Pre-Institute Workshops
To enhance your Institute experience, we’re offering some exceptional, hands-on workshops for those who can travel on their own to Cary on Monday, January 16th. Additionally, we’re offering low-cost pre- and post-Institute social/outdoor activities to engage even more deeply with the region.

 Pre-Institute: Tuesday, January 17, 2023 *must arrive January 16
  1. Title: Equity and Justice in the Outdoors: Learning from a History of Segregation in Umstead Park  
    Time: 9:30 AM - 1:00 PM (Half Day)
    Cost: $115  (10 person minimum - 25 maximum)
    Description: William B. Umstead State Park is a borderland between nature and industry, history and the present. Throughout the years, the park has hosted numerous different cultures and continues its commitment to the preservation of the natural world. The park we know today was made up of two segregated parks from 1950 to 1964. During this workshop, hike the trails with a park ranger, learn from historians from the local community about Black life and the natural environment, and then use the Design Thinking process to explore ways we might incorporate the lessons of the park’s segregated past in outdoor education.

    About the facilitator: Christen Clougherty, The Nobis Project, brings over twenty years of experience as an educator and administrator in community organizations, K-12 public, charter and independent schools, and colleges/universities. Christen attributes her commitment to using service-learning and civic engagement to promote global citizenship to her experiences as a student at the Carolina Friends School. Her honors include recognition as a National Emerging Scholar for K-12 Service-Learning Research (2008 and 2009) by the National Service-Learning Partnership at the Academy for Educational Development. Christen received her Ph.D. in Quaker Studies from the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom. She completed her doctoral research on the synthesis of experiential education, service-learning, creative-process theory, and global citizenship education. Her Masters of Arts is from Savannah College of Art and Design where her thesis explored how socially conscious artist instigate social change. Christen is also a founding board member of two charter schools in Savannah, GA; Tybee Island Maritime Academy and Susie King Taylor Community School.

  2. Title: Facilitating for the Future - Facilitator Skill Building for Social Justice Work
    Time: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM (Full Day)
    Cost: $375 (includes a set of Facilitator Cards - $75)
    Description: Facilitating social justice conversations can be challenging. How do you manage hearing people out without perpetuating harmful ideas or injuring people in the room? What do you do when someone says something offensive? How do you create a productive learning environment when people are in all different places with their understanding? What elements of facilitation are key to the success of these high-stakes, high-emotion conversations and learning opportunities?

    Facilitating for the Future is a full-day pre-Institute session for advanced experiential educator practitioners focused on empowering you to facilitate deep learning and important conversations. We’ll focus on building both our awareness, skills, and mindsets needed to facilitate social justice education and gatherings focused on creating a more beautiful world.

    About the facilitator: Led by Meg Bolger, long-time social justice educator and professional facilitation geek. Meg is the co-founder of The Safe Zone Project, creator of The Social Justice Toolbox, and CEO of Facilitator Cards—a company dedicated to making the tools of facilitation easy, accessible, and fun to use.


3. Gregg Museum of Art and Design
Time: 9:45 AM - 1:00 PM 
Cost: none.  Meet in the hotel lobby for transport to the museum.
DescriptionVisit one of NC State University’s most historic buildings. The Gregg Museum of Art & Design sparks creativity and encourages exploration through engaging exhibitions, relevant programming, and thought-provoking educational experiences. Focusing on outstanding examples of art, craft, and design, the museum utilizes cross disciplinary collaborations and its extensive collections to foster critical thinking and expand worldviews. The Gregg serves its diverse campus community and the greater Triangle region in a welcoming, accessible, and inclusive environment.


To enhance your Institute experience, we’re offering some exceptional experiences and outings for those planning on extending their stay in Cary into the weekend.

 Post-Institute Activities: Friday, January 20, 2023 
*shuttles for activities 1–3 will leave from hotel lobby

Post Institute Hike: Umstead Park
Time: 2:30 PM–5:30 PM
Cost: none (14 participants with waiting list) 

Duke Gardens
Time: 2:00 PMdusk
Cost: none (14 participants with waiting list)



Black History of Durham Tour
Time: 2:30 PM–5:30 PM 
Cost: none (14 participants)



Post-institute Happy Hour: 
Raleigh Brewing at the Arboretum
Time: 5:30 PM–?
Cost: on your own