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Co-founded in 2019 by Mike and Emily Green, a biracial couple living in southern Oregon, Common Ground Conversations on Race in America (CGC) began as a workshop for parents and teachers on “How to Talk to Kids About Race in America.” Emily’s background in social work and her experience in managing wraparound services for at-risk families, coupled with Mike’s unique lens as a cultural economist and national consultant on Inclusive Competitiveness® strategies, laid the foundation for a first-of-its-kind approach to informing, educating and equipping leaders across industry sectors who engage the public and grapple with issues of race. The CGC journey began with a series of inquiries to Emily regarding the home school training of their two young boys on issues of race.
Hastings said he and his wife became familiar with Tougaloo because of the college's partnership with Brown University in Rhode Island. The $10 million donations will go to help with scholarships for students in the program with the Ivy League school.
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