Listenings & Learnings Report
In July 2020, Atlanta Track Club announced its Common Ground initiative, a program designed to educate and inform its staff, leadership and members on issues of social justice and anti-racism. Over the past two years, the Club donated benches made from recycled water bottles used at the 50th Running of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Peachtree Road Race to local non-profits, schools, parks, public institutions and partner corporations throughout the Metro Atlanta area. The benches - part of the Club's existing efforts on environmental stewardship - were used as a designated space for learning about the history and impact of systemic racism in the United States and listening to ways in which it might be dismantled.
A total of 27 conversations were conducted with various organizations. Benches were then left behind as a place for these organizations to continue to have their own conversations on and about race. This report summarizes the Club's Common Ground findings to date. It intends to take these learnings and apply them to the Club's own Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) work.
You can watch the complete list of conversations on Atlanta Track Club's YouTube channel here.