Archive for February, 2016

How we’re “Putting Racism on the Table”: The Meyer Foundation

February 1, 2016

by Nicky Goren, President and CEO, and Josh Bernstein, Board Chair
The Eugene & Agnes E. Meyer Foundation

On January 22, WRAG launched its “Putting Racism on the Table” learning series with a presentation and discussion with Professor john a. powell, director of the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society and professor of law and African American Studies & Ethnic Studies at the University of California at Berkeley. In his overview, Professor powell discussed structural racism, implicit bias, and how our brains are wired to react based on the overwhelming inputs we receive through media and popular culture. He also addressed the power of networks in perpetuating or altering the status quo. Perhaps most significantly, he raised an important threshold issue: the need to have open and honest conversations about racism.

The Meyer Foundation’s board and staff began our own conversation about racism as part of our strategic planning…

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