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Bias, Baggage and the Great Beyond

May 22 @ 12:00 pm-1:30 pm

Please RSVP at: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/sjworkshops Please join collaborators Katrina Browne  and Juanita Brown as they openly discuss what keeps getting in the way of this nation moving effectively through the thicket of race, even in liberal and progressive settings.  Encouraging participation from all backgrounds and ideologies attendees will learn how to become more effective practitioners in their applied profession. How does unconscious racial bias show up in our thoughts and actions?  How do bias and baggage—ours and that of others—impact our work in social welfare and public policy institutions, keeping racial disparities and structural racism in place?  How do they impact, for example, the school to prison pipeline?Katrina Browne and Juanita Brown will be hosting in depth workshop in the evening (5:30-8:00 pm) in Room 3333. Biographies:Juanita Capri Brown currently serves on the Leadership Team and heads the education programming efforts of the Tracing Center on Histories and Legacies of slavery, the nonprofit borne out of the documentary film Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North.  Principal of Juanita Brown Consulting, she is also a societal equity consultant specializing in racial equity and healing, strategic community engagement and organizational development.  Over the past 17 years, Juanita has engaged schools, school districts, non-profits, government agencies and communities at large in breakthrough conversations and processes aimed at cultivating restorative systems, relationships, and personal narratives. Juanita’s previous work includes project management for the 2009 East Oakland Building Healthy Communities initiatives of The California Endowment.  She also worked as a Human Capital Consultant at Deloitte and Touche’s public sector consulting practice, Assistant Director for Development at Coalition of Essential Schools National, and School Change Agent at Partners in School Innovation.  Juanita served as co-producer of the Emmy-nominated Traces documentary (PBS 2008), and is an on-going public speaker, trainer and dialogue facilitator with the film. Juanita received her undergraduate degree from Stanford and her Master’s in Public Policy from the Goldman School at UC Berkeley. She also studied dance at the University of Ghana at Legon. A Chicago native, Juanita lives in Oakland, California. Katrina Browne is Director of Ideas & External Affairs, the Tracing Center on Histories & Legacies of Slavery.  She produced/directed Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North, a first-person documentary film about her slave-trading ancestors from Rhode Island, the hidden history of New England’s complicity in slavery, and questions of repair and reconciliation today. With Katrina’s leadership over nine years, over 500 people and institutions were involved in the making of the film. While still in rough-cut form, the film contributed to the Episcopal Church’s decision to atone for its role in slavery. Traces of the Trade premiered in 2008 at the Sundance Film Festival, and aired on PBS later that year, reaching over 1.5 million Americans (it has also aired in Cuba, Canada and Bermuda). The film’s awards include a 2009 Emmy nomination for original historical research, the Henry Hampton Award of the Council on Foundations. Katrina travels extensively with the film as a public speaker, trainer and facilitator on the black/white divide, in the U.S. and overseas.  Katrina was the founding executive director of the Tracing Center, spearheading the development of a range of programs that advance racial equity and healing.  Previously she co-founded Public Allies, an AmeriCorps program now operating in twenty-one cities. She has an M.A. in theology from the Pacific School of Religion.


May 22
12:00 pm-1:30 pm


TBA Public Affairs Building
337 Charles E Young Dr East
Los Angeles, CA 90095 United States