49 minutes | May 9, 2023
Economic Justice in Western North Carolina
Vicki Meath, and her team at Just Economics, are working to build an economy in Western North Carolina that works better for everyone. In this episode, we learn about the creative and practical steps they are taking toward economic justice. If you are working on economic justice, equity, or inclusion in a smaller city or rural community, this episode is for you. If you're part of a community where state and local policies aren't friendly to economic justice, inclusion, or equity, this episode is also for you. Join us as we learn how Just Economics is leading and empowering change in the communities they serve. Full Transcript HERE. Learn more about Just Economics. Learn more about Tompkins County Workers' Center. Learn about the Center for the Study of Economic Mobility at Winston-Salem State University. Vicki's Bio: Vicki comes to Just Economics with a background in community organizing. She has worked on environmental, social, and economic justice issues ranging from responsible oil and gas drilling to protecting health and human services in the Ohio state budget. In 2006, Vicki worked with Let Justice Roll and Cleveland Jobs with Justice on the successful campaign to raise the state minimum wage and continued to work with Jobs with Justice on the Cuyahoga County Living Wage Campaign and other worker justice issues. Vicki has a strong commitment to and passion for economic justice work. Vicki has a teenage daughter and has lived in the Asheville area since 2007. Vicki has been involved in a variety of community activities and lives in West Asheville.
43 minutes | Apr 27, 2023
Building Community in Charlotte, NC
At the State of Inclusion Podcast, we are on a journey to discover what it takes to build more inclusive communities. There are few communities working harder at this than Charlotte, NC. In this episode, we talk with Janeen Bryant, Executive Director of Charlotte's Community Building Initiative. Join us as we learn how they are building community in Charlotte, NC. Full Transcript HERE. Learn more about the Community Building Initiative. A Few Additional Charlotte Economic Mobility, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Initiatives: Leading on Opportunity Charlotte's Office of Equity, Mobility, and Immigrant Integration The Mayor's Racial Equity Initiative Charlotte-Mecklenburg Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Conference Charlotte Alliance Foundation More episodes about Charlotte. Learn about Leading on Opportunity by listening to our interview, Achieving Economic Mobility for Charlotte - with Sherri Chisolm. Listen to the TED Talk that Janeen mentioned, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: The Danger of a Single Story. Janeen mentioned Somatic Literacy during our discussion. If you're a little curious about that concept, you might enjoy this article/interview with Adrienne Maree Brown, What your Body Has to Do with Social Change. We also discussed the book, Turning to One Another: Simple Conversations to Restore Hope to the Future, by Margaret J. Wheatley. Check out a brief overview of the book here. Janeen's Bio: Janeen Bryant is the Executive Director for Community Building Initiative (CBI). An advocate and catalyst for building organizational capacity, Janeen Bryant is an inter-sectional educator, facilitator, and community engagement consultant. Most recently, Janeen worked as the Founder and Principal Consultant for Facilitate Movement, LLC where she and her team specialized in crafting proactive strategies that guided institutions to address shifting demographics with responsive leadership to strengthen long-term vision, cultural competency, and empathy. Janeen also served as a liaison and Community Catalyst Coach for twelve communities in the Southeast through her work with My Brother’s Keeper Alliance, an initiative of the Obama Foundation. She has served on the boards of MeckEd and the Brenda H. Tapia Family Foundation.
20 minutes | Apr 17, 2023
Inclusion Starts Here
Inclusion starts with each of us. This episode is part of the series: The Practice of Building a More Inclusive Community. In this episode, we explore the practice area we call Self Work. Along the way, Emma Winiski and I will discuss and share ideas for how each of us can progress on our personal journey toward inclusion and equity and why our practice of Self Work is essential to building a more inclusive community. Full transcript HERE. Related State of Inclusion Podcasts: The Practice of Building a More Inclusive Community: Part 1 (an overview) The Practice of Building a More Inclusive Community: Part 2 (an overview) Additional Resources: Do the Work! An Anti-Racist Activity Book, by W. Kamau Bell and Kate Schatz (Links to my Bookshop.org site) Explore your own biases at Project Implicit. Belonging: A Weekly Practice This is a weekly practice session over ZOOM that is sponsored by the Othering & Belonging Institute. Resources for White Allies, from the University of Wisconsin - Madison Learn more about Life After Hate. The End of Bias: A Beginning, by Jesica Nordell (Links to my Bookshop.org site) Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People, by Mahzarin R. Banaji and Anthony G. Greenwald (Links to my Bookshop.org site) Inclusion Starts With I: Eight Steps to Inclusion: The Personal Journey, by Dr. Mary-Frances Winters (Links to Amazon.com, Please note this is a tiny book. I bought my copy used, given the current pricing.) The Essentials of Theory U: Core Principles and Application, by Otto Scharmer (Links to my Bookshop.org site) Inner Development Goals Model, developed in partnership with the UN. Emma's Bio: Emma Winiski is a second-year Master in Public Policy candidate at the Harvard Kennedy School. Previously, she worked as a researcher in the Health Policy Center at the Urban Institute, where her work focused on substance use disorders. In 2018, Emma started working with Ame at State of Inclusion as she finished her undergraduate degree at Furman University.
37 minutes | Mar 30, 2023
Tulsa, Where Urban Resilience and Equity Intersect
If you are working in city or county government or trying to find a way to engage your broader community in resilience, immigration, or equity work, this episode is for you. If you’re trying to understand how work at the intersection of resilience and equity can come together, this episode is also for you. Join me as we talk with Krystal Reyes to learn more about Tulsa, Oklahoma, and the hard work and progress taking place in her city. Full Transcript HERE. Learn more about the Mayor's Office on Resilience and Equity. Explore Tulsa's 2018 Resilience Strategy, follow their progress in the latest progress update, and check out their Equality Indicators. Krystal mentioned a key fact about life expectancy differences within Tulsa. If you want to learn more about life expectancy gaps across the country and in your community, here are additional sources of information for you to explore. The National Center for Health Statistics - Interactive Map National Equity Atlas Life Expectancy by Race/Ethnicity. Explore Blue Zones Data and Analysis of Zip Code Effect HERE. Learn more about the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre. Learn more about the Resilient Cities Network. Learn more about the Government Alliance on Race and Equity. Learn more about the Welcoming America Network. Learn more about Bloomberg Philanthropies' initiative to establish Financial Empowerment Centers. Check out our interview, Moving from Talk to Action, with fellow Tulsan, Representative Monroe Nichols. If this episode really interested you, you might want to check out our City Collection. A collection of our interviews that focuses on change at the city or county level. To get the best of our learning delivered straight to your inbox, signup for our newsletter, The Inclusive Community. Krystal Reyes' Bio: Krystal currently serves as Chief Resilience Officer for the City of Tulsa. In this role, she leads the Mayor’s Office of Resilience Equity, which is charged with implementing city-wide strategies to advance resilience, equity and inclusion, community partnerships, human rights, and financial empowerment efforts. Previously, Krystal held various leadership positions in local government and non-profit sectors in New York City, coordinating multi-disciplinary, community-led, and city-wide efforts to address disparities in health and well-being. Throughout her career, Krystal has focused on improving the quality and quantity of early education opportunities for children, improving supports for families and immigrant communities, and developing meaningful community partnerships. Krystal has a Bachelor of Arts in politics and Spanish literature, as well as a master’s degree in public administration from New York University. Krystal was born and raised in Moline, IL, and lived in New York City for 19 years before moving to Tulsa, Oklahoma in 2019. Her parents, both immigrants from Mexico instilled in her a strong work ethic and the belief in the value of education. As a high school student Krystal participated in Upward Bound, a federal TRIO program for first generation college-bound low-income students. She credits that program and the supportive staff with giving her the head start she needed to apply to college, enroll, and succeed in higher education and her career. In her free time, Krystal enjoys listening to Bob Dylan, astronomy, and constantly walking her blue heeler dog, Venetia. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
44 minutes | Mar 2, 2023
A City's Journey Toward Racial Conciliation
In this episode, we'll learn more about a city's journey toward racial conciliation. We talk with a team from Charleston, South Carolina, working to advance equity and inclusion in their city. Our guests share their hopes and vision for this work, but also candidly share some of their challenges. Join us as we learn more about a 350-year-old city’s struggle with race, one that started centuries ago with a legacy of slavery, traveled through the crucible that was the tragedy of the Mother Emanuel shooting, which led the city to formally apologize for slavery. We'll hear how that journey now leads them into the very real and challenging task of defining and achieving racial conciliation. You can find a full transcript HERE. Learn more about Charleston's Human Affairs and Racial Conciliation Commission. Learn more about the original Special Commission that was formed, the City's apology for slavery, and the earlier work that informed the creation of HARCC. Download the Special Commission on Equity, Inclusion, and Racial Conciliation Report - August 2021. If you enjoyed this episode, you might also enjoy these past episodes: Getting to Better in My Hometown - an interview with Rev. Stacey Mills about Greenville, South Carolina's Racial Equity and Economic Mobility initiative. Achieving Economic Mobility for Charlotte - an interview with Sherri Chisolm of the Leading on Opportunity Initiative in Charlotte, N.C. Guest Bios: Jerome C. Harris JR (retired) Jerry holds a BA in Sociology and an MS in Urban Planning and Public Policy Analysis from Rutgers University. He has had over 50 years of professional experience in government, organization development, community and economic development, public policy analysis, and advocacy. He has taught at both the graduate and undergraduate level. Mr. Harris is the former: CEO/President of the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice; Chief Operating Office of the Shiloh Community Development Corporation; Business Administrator and Director of the Department of Housing and Economic Development for the City of Trenton, NJ; Executive Director of the Urban and Public Policy Institute at Rowan University of New Jersey; Assistant Secretary of State and Assistant State Treasurer for the State of New Jersey. He has also served as the Essex County NJ Administrator, City Administrator for the City of Plainfield NJ, and the Vice President for Government Affairs for the Metro Newark Chamber of Commerce. Jerry is Co-Chairperson of the City of Charleston Human Affairs and Racial Conciliation Commission. He is President of the Charleston Area Branch of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. He is also active with the Low Country African American Giving Circle, The Charleston Area Justice Ministry, and serves on the Board of Salvation and Social Justice Inc. Jerry is married to Dr. Gwendolyn Long Harris and is the proud father of two sons Rahsaan Harris PhD and Jamal Harris (MD) and grandfather of Langston, Avery, and Ellison. Jason Sakran, Charleston City Council Member Jason currently serves as the Director of Expanded Learning for the Charleston County School District, where he leads a team of 350 to oversee the delivery of the best after-school and summer programs in Charleston County. During his tenure with the Department, they have increased quality, streamlined operations, and increased access to free and/or reduced after-school and summer opportunities for thousands of students each year. He is also co-owner of Bon Banh Mi Southeast Asian Kitchen, which is home to 3 locations in the Charleston Lowcountry. He was elected to Charleston City Council in 2019. Jason was co-chair of the Special Commission on Equity, Inclusion, and Racial Conciliation and is the current co-chair of the Human Affairs and Racial Conciliation Commission. Jason currently serves as Mayor Pro Tempore for the City of Charleston. Jason is an alum of the Chamber of Commerce's Leadership Charleston Program as well as a past Riley Diversity Leaders Fellow.
48 minutes | Feb 15, 2023
Transforming Local Government Through DEI
Our guest for this episode, Dr. Kathleen Yang-Clayton, is focused on transforming public organizations and rebuilding trust in government through operationalizing racial equity. We'll hear about her diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) work with communities across Illinois through her partnership with the Great Cities Institute. Full transcript HERE. Learn more about the Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE). Learn more about Great Cities and their initiative for Operationalizing DEI. Learn more about Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Chicago. Kathleen's Bio: Dr. Kathleen Yang-Clayton joined the faculty in the Department of Public Administration, College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois-Chicago in 2017 after extensive experience in legislative advocacy and voter education, engagement and mobilization. Prior to joining UIC, she led voting rights and voter mobilization work for Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Chicago where she helped to pass landmark legislation expanding voting rights and strengthening election systems in Illinois. She is a Research Fellow at the Great Cities Institute and a member of several national initiatives that integrate public administration and racial equity together from the Kettering Foundation, National League of Cities and the International City/County Management Association. Her current work focuses on the operationalization of racial equity practices inside of large public organizations that increase the public's trust in government and improves government performance, especially but not exclusively in historically marginalized communities. She was appointed associate dean for diversity, equity and inclusion at her college in 2021.
28 minutes | Feb 1, 2023
DEI at the Intersection of Business & Community - with Michelin
We again examine diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) at the intersection of business and community. In today's episode, we speak with Tiffane Davis, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, for Michelin North America. Tiffane brings a perspective from inside a company where DEI has been a way of life for decades. Where the approach to DEI is an outgrowth of the company values and where they are also intentional about reaching out into the community. Let's hear how equity and inclusion comes to life at Michelin. Full Transcript HERE. Learn more about Michelin N.A. and shop for tires. Listen to an earlier related episode: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the Intersection of Community and Business - With Dr. Nika White Tiffane's Bio: Tiffane Thompson Davis is the Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer for Michelin North America, which encompasses approximately 22,500 employees across Canada and the United States. In this role, Tiffane provides strategic and programmatic leadership for diversity and inclusion initiatives, leveraging internal and external resources and best practices. Tiffane is no stranger to strategy and execution, having spent 20 years as a marketing specialist and leader at a diverse range of companies including 3M, Gartner, Newell Rubbermaid, Tempur-Pedic and Michelin. She has a track record of collaborating and building teams to develop, launch and grow customer-centric products and services by leveraging insights to build go-to-market plans. Tiffane is passionate about helping others build their self-image and confidence to unlock their potential. With her husband Charles, Tiffane recently co-authored a children’s book and launched a men’s accessories store. Both endeavors are meant to instill confidence in men and boys, leveraging fashion to express themselves and build their personal brands. Committed to helping people thrive and be their authentic selves, Tiffane is excited to be a part of the community ready to do the work of inclusion. Tiffane holds degrees from North Carolina A&T State University, where she earned a degree in Business Management, and the University of Georgia, where she earned her MBA. Follow Tiffane on LinkedIn to learn more about her thoughts on leadership for diversity and inclusion, and building personal brands.
40 minutes | Jan 17, 2023
JUMPSTART - Community Inclusion
In today's episode, we speak with Don Williams of JUMPSTART. In our interview, we explore the topic of community inclusion and belonging for individuals returning from prison. In this episode, we'll learn about the systemic barriers in many communities that make it difficult for individuals returning from prison to succeed. This episode will touch on at least two aspects of what we call The Practice of Building a More Inclusive Community. The first is the practice of Groundwork which is about preparing our hearts and shifting our community culture to be open and welcoming to everyone and build a community of belonging. The second is the practice of Systems Work. Full Transcript HERE. Learn more about JUMPSTART. Voices of The Returned: Life After Incarceration hasn't published new episodes in a while, but their content still resonated with me. Their episodes offer an excellent opportunity to hear directly from individuals about their experience with incarceration and beyond. Through this podcast, I also learned that April is National Second Chance month. Don's Bio: True Restoration, Mind Transformation and Personal Elevation. These are the three facets that encompass the life’s work, mission and purpose of Determined Don Williams. Don’s heartfelt desire to help individuals tap into their “True Potential” is the driving force that pushes him to equip returning citizens to become productive and fulfilled in the mission God has called them to. Don’s passion for assisting those who were incarcerated is dear to his heart. He knows all too well how difficult this can be- as he personally endured this journey- and now speaks to youth and adults about making the right choices and living a life committed to giving themselves away. Don has been the keynote speaker and trained numerous organizations about the value of effective communication, customer service, team building, professionalism. Don Williams is an innovative force as well as a visionary enhancing the professional and personal lives of the masses “one life at a time”.
48 minutes | Jan 4, 2023
Moving from Talk to Action – with StriveTogether
Working across the community, achieving collective impact, building civic infrastructure, and moving from talk to action. Those things are at the heart of our discussion today. In this episode, we talk with Monroe Nichols from StriveTogether. StriveTogether animates a network of over 70 communities, reaching around 14 million students with a focus on improving cradle-to-career education outcomes. Based on his experience, Monroe shares with us what it takes for communities to be successful at the changes they wish to see. Find the full episode transcript HERE. Learn more about StriveTogether and their network HERE. If you enjoyed this episode, you might also find our interview with Kalika Curry from Eastside Pathways of interest. Eastside Pathways is a member of the StriveTogether Network. Listen HERE. If you're interested in more episodes focused on equity in education, you might also enjoy The Leading Equity Podcast with Dr. Sheldon L Eakins. Learn more about Impact Tulsa HERE Monroe Nichols Bio: In 2016, Representative Monroe Nichols became the first African American elected to represent House District 72 in the Oklahoma House of Representatives. During his time in the Legislature, Representative Nichols has authored legislation focused on providing all students with a high-quality education, all Oklahomans with access to health care services, ensuring Oklahoma’s economy works for everyone, revitalizing neighborhoods, and reforming the justice system. Currently serving as Vice Chair of both the Oklahoma House Democratic Caucus and the Oklahoma Legislative Black Caucus, Representative Nichols is the incoming Chair of the Oklahoma Legislative Black Caucus and will assume that office in April of 2023. Prior to being elected, Representative Nichols spent his career in government, private business, higher education, and the non-profit sector, serving as a mayoral aide, chief of staff in the president’s office at the University of Oklahoma-Tulsa, and an economic development director. In 2014, he co-founded ImpactTulsa, a collective impact organization aimed at improving education for all Tulsa area students. From 2014 – 2016, Representative Nichols also served on the Tulsa Technology Center Board of Education. In addition to his legislative service, Representative Nichols is the Director of Policy and Partnerships for StriveTogether, leading the organization's state policy strategy focused on advancing equity to improve student outcomes in communities across the country. Over the course of his career, Representative Nichols has been the recipient of several awards including the United States Department of Justice Award for Public Service. Monroe holds a bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of Tulsa and a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Oklahoma.
40 minutes | Dec 7, 2022
Building an Equitable Entrepreneurial Ecosystem
In today's episode, we explore the topic of building an equitable entrpreneurial ecosystem. Our guest is Magalie Yacinthe. Magalie is a social innovator and an entrepreneur who also works at the community- and systems-level to make the entrepreneurial ecosystem work for everyone. Along the way, we will learn about an initiative in North Carolina to build out Black Wall Streets across the state. In our Practice of Building a More Inclusive Community, this discussion aligns well with our sixth area of practice, the practice of systems work. Full Transcript Here. Learn more about the Black Wall Street Forward Initiative. Learn more about Hustle Winston-Salem. Magalie mentioned some individuals that inspired her. Learn more about: Paulo Gregory and Cohado Sherrell Dorsey and her organization The Plug Learn more about Magalie and explore some of her writing. Listen to Anika Horn's interview with Forward Cities CEO, Fay Horwitt. Listen at Shades and Layers. Magalie Yacinthe Bio: Magalie Yacinthe, an alumnus of Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University, is a conscious entrepreneur and community leader that has a passion for social enterprises. Magalie currently serves as Executive Director of HUSTLE Winston-Salem, an organization dedicated to leveling the playing field for entrepreneurs with a focus on people of color, women, and marginalized business districts. She also leads the statewide Black Wall Street Forward initiative with Forward Cities, alongside other ecosystem work as Director of Ecosystem Engagement.Magalie is also the CEO of YES Strategies & Solutions, a cost-effective event consulting firm helping nonprofits and corporations accomplish successful programming to carry out their missions. Giving back to the community even through her businesses is essential to the core of who she is. Magalie serves as Board Chair of Forsyth Futures and Board Communications Chair for Winston-Salem Delta Fine Arts, Inc. She is an active member of the Winston-Salem Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and the Charlotte-Metro Chapter of the FAMU National Alumni Association. Magalie is a 2018 graduate of Leadership Winston-Salem, 2018 City of Winston-Salem Martin Luther King Jr. Young Dreamers Award recipient, 2020 Winston-Salem Chronicle Business of the Month, 2020 Winston Under 40 Awardee, 2020 HOPE Outreach MLK Women’s Day Awardee, the 2020 recipient of the Winston-Salem Forsyth County Arts Council R. Phillip Hanes, Jr. Young Leader Award, 2021 Triad Business 40 Under 40 Honoree, Black Business Ink’s 40 under 40 most influential African-Americans in the Triad, a 2022 Awardee of the Institute for Emerging Issues that recognized 22 inspiring leaders who are making North Carolina better by building coalitions and momentum for issues they are passionate about, and was most recently named a 2022 Triad Business Journal Power Player.
43 minutes | Nov 21, 2022
Centering Equity in Coalition Building
When you are part of a large coalition, how do you ensure the participants are centering equity in their work? Listen in on this episode as Kalika Curry, of Eastside Pathways, shares how her organization centers equity in all they do and how they align members in their coalition to the same goals. Along the way, we'll discuss targeted universalism and the four dimensions of racism. Full Transcript Here Additional Exploration: Learn more about Eastside Pathways and their work in Washington. Learn more about StriveTogether and their national network of communities. Learn more about Courageous Conversations equity training. Explore the writings and offerings of Claudia Horwitz. Learn more about systems change and the work of Donella Meadows. Kalika's Bio: Kalika Curry, Community Impact Manager, with Collective Impact organization Eastside Pathways supports Racial Equity and youth initiatives in East King County. Over the last 15 years Kalika has established her practice as a racial equity adaptive leaders, facilitator, and collective convener to reshape relationships and community. Kalika is also a member of the Right to Breathe Association, founder of Pono Pursuit LLC and a volunteer for several local non-profits. Outside of work Kalika enjoys the arts, yoga, being in nature and spending time with her family.
43 minutes | Nov 2, 2022
Community Conversations and Racial Justice Through Art – With Nick Cave and Bob Faust
In today’s episode, I’ll be talking with Nick Cave and Bob Faust, two very well-known artists, art entrepreneurs, and social innovators based in Chicago. Nick and Bob use their art and their platform to advance racial justice and as a way to create and co-create community conversations. One of their installations, Making #AMENDS: Letters to the World Toward the Eradication of Racism, was the spark for our discussion. Full Transcript Here Learn more about MAKING #AMENDS: LETTERS TO THE WORLD TOWARD THE ERADICATION OF RACISM Learn about Nick's career retrospective at the MCA Chicago. Nick Cave: Forothermore Related episodes: Design Matters with Debbie Millman, Interview with Nick Cave and Bob Faust Inclusion in Art - with Suzanne Thomas Building Community Equity Through Art - with Monique Davis Guest Bios: Bob Faust Described as "part artist, part designer and part mediator,” Bob Faust is the principal and creative director for Faust, a Chicago-based art and design studio focused on cultural articulation. He is also the partner and design collaborator of artist Nick Cave, who together founded the dynamic, multi-use creative space called Facility. As an entity, it believes that art and design can create peace, build power, and change the world ... that by fostering an environment and community built from your dreams you will wake up daily within your destiny. NewCity magazine honored Faust as "Best Breakthrough Design Artist" in 2017 and followed up in 2020 naming he and partner Nick Cave "Designers of the Moment." He has also been recognized as a design leader nationally and internationally by publications and institutions such as Communication Arts, NBC5 Chicago, the Society of Typographic Arts and Under Consideration. Faust also serves on the Cultural Advisory Council for the City of Chicago, as well as Chicago Dancemakers Forum Board of Directors and the School of the Art Institute’s Fashion Council. Nick Cave Nick Cave (b. 1959, Fulton, MO; lives and works in Chicago, IL) is an artist, educator and foremost a messenger, working between the visual and performing arts through a wide range of mediums including sculpture, installation, video, sound and performance. Cave is well known for his Soundsuits, sculptural forms based on the scale of his body, initially created in direct response to the police beating of Rodney King in 1991. Soundsuits camouflage the body, masking and creating a second skin that conceals race, gender and class, forcing the viewer to look without judgment. They serve as a visual embodiment of social justice that represent both brutality and empowerment. Throughout his practice, Cave has created spaces of memorial through combining found historical objects with contemporary dialogues on gun violence and death, underscoring the anxiety of severe trauma brought on by catastrophic loss. The figure remains central as Cave casts his own body in bronze, an extension of the performative work so critical to his oeuvre. Cave reminds us, however, that while there may be despair, there remains space for hope and renewal. From dismembered body parts stem delicate metal flowers, affirming the potential of new growth. Cave encourages a profound and compassionate analysis of violence and its effects as the path towards an ultimate metamorphosis. While Cave’s works are rooted in our current societal moment, when progress on issues of global warming, racism and gun violence (both at the hands of citizens and law enforcement) seem maddeningly stalled, he asks how we may reposition ourselves to recognize the issues, come together on a global scale, instigate change, and ultimately, heal.
41 minutes | Sep 28, 2022
In this episode we talk with Stephen Piggott, of the Western States Center. We will discuss a resource that he and his colleagues produced: A Community Guide for Opposing Hate. We'll hear more about what motivates anti-democratic groups, how they work, and talk about what communities can do to oppose hate. Full Transcript Download the toolkit: A Community Guide for Opposing Hate Download the toolkit: Confronting Conspiracy Theories and Bigotry at Home Learn more about the Western States Center Learn more about the Bard Center for the Study of Hate Learn more about Montana Human Rights Network Link to action plan, materials, and toolkit from the recent United We Stand Summit, held at the White House. If you enjoyed this episode, you might also enjoy our earlier episode: Not in Our Town - With Patrice O'Neill Guest Bio: Stephen Piggott is a Program Analyst & Trainer/Organizer with Western States Center. Stephen is an expert on various forms of right-wing extremism, including white nationalism and the organized anti-immigrant/anti-Muslim movements. Stephen has spent the past decade monitoring and exposing the far-right and previously worked for both the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Anti-Defamation League. He began his work in this field with the Center for New Community. He received his BA in political science with minors in Islamic and Irish studies from DePaul University in Chicago.
47 minutes | Sep 15, 2022
Values-Driven Racial Justice with the YWCA
In this episode, we learn about the racial and gender justice mission of the YWCA and how the YWCA in Madison, Wisconsin, uses their values to deliver on that mission in their community. Join me as we talk with Gery Paredes Vásquez, the Director of Racial and Gender Justice at the YWCA Madison. Gery reminds us that we must first acknowledge each other as human beings in our full complexity and then build relationships as a practice and container where growth, healing, transformation, and liberation can happen. Full Transcript Here. Learn more about the YWCA Madison Learn more about their Summit and purchase tickets. Dates for the next summit are 28-30 September, 2022. To learn more about equity work in Madison, you can also listen to our episode: Finding Joy in Working Toward Equity - with Kristy Kumar. Books mentioned in our discussion: Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds, by Adrienne Maree Brown (Links to my Bookshop.org site) When Blood and Bones Cry Out: Journeys Through the Soundscape of Healing and Reflection, by John Paul Lederach & Angela Jill Lederach (Links to my Bookshop.org site) Gery Paredes Vásquez Bio: Gery Paredes Vásquez (ella, tu, she, her) is a lifelong practitioner and collaborator for intersectional justice, healing and collective liberation. She is currently the Race and Gender Equity Director at YWCA Madison, in which role she collaborates with her beloved team and a growing community of artists, advocates, organizers, educators and practitioners in the co-creation of offerings such as the Racial Justice Series Community Series, YWCA Madison’s annual Racial Justice Summit, as well as intersectional race-based offerings such as the BIPOC Healing Justice and Co-Liberation Series. In her work, she also provides collaborative consulting services for equity to organizations via YWCA Madison’s Creating Equitable Organizations partnership program. As many Latinx people, Gery was born to families of mixed ethnicities and races due to colonization: Indigenous Quechua, Aymara and Guarani with Spanish. This reality shapes her personal journey of learning, unlearning and healing as well as continues to inspire her work for intersectional justice and collective liberation every day.
26 minutes | Aug 19, 2022
The Practice of Building a More Inclusive Community - Intro Part 2
Intro Part 2 - In this new State of Inclusion podcast sub-series, we will use what we've learned from all of our conversations, along with our research, to suggest an approach, a practice for building a more inclusive world one community at a time. In this second episode, my partner, Emma Winiski, and I will give a summary of the six areas of practice that are included in The Practice of Building a More Inclusive Community.We are very interested in hearing your feedback on these intro episodes. Also, we are actively looking for a few communities that might be interested in exploring these ideas further and perhaps working with us to help test and tune some of these concepts. If you have comments, feedback, or are interested in learning more - email us at email@example.com Additional Resources:Government Alliance on Race and EquityThe Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together, by Heather McGhee (Links to my Bookshop.org site) Related State of Inclusion Podcasts:Toward Equitable Community Services - with Judith MowryCreating Community Conversations - with Davelyn Hill Bio Emma Winiski:Emma Winiski is a second year Master in Public Policy candidate at the Harvard Kennedy School. Previously, she worked as a researcher in the Health Policy Center at the Urban Institute, where her work focused on substance use disorders. In 2018, Emma started working with Ame at State of Inclusion as she finished her undergraduate degree at Furman University. Full Transcript:Ame Sanders 00:10Hi. This is Ame Sanders from State of Inclusion. If you've been listening for a while, or maybe even if you just discovered the State of Inclusion podcast, you may know that for the last several years we've been on a journey--a journey of research, discovery, and most importantly of conversation. In these conversations, we've heard how individuals all across the country are working to make their communities more equitable, more inclusive, and more just. In this new State of Inclusion podcast series, we will use what we've learned from these conversations along with our research to suggest an approach, a practice for building a more inclusive world one community at a time. Today, I'm joined by Emma Winiski. Welcome. Emma Winiski 01:06Thank you! Happy to be here. Ame Sanders 01:07In our last episode, we introduced you to four cornerstone or foundational elements. We discussed how these four elements underpinned the six areas of practice. As a reminder, those four foundational elements were that our work is community centered. We recognize the work of making a community more inclusive and equitable is a wicked problem, requiring specific types of approaches. Our solutions will have both technical and adaptive elements, but most importantly, as leaders, we will need to bring our adaptive leadership skills to this work. Fourth, we will always strive to begin and build from the assets that exist within our specific community. Now, in this episode, we want to share the six areas of practice that make up the practice of building a more inclusive community. Within these areas of practice, Emma and I can't begin to tell you what your community should do. You know what your community needs. You know what your history is. You know where you are and you know what your assets are. But what we can do is give you some areas to consider and some areas to work in as some tool. Emma, you reminded me of this when we last talked. Maybe I'll turn it over to you to talk about the fact that the six areas of practice are not really independent areas and they're certainly not linear. Emma Winiski 02:27Yeah. I like areas of practice as just the general name because it doesn't lend itself to any type of sequence or mutual exclusivity between the two. I think once we describe them it's pretty clear that you and/or folks in your community are likely going to be working in each of these six areas and many of them at the same time. Ame Sanders 02:50Yeah. I would also say that it's pretty clear. They're not mutually exclusive as Emma just said. They are not isolated from one another; they are interdependent with each other. They are iterative, evolving, and they're also not controlled generally by a single entity. So, the idea as we began to talk about this that you would have one organization that would solve all of this, that's just not a realistic assumption. So, the idea is to find all of the assets, all of the work that's going on in your community, and how you can bring that together to advance this work. So, let's start with the first one. The first one, honestly, is my favorite one, because it's the one I started with. It's what I would call Self Work. It's the idea that you have to look inward before you look outward. Bill Bradley, who was a senator and a basketball player has a quote that says, "A lot of people want to change the world, but only a few people want to change themselves. When it comes to the issue of race in America, we have to do both." I would say that's a very important part of this work--recognizing that each of us are on our own personal journey, have our own personal work to do to make us better citizens in our community, better allies, better people, but also better suited for this work. It also something that the adaptive leadership framework brings out as well is that you should diagnose yourself and develop some changes for yourself and path for yourself. I would include in there things like learning, reflecting, diagnosing, acknowledging, accepting (so being kind to yourself as well), managing yourself, being willing to evolve and embodying what you want to see in your community with the idea that you're going to open yourself up and prepare yourself for this work. Emma Winiski 04:54I think that Self Work is incredibly important. Ongoing. No finish line, which you mentioned earlier. I also think that sometimes people feel like it's an individual thing. It's easy to do that and a lot of work is individual. But, if you have blind spots and implicit biases, which we all have, you can't necessarily see them. So, reading more, listening to more podcasts, or I don't know, just trying to learn more doesn't always work. So, I have found that sometimes the most stretching experiences for me have been in conversation with other people. I remember in high school, I went to an event by Speaking Down Barriers (you spoke with their organization earlier) and I was just really surprised and encouraged by that conversation that we had. I was also in a room with people who otherwise I would not have interacted with. I think a large part of Self Work is putting yourself in situations and in a mindset where you are able to learn from other people. Ame Sanders 05:58Absolutely. That's great, great point. Emma Winiski 06:00I want to add one caveat and kind of play devil's advocate with myself. I sometimes think that people who are trying to learn and grow expect others to educate them. So, I want to be clear that that's not what I'm saying, when I say "Oh, go put yourself out in different communities." Don't expect that someone, especially a person of color, owes it to you, to educate you. You should also be doing your homework. If you go into those spaces, you should be compensating these people for their time and their expertise. You also should come in with a learning mindset, right from the beginning, a growth mindset that I think will seem less transactional or maybe extractive. So, I just want to be clear that I'm not saying that you should go expect others to educate you. It's a both-and. Ame Sanders 06:47Absolutely. That's a really great distinction to make and important for us to think about--that it is not someone else's responsibility to teach us what we should already know and what we can learn on our own. It's a great additional point. So, the first one we've talked about is Self Work. So the second one I want to talk about, Emma and I are still going back and forth on what to call this, but I'm going to call it for the moment Groundwork. It's where you prepare the community soil for this work. Think about it is reaching and touching the hearts of people all across your community, because it isn't just about facts and numbers. This is about how do you motivate people to move forward with you and be part of this change? Also, how do you help people heal from past hurts? How do you help your community to build the kind of trust that's necessary, that we were talking about earlier? So, it's really about preparing the community soil. There are some techniques for that, and as we go into each one of these in subsequent episodes, we'll talk more about what you can do to do this work. But, it is really about touching the hearts across the communities. I did an interview and the lady that I talked with at the end said, "We need to do more heart work and less head work." Now her space was art, so it was very easy to understand where she came from that perspective. But, it was an important reminder to me that we need to balance our efforts in this and be sure that we are doing heart work and that we are preparing the soil for our community. Emma Winiski 08:27I want to add that I think a lot of Groundwork involves also seeing what else is out there, because it's likely that other people have been working on at least something related to equity and inclusion, maybe in a particular subject area or within their company or other community. So, I think part of the groundwork is taking a second to look around and see who else was doing this work. I'm guessing part of the adaptive leadership means knowing when to step up and step back, and how to support and elevate people who are already doing this work as well and seeing how you can sort of piece together some of the efforts that are already happening. Ame Sanders 09:10I think one of the things that you can say when this part of the work is going really well is that you have increased the breadt
18 minutes | Aug 16, 2022
The Practice of Building a More Inclusive Community - Intro Part 1
Intro Part 1 - In this new State of Inclusion podcast sub-series, we will use what we've learned from all of our conversations, along with our research, to suggest an approach, a practice for building a more inclusive world one community at a time. In this first episode I'll introduce you to Emma Winiski, my partner in this work and this series. We will also introduce four foundational or cornerstone concepts that underly The Practice of Building a More Inclusive Community.We are very interested in hearing your feedback on these intro episodes. Also, we are actively looking for a few communities that might be interested in exploring these ideas further and perhaps working with us to help test and tune some of these concepts. If you have comments, feedback, or are interested in learning more - email us at firstname.lastname@example.org Related State of Inclusion Podcast Episodes:Getting to Better in My HometownBuilding a Practice of Community Abundance - with De'Amon HargesEquity Warriors - Emma Winiski Find additional resources on Adaptive Leadership.There are many great resources about wicked problems, but this site has a good introduction.Find resources for asset based community development at the ABCD Institute, at DePaul University. Bio Emma Winiski:Emma Winiski is a second year Master in Public Policy candidate at the Harvard Kennedy School. Previously, she worked as a researcher in the Health Policy Center at the Urban Institute, where her work focused on substance use disorders. In 2018, Emma started working with Ame at State of Inclusion as she finished her undergraduate degree at Furman University. TranscriptAme Sanders 00:11Hi. This is Ame Sanders from State of Inclusion. If you've been listening for a while, or maybe even if you just discovered the State of Inclusion podcast, you may know that for the last several years we've been on a journey-- a journey of research, discovery, and most importantly of conversation. In these conversations, we've heard how individuals all across the country are working to make their communities more equitable, more inclusive, and more just. We've talked with people who are working with and within their city governments, in museums, in nonprofits. We've talked with people who are working across their faith community. We've talked with artists, librarians, filmmakers, and we've talked with people who are acknowledging the past and are focused on remembrance and healing, as well as people who come at this work with a decidedly forward-looking orientation.In this new State of Inclusion podcast series, we will use what we've learned from these conversations along with our research to suggest an approach, a practice for building a more inclusive world one community at a time. I'm joined today on the first episode of this new podcast series by Emma Winiski. Welcome, Emma. Emma Winiski 01:32Thank you! Happy to be here. Ame Sanders 01:34So, Emma works behind the scenes to help me put the podcast together and today she's going to join me on the audio portion of the podcast as a thought partner, a collaborator, and join in the conversation. So Emma, tell us a little bit about yourself.Emma Winiski 01:51Yeah. So, my name is Emma Winiski. I'm the Podcast Coordinator here, but I've been with Ame and with State of Inclusion since 2018 when I was a senior at Furman. So, we've been working for many years togethe and I've really, really enjoyed this work. Outside of this, I just finished my first year of the Master's in Public Policy Program at Harvard, and before then I was a researcher in the Health Policy Center at the Urban Institute in DC. Ame Sanders 02:20Yeah, so Emma has been working with me since 2018. So, she's been part of our research and part of all of our podcasts that we've done. In fact, she was my first podcast interview. And, I guess I should admit to the audience that you're the reason we even have this new series, because I remember there was a point in the process where I was trying to figure out what direction to go next and what interviews to line up and you help me line up our interviews and I asked you about that. Do you remember what you told me? Emma Winiski 02:54Probably not verbatim, but I'm guessing it was something like, "You've talked to a lot of really, really interesting people doing really, really important work. And I think for the listeners, sort of distilling those down into something that is more actionable, is probably a good idea at this point." Ame Sanders 03:11That sounds a lot like what you told me. Maybe not verbatim but really close. So, it is what prompted me to work on this series and to put down some of the ideas from the conversations that we've had with all these wonderful people. There has been a lot of wisdom in these conversations that we've had. So, I hope that we can do some justice to it in terms of summarizing and synthesizing what we've learned and putting it in some sort of order for people to be able to consume. I just want to thank you for being a thought partner, as we've gone along in this and I'm looking forward to talking to you about these things that we found so far in the in the podcast. Emma Winiski 03:48Yeah, thank you. I really, really enjoy this work. Ame Sanders 03:52Okay, so let's talk about this new podcast series. In the coming episodes together, Emma and I will synthesize and share the ideas that we've heard from our conversations and found in our research. But what it is not is it's not finished, it's not tested, it's not proven. All of those kinds of things that you would hope eventually we would be able to do. What was clear to me before, but I would say is even more clear to me now, is that there is no formula, no recipe for making a community more inclusive and equitable. You know, every community is unique and different. Every community has their own set of resources, their own starting point, their own history, and has their own ambition. So again, there's no recipe or formula, but I believe it's somewhere between this idea of a recipe or formula, and just random acts of inclusion and equity, there is something for us to talk about. I think there's something that we can lay out and share together that can help us approach this work in a smarter way. So, I don't have to tell you guys who are listening, this work is complicated. It's difficult and it's often unclear. In some cases, and especially for some people, it can be dangerous. The amount of work that you put in doesn't immediately translate to the same amount or equal amounts of output. So, progress seems to come in fits and spurts. Sometimes you work really hard and you don't see any progress. In fact, you feel like you may be backing up. But then all of a sudden, you see your community take a big step forward. The work of building a more inclusive and equitable community also requires trust. And Stephen Covey is credited with saying that "change moves at the speed of trust." Sometimes in a community, that means the trust has to be built or it has to be rebuilt if it has been broken. We also have to realize that this work is multi-generational. This is something that has been going on long before Emma and I started working, or any of the folks that we've talked to started working. We can build on the things that have gone on before. This work exists in a context of people who are working alongside us in different ways towards the same objectives and people who are working towards entirely different objectives. This work will also continue long after we're gone. So, I don't know if this intimidates you or scares you a little bit but it does me sometimes. But I think it's shouldn't stop us. It shouldn't stop us at all. So, if it is our goal to build a more inclusive and equitable community, then where do we start? In this new podcast series, we will introduce you to six areas of practice that make up the practice of building a more inclusive community. Before we start, it's important to share four common foundational or cornerstone concepts. These inform and shape the nature of each of the practices. You could say they are the foundation the practices are built on. So, first is the domain or where we're going to work. Emma, we had a lot of conversations--I don't know if you remember this--about whether we should work at the community level, the state level, the federal level. Do you remember our discussions around that? Emma Winiski 07:10I remember going through and providing feedback on some potential interview questions for an interviewee and I kept saying, "More federal. More federal. Like, where's the policy?" I think I was very much influenced by my location in DC. But, the answer is it's everything. It's not one or the other. I think the beauty and the importance of the podcast is its giving voice for people who are working in their local communities with all of the unique aspects and challenges that they have. But, the podcast provides a format to draw some themes that folks across the country and in different sectors who are committed to this type of work are still facing. So, you can see some of the specific things that only someone really embedded in a community can discover. And then you can say, "Oh, we had a similar type of problem in my community. We approached to different ways, maybe the outcome was different." Obviously, community work is so important, and you need some federal policy to back it up as well. Ame Sanders 08:16Yeah. So, it's clear you need work in all different levels. This work that we're doing at State of Inclusion, though, as you've alluded to, is community-centered. That doesn't mean that there isn't work that's needed at federal level or in the regional level. But this conversation is a local and community-based conversation. I want to be clear to about what we mean by community. So, I picked up a definition of community that says a group of interdependent organisms inhabiting the same region and interacting with each other (so interdependent) and interacting with each other. So, I
1 minutes | Aug 15, 2022
The Practice of Building a More Inclusive Community - Trailer
Link to Introduction episodes Part 1 and Part 2 of The Practice of Building a More Inclusive Community Trailer - Here at State of Inclusion, we are working on a capstone project of sorts. We are using all that we've learned from our conversations and research to suggest an approach, a practice for building a more inclusive world one community at a time. We will initially publish these ideas as a podcast series. We've created a new page on our website, which will house these episodes along with other assets and resources we will share. New episodes in this series will be released over the coming months. We've started by sharing two introductory episodes that provide an overview of The Practice of Building a More Inclusive Community. We are very interested in hearing your feedback on these intro episodes. Also, we are actively looking for a few communities that might be interested in exploring these ideas further and perhaps working with us to help test and tune some of these concepts. If you have comments, feedback, or are interested in learning more - email us at email@example.com Transcript Hi, this is Ame Sanders from state of inclusion. You may know that for the last several years, we've been on a journey, a journey of research, discovery, and most importantly of conversation. In these conversations, we've heard how individuals all across the country are working to make their communities more equitable, more inclusive, and more just. We've talked with people who are working with and within their city governments, in museums, in nonprofits. We've talked with people who are working across their faith community. We've talked with artists, librarians, with filmmakers, and we've talked with people who are acknowledging the past and are focused on Remembrance and healing, as well as people who come at this work with a decidedly forward-looking orientation. From our work, we have distilled and synthesized what we’ve learned. And now, we are creating a series of episodes where we suggest an approach, a practice. The Practice of Building a More Inclusive Community. In this new series of episodes, we will share four foundational elements that underpin our thinking and we will explore six areas of practice for building a more inclusive world, one community at time. Click the link in the shownotes to listen to our 2 introductory episodes.
47 minutes | Aug 11, 2022
Getting to Better in My Hometown
In this episode, we will learn how leaders in Greenville, SC have come together to make a difference in racial equity and economic mobility. We'll hear how the murder of George Floyd served to inspire and motivate a strong group of leaders to take action and work towards lasting change across the community. Full transcript HERE. If you're interested in more interviews from the Greenville area, check out these recent episodes: Organizing the Interfaith Community for Equity and Justice - In this episode we speak with Reverend Kendra Plating and Rabbi Sam Rose from the Greenville County Interfaith Justice Network. Eco-Justice - Justice for Whom? In this episode we talk with conservationist, Rebecca Bolich-Wade, about how we can use eco-justice, environmental justice, and the community commons to build more inclusive and equitable communities. And nearby, in Columbia, S.C.: More Justice - Learn how powerful an ally the interfaith community can be in the fight for justice and equity as we discover how More Justice is working to transform the Midlands of South Carolina. Learn more about Greenville's Racial Equity and Economic Mobility Commission HERE. See the United Way of Greenville's Racial Equity Index HERE. Learn more about Economic Mobility and see how your community stacks up at Opportunity Insights. Partner Organizations in REEM GVL: United Way of Greenville County Urban League of the Upstate Greenville Chamber of Commerce Rev. Stacey Mills' Bio: Stacey D. Mills is the Executive Director of Greenville’s Race Equity and Economic Mobility Commission and has served as Senior Pastor to the historic Mountain View Baptist Church in Downtown Greenville, South Carolina for the past 25 years. The third pastor in the 114 year history of Mountain View, Mills is a bridge-builder within his multigenerational and multiethnic congregation, as well as a vehicle to community development, partnerships and growth. Reverend Mills served as Assistant Pastor at the Mount Moriah Baptist Church in Spartanburg, South Carolina prior to being called to lead the Mountain View Baptist Church in Greenville. Pastor Mills has been bi-vocational for eighteen of his twenty-five years in the pastorate, a fact that he values and sees as an extension of his ministry. In this way, he taught students who were at risk for dropping out of high school in the Jobs for America’s Graduates, a program of the South Carolina Department of Commerce at Woodmont International Baccalaureate High School, from 2004 to 2009. He earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (English and Secondary Education) from the University of South Carolina Spartanburg (USC Upstate) in 1996. Mills returned to USC Upstate in July 2009 as the assistant director of Student Life responsible for Multicultural Student Services, Leadership Programs, Non-Traditional Student Services, and NPHC Greek Life. In April 2016 he was named Vice Chancellor for Regional Engagement and Executive Director of USC Upstate Greenville Campuses, leading the USC Upstate Greenville team in an effort to adapt academic programs to the needs of the area’s workforce. In addition to serving Mountain View and REEMGVL, Pastor Mills represents in several community initiatives to include the United Way of Greenville County; chairman of the Urban League of the Upstate Board of Directors, Boy Scouts of America Blue Ridge Council Board of Directors; the Rotary Club of Greenville; graduate of Leadership Greenville Class 40 and the Riley Institute at Furman’s South Carolina Diversity Leaders Initiative. Reverend Mills is married to the former Jacqueline Burton of Johnston, South Carolina and together, with their children, Harrison, Kiersten and Zion, have made Greenville their home.
33 minutes | Jul 25, 2022
Eco-Justice - Justice for Whom?
Eco-Justice and Environmental Justice...What do those terms mean and how they inform our thinking about the question: Justice for Whom? Join us today as we learn more about these terms and talk with conservationist, Rebecca Bolich-Wade, about how communities can use eco-justice, environmental justice, and the community commons to build more inclusive and equitable communities. Full Transcript Rebecca Bolich-Wade Bio: With experience ranging from wildlife research to environmental education, Rebecca is presently utilizing her knowledge to expand Clean Water conservation at Upstate Forever, a conservation organization representing the Upstate of South Carolina. Rebecca holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Furman University where she studied conservation biology and philosophy. During her undergraduate studies and following her graduation, Rebecca had opportunities to work in research pertaining to mountain lions, bobcats, Mexican grey wolves, Bolson tortoises, and bats in states ranging from New York to New Mexico. Since the summer of 2020, Rebecca has been in pursuit of her Masters of Natural Science and Environmental Education from Hamline University. During this graduate program, Rebecca has had a keen focus on inclusion and diversity within environmental education and ecojustice. Additional References: Athens Land Trust Welcome to Living Cully : Living Cully Home - Urban Waters Learning Network We mentioned these books in our discussion. You can purchase them from the State of Inclusion Bookstore at bookshop.org Braiding Sweetgrass, by Robin Wall Kimmerer The Practice of Adaptive Leadership: Tools and Tactics for Changing Your Organization and the World, by Heifetz, Grashow, and Linsky
37 minutes | May 27, 2022
Organizing the Interfaith Community for Equity and Justice
In this episode we speak with Reverend Kendra Plating and Rabbi Sam Rose from the Greenville County Interfaith Justice Network, which is in my hometown of Greenville, South Carolina. In today's conversation, we will explore what the beginning of this type of journey looks like for a community and keys to their early successes. Full Transcript HERE. If you're interested in more interviews from the Greenville area, check out these recent episodes: Getting to Better in My Hometown - In this episode we talk with Rev. Stacey Mills, executive director of Greenville's Racial Equity and Economic Mobility Commission. Eco-Justice - Justice for Whom? In this episode we talk with conservationist, Rebecca Bolich-Wade, about how we can use eco-justice, environmental justice, and the community commons to build more inclusive and equitable communities. Reverend Kendra Plating Rev. Kendra G. Plating serves as minister of pastoral care and counseling at First Baptist Church of Greenville, S.C. She is a graduate of Wake Forest University and Harvard Divinity School and is currently working toward her D.Min at Candler School of Theology. She previously worked as a hospice and hospital chaplain in Boston. Rabbi Samuel Rose Rabbi Samuel Rose serves as the rabbi of Temple of Israel in Greenville. Prior to joining the Temple of Israel family, he served as associate rabbi at Congregation Beth Israel in Austin, TX. While attending seminary at Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion, in Cincinnati, OH, he served as student rabbi for Congregation Gates of Prayer in New Iberia, LA, and B’nai Sholom in Quincy, IL, and The Valley Temple in Cincinnati, OH. He spent a summer as a rabbinic intern in the San Francisco Bay Area working with the Bay Area Organizing Committee and the Marin Organizing Committee. He was ordained in 2012. Additional Links: Charleston Area Justice Ministry More Justice The DART Center Just Faith Ministries If you enjoyed this episode, you might also enjoy these previous episodes: More Justice Empowering Youth for Equity Awaken Compassion in Your Community - with Kory Wilcoxson