Equity Alliance Tool Kit
A Deeper Look at Microaggressions
Microaggressions are defined as indirect, subtle, or unintentional discrimination against members of a marginalized group . In the comic (link below), by Alli Kirkham of Everyday Feminism, we see the effects that one day's accumulated microaggressions can have on a person. It's a good reminder that although microaggressions may come from people with good intentions, the accumulated impacts make microaggressions a larger issue which can do significant harm and increase inequality. Listen to this episode of the podcast "Code Switch" to learn more about how racial discrimination negatively impacts health outcomes.
Talking to Kids About Race
-Application deadline tomorrow, March 23-
"Talking to Kids About Race: How to Raise Socially Conscious Children through Conversations about Race" is a ten day training being hosted in late April and early June by the McKinleyville Family Resource Center. The train-the-trainer module, facilitated by Poppy Sias Hernandez and Alfredo Hernandez, is designed to prepare participants to facilitate the curriculum in their own work. Please see the flyer linked below for additional information on the series and how to apply. The application deadline is Friday, March 23.
EA Roundtable: The Great Myth of Race
Have you struggled to find a space to deepen your understanding and conversations about race and racial inequities? The Equity Alliance of the North Coast will sponsor a Racial Equity Roundtable the first Thursday of every month from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The Racial Equity Roundtable offers an opportunity to discuss race in an open and brave space of learning and dialogue for both the newcomer to such conversations and the experienced. 

If you’re interested in gaining knowledge and dialoguing with others, we hope you’ll join us on Thursday, May 3, 2018 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. as we delve into dialogue about the scientific exploration of DNA, and how recent discoveries have toppled the concept of biological race. Using Episode 1 of the PBS series "Race: the Power of an Illusion" as a springboard for conversation, we will learn how science is challenging our common sense notions that human beings can be classified into distinct groups based on physical traits, and consider the impacts of the "myths of race" on ourselves and society. Facilitated by Melissa Meiris and Ron White. Register in advance below, space is limited. Low cost options and scholarships are available.

To learn more about how race was constructed, watch this short video.

The Invention of Whiteness

In the video excerpt shared below, john powell of the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society illustrates how Bacon's Rebellion of 1676 led to some of the earliest differentiation between European indentured servants and enslaved Africans by the ruling elite.
Upcoming Events
Film "As I Open My Eyes"
Today, March 22 from 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Part of the "Let's Talk About the Middle East" film and discussion series, the screening of "As I Open My Eyes" is hosted by HSU History professor Dr. Leena Dallasheh. The film is set in Tunisia in 2010, at the dawn of the Jasmine Revolution and the Arab Spring, and follows a young woman, Farah, who joins a political band as a singer against her parent's will. The coming of age story is about music and revolution, overshadowed by a crumbling thirty year dictatorship. The film showing is free and open to all this evening, March 22 from 7:00-9:00 p.m. at Richard's Goat Tavern in Arcata.
Flipping the Script: Using Power for Good
Thursday, May 24 & Friday, May 25 (9:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.)
Whether we notice it or not, power impacts nearly every professional and social interaction. In this two-day intensive, participants will understand and re-imagine how power works in different spaces where nonprofits operate, and gain tools for analysis, with a goal of developing constructive strategies and effective responses for addressing power and harnessing it to create social change. The event will be facilitated by Melissa Meiris and Erin Youngblood-Smith at the Humboldt Area Foundation. NorCAN Members $60 & Non-Members $75.
HSU Department of Social Work Speaker Series- Indigenous Knowledge: Community, Well-Being and Healing
Catch the last event of the "Indigenous Knowledge: Community, Well-Being and Healing" Speaker Series presented by the HSU Department of Social Work: on March 27 from 1:00-3:00 p.m. Joseph Gone, Ph.D. will present "Rethinking Mental Health Services for American Indian Communities: Postcolonial Perspectives & Possibilities". Click below for more information.
2018 California Indian Conference
The 32nd Annual California Indian Conference is on April 5 and 6 at Humboldt State University. There are panels and presentations being offered all day both Thursday and Friday and the California Indian Film Festival is from 1:30-8:00 p.m. on April 5 in the Kate Buchanan Room. All events are free and open to the public except for the closing reception from 6:00-8:00 p.m. on April 6, which is $20 and includes catered dinner. See link below for more information and to register.
English Express Benefit Dinner
English Express is proud to host its first annual English Express Benefit on Sunday, May 20, from 5:00-7:00 p.m., at the Sequoia Conference Center, in Eureka. Enjoy an evening with dinner served by Pachanga Mexican Restaurant, live entertainment, no-host bar, dessert auction, and dutch raffle. On behalf of the English Express students, thank you for your patronage. This event is all about teamwork and community involvement and would not be successful without your support.  Let’s ensure the continuation of English Express classes for Humboldt County’s English language learners!  Purchase tickets via the link below. Questions? Call  707-443-5021 .
  Email [email protected] to share upcoming events you know about related to racial equity and we will post it on our website!
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