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Racial Justice Lunch and Learn Meetings
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Racial Justice Lunch and Learn Meetings

Children’s Institute began offering our staff voluntary Racial Justice Lunch and Learns in April 2020. To date, we have met over 35 times. Attendance has been consistent and strong; some staff attend regularly; others attend occasionally; we all have something to share and we are all learners. In recent months, we began inviting Children’s Institute Board Members, and our colleagues at Roc the Future and Common Ground to join us as we work toward our personal and collective Cultural Humility goals. With funding from the Greater Rochester Health Foundation, we are making the content and format of these learning sessions accessible to the community.

We decided to offer Racial Justice Lunch and Learns because they were easily doable within the workweek and helped us move our organization forward. As Children’s Institute staff was striving to understand America’s, our organization’s, and our own personal history with racism, especially as it pertains to anti-Black racism, several of the Racial Justice offerings were selected to provide knowledge “building blocks.” Videos were chosen to highlight key issues, writers and leaders, or current events such as COVID-19, the killings of George Floyd and Daniel Prude, the Black Lives Matter protests, violence against Asians and Pacific Islanders, or the national response to Critical Race Theory.

Almost all links for the Racial Justice Lunch and learns are free, available content on YouTube (usually Ted Talks) and do not in any way belong to Children’s Institute. “Additional resources”–articles and podcasts–are shared as relevant to the day’s topic and are mostly accessible links to all. However, at times a link may be behind a paywall (e.g., New York Times article) and is not (yet) available to anyone who is not a subscriber.

Our offerings to date are far from comprehensive in terms of addressing the history of race, power, and privilege in this country. However, as Children’s Institute continues to learn together, we will share additional content addressing racism targeting Black, Latinx, Indigenous, Muslims, and other communities of color. If your organization finds useful content, please share that as well by sending it to eleopold [at] childrensinstitute.net (Ellen Leopold). We thank the United Way 21 Day Challenge for two videos used that we chose to show as part of our Lunch and Learns.

Format outlining our processes for the Zoom Lunch and Learn Meetings

Lunch and Learn Meetings:

America's Caste – Isable Wilkerson

American History and the Lies We Teach

American Latinos, Latinas and Latinx Young Adults Center Their Stories

At Work, Who Gets Heard and Who Gets Seen

Critical Race Theory Part 2 and the 1619 Project

Deconstructing White Privilege with Dr. Robin DeAngelo

Examining Social and Emotional Learning through an Equity & Identity Lens

How Implicit Bias Functions

How 'Missing White Woman Syndrome' Has Real Life Implications

How Racism Makes Us Sick

Indigenous Artists Speak Out

MLK Talks 'New Phase' Of Civil Rights Struggle, 11 Months Before His Assassination

No. You Cannot Touch My Hair.

Racism, Policing Practices, and Driving While Black

Redlining, the Federal Housing Administration, and the Wealth Gap, Part 1

Redlining, the Federal Housing Administration & the Wealth Gap Part 2

Social Determinant of Health and Tackling Health Disparities

Tackling Health Disparities - Lisa Cooper, MD

The Dangers of Whitewashing Black History

The Great Migration and the Power of a Single Decision

The New Jim Crow Mass Incarceration in the United States

Why is Anti-Asian Racism on the Rise in the US?

The Story and Implication of Seizing LA’s Bruce Beach from its Black Owners

Tulsa Race Massacre Survivors Testify

What Is–Or Isn’t–Critical Race Theory PART 1

What will a US investigation into Native American boarding schools uncover? | The Stream

White People Must Do Their Own Work in Anti-Racism and Social Justice

Why English Class is Silencing Students of Color

Dismantling White Supremacy in Education Part 1

Dismantling White Supremacy in Education Part 2

Dolores Huerta, Co-Founder of the United Farm Workers

Missing White Women Parts 1 & 2

The Case for Reparations Part 1

The Case for Reparations Part 2

(Please stay tuned for more meetings to be posted)