Wednesday, August 9, 2023
Photo courtesy of Third Space Action Lab.
Every day, community development practitioners work to try to improve conditions in communities across the country. But opposite the fraught racial history of the United States, can we really move forward without repairing the past harms that communities of color have experienced?
The Anti-Racist Community Development research project has documented the range of ways that structural racism shows up in community development and the many ways that people are trying to move anti-racist work forward in the sector. In “The Real Repair”, our presenters will lift up the central role that health, healing, and repair work has played in equitable community development … and strategies for amplifying this critical intersectional approach even more.
Dr. Meghan Venable Thomas is the City of Birmingham’s Director of Community Development. She previously served as a senior program director at Enterprise Community Partners, where she supported community development organizations across the country in integrating creative and community-centered processes for equitable outcomes in affordable housing. Meghan holds a doctorate in public health from Harvard University and has had more than 15 years of military service.
Melissa Jones is Executive Director of the Bay Area Regional Health Inequities Initiative (BARHII). Together, the BARHII staff team, public health departments, and community partners have advanced groundbreaking legislation to improve community conditions for health. Today, she leads the launch of a National Racial Health Justice Center, committed to making COVID-19 the turning point that accelerates health equity and racial justice.
The Anti-Racist Community Development research project was developed with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of the Foundation.