In North Carolina, A Steward Confronts Structural Racism and Unjust Legacies to Build a Thriving Future

Stewards work with others to create the conditions that everyone needs to thrive, beginning with those who are struggling and suffering. But what happens when a steward recognizes that to be in deeper, trusting relationships with the people an organization serves, you must acknowledge the role your organization has played in causing harm? If you are Dr. Laura Gerald, president of the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust in North Carolina, you confront it, head on. Because stewardship takes courage. Reflection. Transparency. And the ability to reckon with the past and cultivate shared aspirations for a future built for well-being, equity, and racial justice.

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