Serve-Learn-Sustain and Georgia Tech’s iGniTe program present a BlueJeans Live Event: “Centering Racial Equity in Equitable and Sustainable Development”
Monday, July 20, 5:00-6:00pm
In this moment, many of us are seeking to learn more about the roots of racial inequity, in Atlanta and beyond. In response, SLS and many of our Georgia Tech partners have facilitated conversations with students, staff, and faculty around race and racism. We have compiled and shared resources on racial inequity and its relationship to opportunities and barriers to advancing community sustainability. Find SLS’ most recent list of resources on the COVID-19 Pandemic and Racial Justice here.
In addition to listening and learning, exploring examples of positive change agents and organizations that are making a difference is critically important. Positive examples can help counter feelings of hopelessness about the magnitude of the challenges we face. SLS works with many Atlanta-based organizations that center racial equity in their work to advance innovative social change. The creative, compelling, and courageous work of these organizations can help us better understand the challenges we face. They also can help those of us who have not been engaged in promoting racial equity to identify “a way in” – opportunities to lend our own gifts to shaping a more equitable and sustainable future.
Please join Serve-Learn-Sustain and iGniTe’s Sustainable Communities program on July 20 to explore the many intersections between racial equity and equitable and sustainable development here in Atlanta and globally. In this interactive panel conversation, you will have the opportunity to learn from the wisdom and experience of three truly dynamic Women of Color: Carol Hunter, Odetta MacLeigh-White, and Nicole Moore. Our panelists will discuss how and why racial equity is central to the mission of their work and how their organizations are responding to the growing movement for racial justice in the U.S. They will help participants understand why advancing racial equity is central to advancing equitable and sustainable development, and how they go about engaging others in that mission.
Another thing we can do is keep learning, teaching, and sharing about racial inequity and racial justice. Right now, we are also concerned about the inequities emerging with COVID-19 and the need to develop better systems thinking skills to try to avoid “wicked problems” like the pandemic and climate change in the future. We have compiled and shared resources on COVID-19, racial justice, and sustainability, and will keep updating the list as we identify more useful resources. Take a look at the list – and share your contributions - here. We hope you find them useful.
Hope to see you tonight!
More about Our Panelists:
Nicole Moore is Director of Education with the National Center for Civil and Human Rights (NCCHR). Nicole is a Public History & Museum professional with a focus on American history from Slavery to Civil Rights. Located just a half-mile South of campus, NCCHR is a cultural center that connects the American Civil Rights Movement to contemporary Global Human Rights Movements. The Center also leads outreach and engagement initiatives including a webinar series on Health and Human Rights. Currently, the Center’s Campaign for Equal Dignity sponsors virtual events and provides anti-racism resources and training.
Odetta MacLeish-White is Managing Director of the TransFormation Alliance. Odetta is a Community Development professional with experience in affordable housing, community stabilization, and Transit Oriented Development initiatives. The TransFormation Alliance is a partnership of nonprofits, government agencies, and businesses working to ensure that opportunities and benefits associated with transit investments are shared equitably. TFA centers racial equity as it engages communities in initiatives to improve housing, employment, health, and transportation options in Metro Atlanta.
Carol Hunter is Executive Director of Truly Living Well Center for Natural Urban Agriculture (TLW). Carol is a Broadcast and Nonprofit professional who is committed to positioning TLW as a leader in the Urban Agriculture Movement. Truly Living Well grows better communities by connecting people with the land and with good food. TLW manages multiple farm sites in Metro Atlanta that produce Certified Naturally grown fruits, vegetables, herbs, flowers, and other value-added products. The organization’s on-site training programs create a welcoming space where communities members can learn to grow healthy food.