Thought Leadership Series: Expanding the Table for Racial Equity

January 31, 2018

A new Thought Leadership Series in partnership with Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers

In 2016, WRAG led a groundbreaking effort called Putting Racism on the Table. The goal was to promote learning and understanding about the depth, breadth, and impact of racism among the leadership of philanthropic institutions in the region. 

Now,  Leadership Greater Washington is partnering with WRAG to build a regional, cross-sector cohort of philanthropic, nonprofit, and business leaders who understand racism and are committed to working for racial justice. Together, we are working to Expand the Table for Racial Equity. 

WRAG President Tamara Copeland ('04) shares her insights on the new partnership with LGW and the need for collaborative programs such as this. 


The series kicked off with an opening reception at Ben's Chilli Bowl featuring a lecture from Dr. Bernard Demczuk, a retired professor from George Washington University, on the history of racism in D.C. Learn more about the conversation and watch a video presentation with Professor Demczuk. 

Expanding the Table Series: 

January 31 | Building a Community
Inca Mohamed, Internationally Recognized Facilitator & Trainer
It is not easy to have a productive and authentic conversation about race outside of your primary circle of colleagues. Through a brief homework assignment and facilitated conversations at this session, the group will begin to evolve into a community ready to learn together and consider their own individual and collective action. Attendance at this session is mandatory.

February 13 | Structural Racism 
Dr. Ibram Kendi,  Author, Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America and Founding Director, Anti-Racist Research and Policy Center, American University
The racial disparities in society today are perpetuated by structures and systems that benefit some and disadvantage others. Dr. Kendi will explore the deep historical roots of these structures and their current realities. Following the lecture, participants will explore what they can do to alter the structures that have led to existing societal inequities.

March 16 | White Privilege
Dr. Robin DiAngelo, Author, What Does It Mean to be White?
What does it mean to be White in a society that proclaims race meaningless yet is deeply divided by race? Dr. DiAngelo will describe the way race shapes the lives of White people, explain what makes racism so hard for White people to see, and identify common White racial patterns that prevent us from moving towards racial equity. 
April 10 | Implicit Bias 
[Select to participate in morning or afternoon training]
Drs. Patricia Devine & Will Cox, Department of Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Messages that we receive from family, friends, schools, religious institutions, and the media shape how we perceive ourselves and others. These cultural cues are with us constantly. Though we often don’t realize it consciously, they shape our biases and influence our assumptions of and reactions to others. How do we fight the messages that breed racism? This session will offer tools for change.

May 11 | The Role of Government in Advancing Racial Equity
Julie Nelson, Director of the Government Alliance on Race & Equity and Karla Bruce, Deputy Director, Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood & Community Services 
Across the country, state and local governments are beginning to take the lead on addressing racial inequity. What are some examples of how this has happened? What is the role of community leaders in shaping these conversations and leading this action? Nelson will provide you, community leaders, with evidence to share with your elected and appointed officials to prompt their focus on racial equity.

June 11 | Building a Regional, Multi-Ethnic Movement for Racial Equity
Dr. Manuel Pastor, Professor, Sociology and American Studies & Ethnicity, USC
In the Greater Washington region, a conversation about racism and racial equity must cross geographic jurisdictions and racial and ethnic lines. Is the Greater Washington region ready to hold a summit on racial equity? What factors must be considered? How do we build on the foundation that we have laid? How have such alliances occurred in other regions of the country? Dr. Pastor will lead us through a discussion on regionalism and racial equity.


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