Applied Research Center based in New York City facilitates a biannual conference on racial equity called Facing Race. This conference will be brought to Dallas, Texas in November 2014. This conference has never been hosted in a southern city. As a way to move into meaningful and collaborative racial equity work in Dallas, the Embrey Family Foundation, along with another family foundation, are collaborating with Applied Research Center to train and build capacity with local nonprofit partners to bring racial issues to the fore and focus on movement building toward needed solutions. This effort will build towards the 2014 conference and will establish a young leaders' coalition in Dallas that will own the Dallas Faces Race movement and help build a richly diverse and inclusive city of the future they can call their own.
Dallas Faces Race is the beginning of a sustainable forum on race in Dallas. The forum will bring together organizations to actively build their capacity to address racial equity and make change. Dallas Faces Race will move beyond discussion groups on race, cultural awareness and diversity. Dallas Faces Race will engage those who are ready to define equity and collaborate to make change.
Two family foundations have been the anchor funders for the Dallas Faces Race forum. There is a need for dollar resources as well as knowledge resources to assist taking it to the next level. There is a need to leverage the interest in the city and public sector with the nonprofit partners to move beyond awareness to action. A poll was funded by the Embrey Family Foundation on race in Dallas. It clearly highlighted that there is optimism for the future of race issues in Dallas, but communities do not see a shared fate in working toward this future right now.