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Racism and Institutional Accountability

FPL Parishioners –

Are you Interested in learning from other organizations’ experience about what works and what doesn’t as we consider strategies for institutional change that will increase racial justice and equity?

Join us in the Stearns Room on September 28. See details below.

-The Racial Justice Advocates

What:  A “watch party” for the Truth and Transformation Conference organized by Harvard’s Kennedy School Institutionalism and Antiracism  Accountability Project (available in person or on Zoom)

Who:    Hosted by FPL’s Racial Justice Advocates (coffee, tea and snacks provided)

When:  September 28 between 10:00 am and 2:15 p.m.  The event includes two panels, and a keynote speaker.  Join us for any portion you wish. 

Where:   The Stearns Room

Why:   The conference offers an opportunity to learn about new ideas and practical strategies for increasing institutional accountability for racial  justice and equity,  an important objective for FPL.   Panelists will introduce real-world examples of what works — and  what doesn’t across sectors. Speakers will share their tactics for creating and sustaining accountability, addressing key topics including building roadmaps, and ensuring transparency with analytics tools, 


10:00 – 10:15

10:15 – 11:15
Panel 1 — Roadmaps: charting paths to organizational accountability
Every organization has unique needs and values shaping its path to accountability. As the racial equity field grows, there is an expanding range of resources to inform the process of antiracist change. In this session, we’ll focus on a common starting point: roadmaps. This panel will feature advocates with years of experience establishing systems for accountability in their own organizations. From launching new initiatives to shifting internal operations, they will exchange tactics for building accountability, answering: Which strategies generate the strongest organizational change? What are the best indicators of effective strategies? And, how do you stay the course long-term?

Speakers: Chitra Kumar, Dr. Aletha Maybank, Marcus F. Walton

11:30 – 12:30 EST
Panel 2 — (Re)writing the rulebook: reporting and regulating for organizational accountability
Analysis, metrics, and reporting are fundamental tools for organizations to build — and to sustain — antiracist change. In this panel, we will examine how these tools are advancing within the private sector today and explore the impact of government insight on transparency and accountability. Panelists will bring their distinct perspectives into one conversation, working through practical examples from their fields of experience: impact investment building economic opportunity and wealth for communities of color; institutional collaboration on the collective creation of metrics and operational guidelines for impact-related investments globally; and governmental regulations and corporate governance evolving towards more disclosure for racial equity.

Speakers: Damien Dwin, Dawn James, Veronica Root Martinez

12:30 – 1:00 EST
Art intervention
More details coming soon.

1:15 – 2:00 EST
Lunch keynote by Christine Cordero
As Co-Director of Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN), Christine Cordero has years of experience organizing with immigrants and refugees for a healthy environment and thriving economy. Her keynote talk will explore the strategic connections between stewarding a just transition from our fossil fuel infrastructure and building resilience in Asian, Black, Indigenous, Latinx, and other communities of color on the frontlines. Based on her 20+ years of organizing, Christine will share insights into strategies for disrupting racial capitalism and fighting for climate and racial justice.

2:00 – 2:15 EST
Closing remarks

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