Facing Race 2020 Volunteer Host Committee Members

Conference Date: November 12th-14th 2020
Conference Location: Raleigh, North Carolina
Positions: Volunteer Host Committee Member
Duration: February 2020 - November 2020
Open to North Carolina Residents


About Race Forward
Race Forward catalyzes movement building for racial justice. In partnership with communities, organizations, and sectors, we build strategies to advance racial justice in our policies, institutions, and culture. Race Forward is the publisher of Colorlines and the home to the Government Alliance on Race & Equity.

In 2018, Race Forward hosted Facing Race: A National Conference in Detroit, Michigan. The conference brought together over 3,700 racial justice movement leaders and new activists. In preparation for the 2020 conference, Race Forward is focusing on intentional relationship building with local organizations and leaders in the host city of Raleigh and surrounding counties. This effort includes the hiring of a Local Coordinator and the founding of a volunteer Host Committee.

The Host Committee is an integral part of the planning process for the Facing Race conference. Race Forward is looking to convene the Host Committee of 15-20 members by February 2020. The Host Committee will aim to have its first monthly meeting mid-February. The Volunteer Host Committee will work together with the Facing Race Team and Local Coordinator from February - November 2020. On average, members of the committee can expect to spend about 10 hours a month on committee activities with most meetings taking place in the evenings.   

Host Committee members will receive waived registration (valued at $500) to the conference. Additionally, they will be invited to the Host Committee member pre-conference ‘THANK YOU’ reception on Nov 11th, 2020. *Budget permitting other amenities will be offered.*

Roles & Responsibilities:
Facing Race Community Benefit Agreement

  • Identifies ways that the Facing Race conference can best benefit the local racial justice movement and highlight efforts to advance race equity in Raleigh and other parts of North Carolina.
  • Co-create with Facing Race planning team the Community Benefits Agreement for the conference.
    • The Community Benefits Agreement will help guide the planning for Facing Race 2020. This Agreement will reflect the joint commitment to advance racial justice by centering the leadership, skills, talents, and entrepreneurship of communities of color and other historically disadvantaged communities in the host city.
  • Select the recipients of the 2020 Rinku Sen Innovation Small Grant Award
    • Rinku Sen Award is a small grant award for local organizing groups in North Carolina. Recipients will be publicly acknowledged at the conference.

Program Curation
Curate the following program areas:

  • Opening Program on Thursday, Nov 12th, 2020 with the selection of MCs, speakers, cultural entertainment; with a focus on introducing and showcasing North Carolina—the organizing, and its many cultures to the conference attendees.
  • Design bus or walking tours to take place between Nov 12-14th 2020.
  • Possible pre-conference on Thursday, Nov 12th (could be an issue or identify specific gathering.
  • Help Facing Race Planning team select breakout sessions submitted by NC residents.
  • Identify and recommend artists and performers who should be considered for the conference.
  • Possible off-site parties.


  • Drives outreach in the host city & state for maximum participation of community members. 
  • Outreach to communities of color in Raleigh and surrounding counties, specifically, artists, activist groups,  youth groups, first nation/native groups, queer-identified groups, advocates, cultural workers, white anti-racist groups, educators, student groups, policymakers and race communicators to engage these communities as conference attendees, financial supporters, conference promoters,and volunteers.
  • Travels on occasion to local and regional events to support outreach.


  • Support Race Forward in securing local fundraising and sponsorships to raise money for scholarships for North Carolina residents
  • Support Facing Race planning team to identify businesses that are interested in being a vendor in the exhibit hall.

Skills, Attributes, and Experience:

  • Thorough understanding of/connection to local and regional racial and social justice communities.
  • Commitment to racial justice and progressive values of inclusion.
  • Working knowledge of racial and social justice initiatives and frameworks.
  • Ability to work in a multi-racial, intergenerational committee with people of varied gender identities and expressions. Including people from different socio-economic backgrounds and people with disabilities both seen and unseen.
  • Ability to serve on small committees and teams to plan and execute activities between Feb-Nov 2020. Participants can expect to spend on average about 10 hours a month on committee activities.
  • Comfortable using Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and Google Suite and social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter.
  • Comfortable using video conference platforms like Zoom, Skype, Google Meetings.
  • Ability to handle sensitive and private information.
  • Responsible, hardworking, organized and detail-oriented.
  • Handles pressure well and shows good judgment in high stakes situations.
  • Flexibility and sense of humor.

*The Facing Race team is focused on convening a Host Committee of 15-20 people that is multi-racial, intergenerational, inclusive of people with varied gender identities and expressions, including people from different socio-economic backgrounds and welcoming of people with disabilities both seen and unseen. We encourage people who work in the public and private sectors to apply, as well as students and retirees.*   

Interested? Please e-mail us at facingrace@raceforward.org, with the subject: “FR20 Volunteer Host Committee.” describing in 150 words or less your interest in joining the host committee. The rolling review of applications will continue until we find the right matches.

Race Forward is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, or veteran status.