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Resources from Past Sessions

 

Accessible Event Planning
Leah Barron, Programs Director, Accessible Festivals; Co-founder, Inclusion Festival
May 2022

In building community through the power of free, live music, Levitt venues and concert sites can be a beacon to help end the stigmatization of having a disability by more intentionally incorporating accessibility values into event operations—to foster a greater sense of belonging for all abilities and identities so every concertgoer can enjoy a safe, inclusive and amazing experience at Levitt concerts. The Accessible Event Planning session provided an in-depth discussion sharing best practices and tips for welcoming and interacting with disabled guests in a respectful, caring manner.


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Accessible Event Planning (handout)

Going to a Concert at The Musikfest Café: A Social Story

Inclusion Dining & Jams Recap Video

Sample Image Description

Accessible Festivals website

Inclusion Festival website

RAMPD: Recording Artists and Music Professionals with Disabilities website

Accessible website tools:
AccessiBE overlay

Recite Me


Leah Barron
is the Programs Director for Accessible Festivals, the co-founder of Inclusion Festival, a special education teacher, and a registered yoga instructor with experience working in a variety of settings including public schools, private studios, and home-based instruction. Leah is committed to improving the quality of life and access to community resources for people of all abilities through direct service and event planning.

Leah Barron

The Manifestations of Systemic Oppression
Jonny Altrogge, Facilitator/Consultant, True North EDI
March 2022

As a society, our understanding of race and racism operates primarily on an interpersonal level. However, organizations committed to racial equity must have a more complex understanding of the ways that racism manifests at multiple levels from the individual to the societal, and thrives in systems, practices, policies and beliefs within and outside of their organizations.


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Protocols (presentation)

Housing Segregation and Redlining in America (NPR’s “Code Switch”)

Lens of Systemic Oppression (article)

Lens of Systemic Oppression (PDF)

Americas Enduring Caste System

Black Futures: An Ode to Freedom Summer


Jonny Altrogge
 is a Facilitator/Consultant with True North EDI, a Black-owned consulting and professional development firm that operates within the diversity, equity and inclusion space. While continuing his own learning, Altrogge offers facilitation, educator training and DEI coaching to support others on their journey towards understanding what justice, equity, diversity and inclusion mean in our ever-evolving world and communities. He believes that organizational advancement and achievement begins with understanding one’s self and finding ways in which we can grow as individuals. As an outdoor professional, Altrogge advocates for greater diversity in the outdoor industry and accurate representation of POC in the outdoors in order to positively influence and encourage youth of color.

Jonny Altrogge

Creating and Maintaining a Culture of Inclusion
Kimberly B. Lewis, President and CEO of Goodwill Industries of East Texas; Owner, Motivational Muse, LLC
November 2021

Reaching out to people who may be different than yourself can be a bit intimidating, but this is a necessary skill for business and organizational leadership. This engaging workshop highlighted how to recruit, partner and invest in diverse communities. Participants were led in “safe space” discussions and in role playing exercises to help them gain the confidence needed to engage authentically with under-tapped and under-represented audiences.


RESOURCES
Creating and Maintaining a Culture of Inclusion (recording)

Creating and Maintaining a Culture of Inclusion (presentation)


Kimberly B. Lewis
is the President and CEO of Goodwill Industries of East Texas and the owner of Motivational Muse, LLC. She has more than 20 years of executive level nonprofit and business experience—17 of which has been leading Goodwill agencies. She joined Goodwill Industries of East Texas (GIET) in 2013. Prior to joining GIET, she led Goodwill Industries of KYOWVA Area, headquartered in Huntington, W.V. for 10 years.

Kimberly B. Lewis

Awake to Woke to Work: Building a Race Equity Culture
Kerrien Suarez, Executive Director, and Rebekah Gowler, Senior Director, Content and Stakeholder Engagement, Equity in the Center (EiC)
October 2021

During the first session, Equity in the Center (EiC) provided training on the Race Equity Cycle framework for organizational transformation. The second session took a deeper dive into operationalizing equity and included breakout group discussions designed to support the definition of specific priorities and action steps to build a Race Equity Culture.


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Appendix B: Glossary

Race Equity Cycle Pulse Check

How to Get Started Resources

Race to Lead: Revisited

Native Land

Equity in the Center – Video Case Studies

Awake to Woke to Work (AWW) Resource List


Kerrien Suarez
 is the Executive Director of Equity in the Center (EiC). Her focus on diversity, inclusion and equity developed through work with Surge Institute, Camelback Ventures, EdFuel and National Black Child Development Institute, where she supported emerging and established leaders and social entrepreneurs of color. A management consultant with over 20 years of experience, Kerrien led engagements to refine programs and scale impact for national nonprofits, including The First Tee and AARP Experience Corps, while at Community Wealth Partners, where she also coached grantees of the Annie E. Casey, Wells Fargo and Robert Wood Johnson Foundations on issues ranging from organizational capacity and sustainability to place-based collective impact.

Rebekah Gowler is the Senior Director, Content and Stakeholder Engagement, at Equity in the Center. She has over eight years of experience leading racial justice and health equity initiatives in the public sector, and has an MSW and MPH from Boston University. Previously, Rebekah led the development of the Racial Justice and Health Equity Professional Development Series at the Boston Public Health Commission, a training program for all agency staff. In that role, she managed various staff teams and consultant relationships to develop a foundational two-day workshop for all BPHC staff, and served as one of the staff facilitators.

Based in Washington, D.C., Equity in the Center (EiC) works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems in the social sector to increase racial equity. EiC envisions a future where nonprofit and philanthropic organizations advance race equity internally while centering it in their work externally. EiC works with organizations across the country through convenings, working sessions, coaching, and partner trainings.

Kerrien Suarez

Rebekah Gowler

Addressing Implicit Bias
Reverend Dr. Bryant T. Marks, Sr., Founder and Chief Equity Officer, National Training Institute on Race and Equity
June 2021

Despite our best intentions, we all have biases and are susceptible to stereotypes. Implicit biases live deep in our subconscious and provide information on almost every facet of our lives. In this session, Dr. Marks led a highly engaging and interactive discussion on how implicit bias manifests itself in ourselves and our organizations, and how we can change our personal and organizational behaviors and practices.


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Addressing Implicit Bias
Additional Reading


Reverend Dr. Bryant T. Marks, Sr.
is a minister, researcher, trainer, award-winning educator, and former member of the Obama Administration. He is the Founder and Chief Equity Officer of the National Training Institute on Race and Equity and a tenured professor of Psychology at Morehouse College.

Reverend Dr. Bryant T. Marks, Sr.

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Toward Interdependence
Cathleen Antoine-Abiala and Annoj Bhandari, Facilitators, True North EDI
May 2021

This illuminating session set the foundation for integrating equity, diversity and inclusion into organizational practices. Through reflective, authentic, and action-oriented conversations around a deeper examination of EDI language, this workshop unpacked each concept in isolation and discussed their interconnectedness. Concepts included identifying tokenism, superficial change, and other risks associated with “diversity.” Participants explored what prioritizing EDI looks like for them as individuals and within an organizational context.


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EDI Series_Summary

EDI Series_What DEI is Not_Word Cloud

EDI Series_What DEI Is Word Cloud

EDI Series_Your Growing Edge Questions

Facilitated by Cathleen Antoine-Abiala and Annoj Bhandari of True North EDI. True North EDI was founded on the belief that organizational and institutional change can only happen through deep and informed reflection on the ways in which identity, history, and power intersect and impact our lives. We facilitate across spheres to support organizations in making meaningful connections between people and ideas, reflection and action, and past, present, and possibility. Through workshops, coaching, and consulting, we support professional communities in the design and development of human-centered practices, policies, and cultures that allow for and promote the possibility for each individual to show up and thrive as our whole and authentic self.

Cathleen Antoine-Abiala

Annoj Bhandari

Understanding Implicit Bias & Practicing Equity and Anti-Racism
Christine Margiotta, Executive Director, Social Venture Partners Los Angeles
February 2021

What does it mean to practice equity and to be anti-racist? This session unpacked the complexity of white supremacy and white privilege in the United States. We discussed how these dynamics can show up in ourselves and in our work, and what we can do to build a concert series that is more inclusive of our communities.


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Equity in Center Awake-Woke-Work 2019

Awake Woke Work Webinar Slides

White Supremacy Culture — Tema Okun

Land Acknowledgement Toolkit – The California Indian Culture and Sovereignty Center _ Palomar College American Indian Studies Department

Additional EDI Resources

Understanding Implicit Bias & Practicing Equity and Anti-Racism (recording)

Practicing Equity and Anti-Racism (presentation)


Christine Margiotta
 is passionate about channeling our collective power to create enduring justice and community. As Executive Director of Social Venture Partners Los Angeles, she brings together nonprofit, community, and foundation leaders to fuel systemic transformation, facilitating mutual learning, deep connection, and synergistic collaboration. Christine launched SVP’s Systems Change Accelerator to bolster early-stage social justice initiatives and Anti-Racism for White People to support leaders in championing racial justice.

Christine Margiotta