By Megha Goel It’s not one entity that can solve the problems of racial inequities in America. We need to come together as a community and create solutions. A lot […]
By Megha Goel
It’s not one entity that can solve the problems of racial inequities in America. We need to come together as a community and create solutions. A lot of schools, entities, and nonprofits are bringing experts to work with teachers but there is no sense of urgency. They are talking methods and creating long term plans and strategies. But that’s not fast enough, we really need to ACT NOW. “When we allow authentic discussions with youth, in programs like YODJ or other discussion series, the vulnerability facilitates healing, new thoughts and creates trust,” says Mai Moore.
This conversation was the focus of the July 23, EYEJ Speaks episode entitled Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, which featured an incredible panel of speakers to discuss in length the best practices and strategies to create a more equitable society and the role of young people in the movement. Moderated by Haley Finnerty, the panel included insights from:
EYEJ Founder Mai Moore set the foundation of the discussion by highlighting ‘diversity, equity, and inclusion’ to be the core of what EYEJ is. “EYEJ leads with ‘Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion’ internally; whether it’s with our youth through programming, our team or the board. Furthermore, diversity is important in order to create great solutions… Inclusion is our responsibility. We need to include all. We not only bring our neighbors and the community members to the table for representation but also have their participation in decision-making. Equity is the most important. It’s our responsibility to bring all to an even field.”
In closing, panelist Erica Merritt summarized the discussion best, “We have to get to a point where this feels like everyone’s work..this feels like an American problem and not a black people problem.” She goes on to say, “Racism exists at the structural level and institutional level. We really have to look broadly; at policy, at practice, and of course at our own individual behaviors and those of the people around us.”
Check out Erica DeValve ’s powerful 2018 blog post about her commitment to youth programming and the work of EYEJ.
To watch the entire episode of EYEJ Speaks on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion visit our Facebook page. Listen to the behind the scenes conversation with guests on the EYEJ Podcast on Apple Podcast, Spotify, and Google Podcast. Connectivity is the next episode of the Facebook Live discussion series taking place on Thursday, July 30, 2020, at 10 am ET. Please be sure to register and join this community conversation. Please be sure to RSVP on Facebook or via Zoom to be part of this community conversation.
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