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, we are partnering with Leadership Greater Washington to expand the regional, cross-sector network of philanthropic, nonprofit, and business leaders who understand racism and are committed to working for racial justice. Together, we are Expanding the Table for Racial Equity.
Our goal: Grow the network of people committed to promoting and working together for racial equity in the Greater Washington region.
Our process: Inform. Engage in a conversation. Move to action.
Note: This series is now sold out. Each session will be filmed and available at www.puttingracismonthetable.org.
Session 6: Building a Regional, Multi-Ethnic Movement for Racial Equity
Speaker: Dr. Manuel Pastor, Professor, Sociology and American Studies & Ethnicity, University of Southern California
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.
About Dr. Pastor:
Dr. Manuel Pastor is Professor of Sociology and American Studies & Ethnicity at the University of Southern California. He currently directs USC's Program for Environmental and Regional Equity and the Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration. Pastor holds an economics Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and is the inaugural holder of the Turpanjian Chair in Civil Society and Social Change at USC. Pastor’s research has generally focused on issues of the economic, environmental and social conditions facing low-income urban communities – and the social movements seeking to change those realities. His current research culminates in the release of his forthcoming book, State of Resistance: What California's Dizzying Descent and Remarkable Resurgence Means for America's Future, in April 2018.
Pastor was the founding director of the Center for Justice, Tolerance, and Community at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He has received fellowships from the Danforth, Guggenheim, and Kellogg foundations, and grants from the Irvine Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the Hewlett Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, the California Environmental Protection Agency, the W.T. Grant Foundation, The California Endowment, the California Air Resources Board, and many others. Pastor speaks frequently on issues of demographic change, economic inequality, and community empowerment and has contributed opinion pieces to such outlets including the Los Angeles Times, the San Jose Mercury News, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Sacramento Bee, the Huffington Post, among many others. In 2017, he received the Champion for Equity Award from the Advancement Project for his work with community-based organizations fighting for social change.