The Path to Racial Equity: Practical Steps Toward a More Equal Society

Jan 14, 2021

The Path to Racial Equity: Practical Steps Toward a More Equal Society

Despite America’s most sacred ideal of egalitarianism, racial inequality has been a fact of American life throughout our history. Despite historic civil rights advancements, systemic inequity continues to be ingrained in our society—including in our own communities—holding us back from our promise.

How can we all make a difference? The Path to Racial Equity, a series of six free virtual programs beginning on Thursday, January 14th at 5:30pm, will draw on experts who will examine the issues surrounding racial inequity in Austin and offer simple, practical steps each of us can take to be part of the solution.

Registration is free and open to the public. You can sign up here.

Following the Thursday virtual conversations, the Central Texas Collective for Racial Equity will host “Path to Equity: The Aftershow” every Tuesday on Facebook Live. Central Texas regional thought-leaders will share their personal reactions, insights and perspectives to each episode in the Path to Equity series in a small roundtable conversation followed by a live Q&A. More information to come.

You can register for the The Aftershow here.

Keep the conversation going online and let us know you’re attending by using #EquityATX

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The Path to Racial Equity Virtual Conversations 
Thursdays at 5:30pm, January 14- February 18

Thursday, January 14: EDUCATION AND UNDERSTANDING

Description: How can we educate ourselves to better understand and be conscious of the everyday marginalization and inequity experienced by people of color? 

Guest: Glenn E. Singleton, Founder and President of Courageous Conversation
Moderator: Mark K. Updegrove, President & CEO, LBJ Foundation

Thursday, January 21: HOW DID WE GET HERE?

Description: What is the historical context for the issues of race our country currently faces? What is at the root of the racial injustice that contradicts our nation’s ideals & continues to hold us back from our promise?

Guest: Dr. Peniel Joseph, Professor of Public Affairs and Founder of the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy, LBJ School of Public Affairs, The University of Texas at Austin
Moderator: Leslie Wingo, President & CEO of Sanders\Wingo

Thursday, February 4: ECONOMIC JUSTICE

Description:  What does economic inequality look like for people of color—and what policies have deepened the racial wealth gap? How can we bridge the gap and create long-term economic opportunity?

Guest: Tam Hawkins, President & CEO of the Greater Austin Black Chamber of Commerce
Moderator: Renee LaFair, Regional Director of the Anti-Defamation League in Austin, Texas

Thursday, February 11: A VIEW FROM THE NEXT GENERATION

Description: How is the next generation fighting for racial justice? What do they have to say about the pursuit of Racial Justice and what might we all learn from listening to the voices of young people? How do we nurture anti-racist children and what do they need from us?

Guest: Dawn Burnside, Senior Director of Racial Equity and Social Justice, Creative Action, Natalie Goodnow, School-based Program Director, Creative Action and young people from Creative Action Teen programs
Moderator: Karen LaShelle, Executive Director, Creative Action

Thursday, February 18: POLITICAL INFLUENCE AND INVOLVEMENT

Description:  How can we best wield our individual and collective political influence toward meaningful systemic change? How can we ensure that political candidates and elected officials promote and pursue a racial equity agenda?

Guest: Chas Moore, Founder of the Austin Justice Coalition
Moderator: Dr. Victoria DeFrancesco Soto, Assistant Dean for Civic Engagement and a Lecturer at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, The University of Texas at Austin

Thursday, January 28: ORGANIZATIONAL DIVERSIFICATION, INCLUSION & ADVANCEMENT

Description:  How can we do better in recruiting and developing people of color—at every level—in the organizations we represent? What steps can we take to ensure that they feel included and that their voices are heard? What can we do to ensure that no one encounters barriers toward organizational advancement?

Guest: Kelli Mason, Partner at Notley Tide
Moderator: Marjorie Clifton, Principal at Clifton Consulting LLC

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Path to Equity: The Aftershow
Tuesdays following “The Path to Racial Equity” series
January 19- February 23

After each virtual program, The Central Texas Collective for Racial Equity will host “Path to Equity: The Aftershow” every Tuesday on Facebook Live. Central Texas regional thought-leaders will share their personal reactions, insights and perspectives to each episode in the Path to Equity series in a small roundtable conversation followed by a live Q&A. More information to come.

To learn more about the Central Texas Collective for Racial Equity, please visit: ctcracialequity.org.

Special Thanks to Our Partners:

Austin Area Urban League
Austin Chamber of Commerce
Anti-Defamation League Austin
Austin Justice Coalition
Austin LGBT Chamber of Commerce
Austin NAACP
Austin PBS
Austin Young Chamber
Central Texas Collective for Racial Equity
Creative Action
Future Forum
Greater Austin Black Chamber of Commerce
Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
LBJ Foundation
LBJ School of Public Affairs
Leadership Austin
Notley Tide
Sanders/Wingo
Shalom Austin
Six Square

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Contact Us

Sarah McCracken
Director of Public Programs
LBJ Presidential Library
2313 Red River St.
Austin, TX 78705
[email protected]


Deborah Arronge
Membership Manager

LBJ Presidential Library
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