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
Speakers: Dr. Manuel Pastor, Professor, Sociology and American Studies & Ethnicity, University of Southern California, & Leon Andrews, Director, Race, Equity & Leadership, National League of Cities
In this 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? Dr. Pastor will lead us through a discussion on regionalism and racial equity. Leon Andrews will then facilitate a conversation about what a summit on race, racism and the future of Greater Washington would mean for our region.
About Dr. Manuel 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.
About Leon Andrews
Leon T. Andrews, Jr. was appointed as the inaugural director for Race, Equity And Leadership (REAL) at the National League of Cities and currently serves as chair of the board for the National Recreation and Parks Association. Prior, Leon served as the senior fellow and program director at the National League of Cities’ Institute for Youth, Education, and Families, where he led all of the Institute’s youth development work with mayors and other municipal leaders around the country including in areas related to childhood obesity, disconnected youth, youth engagement and leadership, and youth master planning since 2006. Before joining the National League of Cities, Leon completed a research fellowship at The Forum for Youth Investment. Leon has an extensive background working in government, the community, the private sector, and academia for the last 25 years including the United States Department of Justice, United States Senator Barbara A. Mikulski, the United States Public Interest Research Group, the Allegheny County Department of Human Services, YouthBuild Pittsburgh, the Development Corporation of Columbia Heights, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and as an adjunct professor in the Department of Political Science at Eastern Michigan University. He is a published author, a presenter at several conferences and other forums throughout the country and world, and serves on a number of national and local boards including ChangeLab Solutions (chair), National Council on Crime and Delinquency and the National Network for Youth. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Howard University, a Master of Science in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University, and is a PhD candidate in the Urban and Regional Planning program at The University of Michigan.