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CHANGING THE LEGACY OF RACE & ETHNICITY

Cutting Edge Leadership

Join our next conversation on February 1, 2022, at 7 p.m. MDT in a a public conversation with innovative leaders about health care, education, and housing/unhoused to help us figure out how to create a better future for everyone. Topics will include bias and inequity in the workplace, how to support change, and how to get involved in racial justice work. On Tuesday, February 1, 2022 at 7 p.m., Ginnie Logan from Chinook Fund will moderate and speak with panelists Dr. Lilia Cervantes, Dr. Michael Benitez, Cole Chandler, and Erin Yoshimura. The conversation will include live Q & A with online participants on Colorado Humanities and its partners’ Facebook pages and YouTube channels.

You can view the recorded event on Colorado Humanities Facebook [1] page and YouTube [2] channel.

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Moderator and Panelists

Ginnie Logan, Chinook Fund

Chinook Fund Program Director

Ginnie is an educational research practitioner with 14 years of instructional leadership as a high school teacher, middle school assistant principal, university professor and researcher, program director, academic theorist, and non profit founder. Some of her academic work can be found in her recent book, Black Girl Civics and many articles on youth activism. Ginnie also co-leads The Giving Project, and founded Big Hair, Bigger Dreams. Her current passion, The E/P Project, focuses on closing the wealth gap for working-class high school students and their families.

Dr. Lilia Cervantes, University of Colorado Denver

Associate Professor

Dr. Lilia Cervantes is a physician with a deep commitment to community service, programs, health policy activism, and research focused on promoting health justice for underserved communities, such as racial and ethnic minorities. Lilia completed her bachelor’s degree, medical degree, and internal medicine residency in Colorado and has worked at Denver Health, the safety-net hospital for the city of Denver, for over 13 years. Lilia has partnered with patients and stakeholders to create change that advances the health and well-being of Colorado’s racial and ethnic minority communities. 

Dr. Michael Benitez, Metropolitan State University of Denver

Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion

Dr. Michael Benitez is a nationally acclaimed higher education scholar and practitioner in the field of diversity, equity, and inclusion related to leadership and identity development, intersectionality, race and ethnicity, and knowledge production. Benitez’s deep knowledge and practice of innovative equity and inclusion-based strategies, including the Diversity Monologues and the Northwest 5 Consortium for supporting faculty of color, have helped to address some of higher education’s more pressing campus issues of today.

Cole Chandler, Colorado Village Collaborative

Co-founder/Executive Director

Cole Chandler is an organizer, activator, and community builder working at Colorado Village Collaborative, a nonprofit organization that focuses on providing transformational housing, community development, and public education and advocacy as levers towards solving the housing and homelessness crisis. An ordained minister, he is also a member of the Denver Catholic Worker Community. Cole’s moral commitment to work among poor and marginalized people has allowed him to join a community whose struggle is his own. 

Erin Yoshimura, Empowerful Changes

Founder/Principal

Erin Yoshimura, Founder and Principal of Empowerful Changes, LLC, has empowered clients through leadership, diversity training, and executive coaching for over 20 years. Erin is a certified emotional intelligence trainer and a certified professional coach with certificates in Diversity & Inclusion and Conflict Resolution from Cornell University. She combines her corporate and nonprofit experience and her passion for equity and inclusion with training and coaching to teach empowerful leadership and cultural agility skills.

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Policing in Communities of Color

On October 6, 2021, at 7 p.m. MDT. Attorney, former Colorado state senator and representative Penfield Tate moderated a public conversation with Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition Deputy Director Juston Cooper, former Independent Monitor of the Denver Police and Sheriff Departments Nicholas Mitchell, civil rights attorney Qusair Mohamedbhai, and Aurora Police Chief Vanessa Wilson. They talked about the past, present, and future issues surrounding policing and public safety in communities of color and explore how to work together to enhance public safety. You can view the recorded event on Colorado Humanities Facebook [1] page and YouTube [2] channel.

Moderator and Panelists

Penfield
W. Tate III
Juston
Cooper
Nicholas
E. Mitchell
Quisar
Mohamedbhai
Vanessa
Wilson

This program is the sixth in the collaborative Changing the Legacy of Race and Ethnicity – Conversations for One America series presented by Colorado Humanities and many partners to encourage understanding and discussion about the legacy of race and ethnicity in America. Conversations examine causes for current situations and offer ways to make changes now for a more just future. This program was inspired by summer 2020 events, when several violent acts of racism sparked an awakening in America and the streets were filled with passionate advocates who demanded the end of police brutality and systemic racism.

Whites and Racial Justice

Dr. Dwinita Mosby Tyler facilitated a conversation with journalist and author Helen Thorpe and former Colorado State Senator Michael “Mike” Johnston of Gary Investments about what Whites can do to support racial justice. The panelists responded to live to questions and comments from online participants. View the recorded event on Youtube [4] and Facebook [5].

Moderator and Panelists

Dr. Dwinita Mosby Tyler
Helen Thorpe
Mike Johnston

Latinx Equity Before/After Covid

View an online panel of experts [13] from a health equity agency, city government, school board, and chamber of commerce discussing issues and prospects for Covid-19 recovery for Latinx and Hispanic communities, both locally and nationally. This public conversation addresses equity gaps in education, health, and economics for Latinx and Hispanic Coloradans. The Covid-19 pandemic has exacerbated existing racial and ethnic inequalities. According to recent data from the Kaiser Family Foundation, white Coloradans are twice as likely to have received at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine as Hispanic Coloradans.

Moderator and Panelists

Theresa Trujillo
Bobby LeFebre
Debbie Ortega
Angela Cobián
Mike Ferrufino

About the Series

The issue of racism and violence against people of color runs deep. While we‘ve made progress over the years, this feels like a moment when people all over the country recognize that half-measures are not enough. This is a deep, centuries-in-the-making challenge that we face to undo racism, and we need decisive action.

Changing the Legacy of Race & Ethnicity is a conversation series initiated by Colorado Humanities and implemented with partners to encourage understanding and discussion about the legacy of race and ethnicity in America, and how to make changes now for a more just future.

The first five panel presentations are available to view on Colorado Humanities’ and select partners’ YouTube [14] and Facebook [15] pages.

Please help support Changing the Legacy of Race & Ethnicity through your sponsorships and personal contributions.

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We urge all Coloradans to find their own ways to contribute to the struggle for justice and human rights, and we are redoubling our efforts to find ours.

We are always looking for ways to make our programs more relevant, more accessible, more inclusive, and more effective. Offering the important Changing the Legacy of Race & Ethnicity program is one more step we are taking now.

Your support is vital to the important and timely initiation of this program in 2020, and its sustainability into the future. Donating today is a simple step you can take now, too, to endorse learning and discussion about the issues of race and ethnicity in Colorado. Thank you!

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Want to know more? Read, view, and listen to selected resources by clicking the button to the right, and here’s a Federation of State Humanities Council blog [18] about the program

To learn how to support this statewide program as a Sponsor or Partner, please contact Director of Programs Josephine Jones at jones@coloradohumanities.org. [19]

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