Join us for this kickoff to the 2017 21-Day Racial Equity Challenge! During this webinar, we’ll dig into the purpose and goals of the Challenge, get oriented to how it works, and hear from past participants about how this experience of daily practice has been affirming and awakening, empowering them to action. Our Racial Equity Challenge planning team will be joined by three presenters.
About the presenters
Ron Crosson, Filmmaker and Consultant
For more than a decade, Ron has assisted individuals and businesses in discovering their strategic advantages and offerings, and helped them to communicate these powerful stories within them in ways that drive success. Ron has worked with clients ranging from the United States’ first Dominican American State Senator to Hollywood’s first Latina Stuntwoman, from the founder of Rhode Island’s largest Latino Business Expo to two scientists holding 13 worldwide technology patents, from a songwriter who collaborated on a Latin Grammy Winning album to the leader of a school system that has been recognized nationally for its amazing turnaround, working with individuals from a wide-range of fields spanning fine art to music, and nutrition and yoga to jewelry manufacturing. Currently, Ron is working on a podcast that will share empowering stories of people he has encountered along his life’s journey. He is excited to also be working on a project that will share some inspiring and enlightening stories through the lens of the ‘Trailblazers,’ people of color invited to participate in New England Food Summits by Ambassadors during their statewide outreach in CT, MA, and RI.
Debby Irving, Racial Justice Educator and Writer
Debby brings to racial justice the perspective of working as a community organizer and classroom teacher for 25 years without understanding racism as a systemic issue or her own whiteness as an obstacle to grappling with it. As general manager of Boston’s Dance Umbrella and First Night, and later as a classroom teacher in Cambridge, Massachusetts, she struggled to make sense of tensions she could feel but not explain in racially mixed settings. In 2009, a graduate school course, Racial and Cultural Identities, gave her the answers she’d been looking for and launched her on a journey of discovery. Debby now devotes herself to working with white people exploring the impact white skin can have on perception, problem solving, and engaging in racial justice work. A graduate of the Winsor School in Boston, she holds a BA from Kenyon College and an MBA from Simmons College. Her first book, Waking Up White, tells the story of how she went from well-meaning to well-doing.
Sara Garrard, Pastor
Sara is the pastor at Old West Church, a United Methodist congregation in Boston, MA. She is a 2017 Lewis Fellow at Wesley Theological Seminary and sits on the Advisory Board of the Boston Food Forest Coalition. A transplant from Georgia, she comes from a long line of Methodist pastors. Sara is passionate about social justice, particularly as it pertains to equality for all genders, sexualities, ethnicities and belief system. Her formal education includes a Master of Divinity from Candler School of Theology, Emory University (2013) and a CTM from the University of Cambridge (2013). Her thesis dealt with examining the redemption of female sexuality found in the Gospel of John’s account of the resurrection of Jesus and the women at the tomb. Currently she is working on a Doctorate of Ministry at Emory University. Sara envisions the resurrection of the dying church as something that is grounded in equity, mercy and justice.
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