First Friday Community Dialogue- February 5, 2016-9a.m.-10a.m.-

Join Leadership Austin and Travis County/Austin Community Area (Free and Open To All)

First Friday, February 5, 2016-9a.m.-10 a.m.

Dialogue: Aspen Institute's Ten Lessons for Taking Leadership on Racial Equity-

Christopher Kennedy-Ashley Phillips-Julie Smith-Belinda J. Matingou-Ricardo Guerrero

Focus: *8. Help people find their roles as agents of change

Who: In 2006, Travis County/Austin residents highlighted:

What: A divide between gender races still exists within Travis County/Austin;

Why: A daily need still exists for gender races (Asian-Pacific Islander residents, Black (African American) residents, Hispanic/Latino/Mexican-American residents, Native American/First Nation residents, White (Anglo/Caucasian) residents to come together, own, share forgive and reconcile conflicts, divides, offenses and trespasses that they are unwilling to forgive that divide them past and present.

Where: Community Room-Between Simpson United Methodist Church-Rev. Robert Waddle

& NAACP-Austin Branch Office-1709 East 12th Street; Austin, Texas 78702; 512/476-6230.

The Ten Lessons

  1. Start with facts and put them in context

  2. Explore contradictions

  3. Create safe spaces for people to talk about race and develop strategies for achieving equity

  4. Engage leaders with the greatest level of influence

  5. Emphasize that today's racial inequities don't depend on intentional racism

*8. Help people find their roles as agents of change

  1. Counter stereotypes and bias

  2. Make sure it's someone's job to focus on the work of building racial equity

  3. Start by preaching to the choir

  4. Support one another and continuously cultivate new leadership

Second Friday-Austin Community College-"School to Profession Pipeline"-Community Workforce Building Dialogue- [Recruitment-Enrollment-Retention-Graduation-Employment] Loretta Edelen-Community Outreach Director; Foster Care Alumni Coordinator

Third Friday-The University of Texas at Austin Division of Diversity and Community Engagement- Suchitra Guruaj Emma Middleton- Erica Saenz-Freddie Dixon

Fourth Friday-Center for Public Policy Priorities Garrett Groves, Economic Opportunity Program Director Groves leads a team of policy analysts that strive to increase educational attainment and ensure economic prosperity for all Texans.

Collaborators: Nelson Linder-President, NAACP Austin Branch and Mike Manor, LCSW, ACSW Social Services Program Administrator, Travis County Health and Human Service & Veterans Service Chair, Travis County Sheriff's Office Building Bridges: Brick by Brick Community Agenda