Jen explores racial equity work with two people who are creating change; Dr. Tamu Green and Judah Sanders are determined to spare us from another injustice - another atrocity - based simply on race. Messy conversations are most productive when a spirit of curiosity and grace is present. When Jen did not know ways to approach aspects of this topic or how to admit her ignorance as a white woman, she was met with “amnesty always.” Thus, she learned a bit more about her part in the work. May it be so for all of us.
DR. TAMU GREEN is a developmental psychologist and thought leader who brings expertise and lived experience in communities facing inequities in her pursuit of social justice through institutional and systems change. For nearly 30 years, she has been engaged in power building efforts that synergize resources, facilitate equity-oriented decision making, and turn advocacy into outcomes. Dr. Green is the CEO of the Equity and Wellness Institute, where she works collaboratively with a talented team of consultants to assess and meet a wide variety of clients’ and communities’ needs.
JUDAH SANDERS’ faith journey has fueled his passion for diversity, inclusion, equity, and wellness. As an Ordained Minister, Judah has served the Sacramento Region in full-time ministry since 2014. Judah's intersectional identity and his degrees in Communication and Theology help inform the way he participates in building a world where all people are free and safe. Judah specializes in coaching, training, and community healing for the Equity and Wellness Institute.
The Equity and Wellness Institute excels at community engagement and capacity building that promotes connection, resource distribution, and power sharing; training and coaching on all aspects of personal, institutional, and systemic change; facilitation of emotionally charged subject matter; and transformational strategic planning, particularly the development of racial equity action plans and decision support tools to increase transparency and accountability. Among others, we have conducted training, created plans, engaged stakeholders, and facilitated change for the California Department of Public Health's Office of Health Equity, the California Arts Council, CalABLE, the Oakland Family Resource Center Network, the California Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission, and the Sacramento Continuum of Care.
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Great people, places, or things we referenced during this episode:
UCLA Implicit Bias Series -- https://equity.ucla.edu/know/implicit-bias/
The podcast CodeSwitch
Blink by Malcolm Gladwell
How to be Less Stupid about Race by Crystal M. Fleming
Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi
Fatal Invention: How Science, Politics, and Big Business Re-Create Race in the Twenty-First Century by Dorothy Roberts
Black Futures by Kimberly Drew and Jenna Wortham
Caste by Isabel Wilkerson
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