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Opening & Blessing
As our Equity Summit “Weaver”, Jerry frames the importance of the day’s work and centers us in our inner sacredness, the sacredness of ALL of our ancestors, and the blessedness of the communities we serve.

• Jerry Tello | Healing Practitioner, Educator and Co-founder of the National Compadres Network

Welcome Remarks
Bryan welcomes everyone, and Denise explains the agenda and desired outcomes for the Summit. Federal and National Partners also offer remarks.

• Bryan Duncan, CCAP, NCRT | Chairman of National Board, National Community Action Partnership
• Denise Harlow, CCAP, NCRT | CEO, National Community Action Partnership
• Dr. Lanikque Howard | Director in the Office of Community Services, ACF, US DHHS

These Truths
This session grounds participants in the history, myths, and facts of inequities in the US—starting with race.

• Dr. Gail Christopher | Executive Director, National Collaborative for Health Equity

Feel This Moment
Dr. Benjamin and Dr. Christopher engage in a conversation connecting the dots on America’s legacy of “othering” and use the COVID-19 pandemic to explore amplified disparities, social and economic threats and unrealized assets and opportunities.

• Dr. Georges Benjamin | Executive Director, American Public Health Association
• Dr. Gail Christopher | Executive Director, National Collaborative for Health Equity

Belonging—Starting With The End In Mind (Part 1)
Our panel provides an analysis of systems level barriers to economic mobility and belonging. Additionally, they examine why belonging is our “north star” as we seek out equitable outcomes and “lever” strategies for building power and transforming local systems.

• Dr. Raquel Hatter | Deputy Director, Human Services, Kresge Foundation
• Dr. Michael McAfee | President and CEO, PolicyLink
• Gary Cunningham | President and CEO, Prosperity Now

Belonging—Starting With The End In Mind (Part 2)
Community Action Equity and Economic Mobility Commissioners (EEMC) will provide a Community Action scan of barriers to belonging in local communities and tangible examples of what our communities can become with belonging as the “north star”.

• Maria Elena de la Garza | Executive Director, Community Action Board of Santa Cruz County
• Jerome Underwood | President & CEO, Action for a Better Community, Inc.
• Patrick Anderson | CEO, Rural Alaska CAP, Inc. (RURALCAP)

The State of Women and Poverty: Centering in Intersectional Narratives and Implications for the Future
During this session, an intersectional analysis of women in poverty consider the implications and opportunities for families and their health and well-being and imagine a new economy using an equity lens.

• Dr. Regina M. Benjamin | 18th U.S. Surgeon General & Healthcare Disparity Expert Response & Deepening the Conversation
• Dr. Kandace Creel Falcón | Xicana Femme Feminist & Writer
• Sung Yeon Choimorrow | Executive Director, National Asian American Pacific Women’s Forum

Plenary—Performing Arts Expression
This is a lively integrative session that uses the creative arts to help participants ground themselves in truth, pain, and possibilities for building a more equitable future in local communities.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 21

WATCH: Opening & Blessing
As our Equity Summit “Weaver”, Jerry frames the importance of our work and centers us in our inner sacredness, the sacredness of ALL of our ancestors, and the blessedness of the communities we serve.

• Jerry Tello | Healing Practitioner, Educator and Co-founder of the National Compadres Network

WATCH: Re-Imagining the Color of Law: Repurposing the Problem
This session explores how the “intentions” that created disparities in the US can be redefined as a new set of “intentions” that with collective accountability create a flow to well-being and opportunity for everyone.

• Richard Rothstein | Distinguished Fellow, Economic Policy Institute

CONCURRENT WORKSHOP SESSIONS ROUND 1 (CLICK SESSION TITLE TO ACCESS RECORDING)

CONCURRENT WORKSHOP SESSIONS ROUND 2 (CLICK SESSION TITLE TO ACCESS RECORDING)

WATCH: A Home Away From Home: Embracing Children and Families Without Borders
This session highlights the impact of living in a community without legal status, barriers facing immigrant children and families, and provides insight on appropriate responses to creating opportunity and building resilience.

• Jerry Tello | Healing Practitioner, Educator and Co-founder of the National Compadres Network
• Héctor Sánchez-Flores | Executive Director, National Compadres Network
• Luis Cardona | Administrator, Positive Youth Development Montgomery County Dept of Health and Human Services

RESOURCES:

• Unaccompanied Children Released to Sponsors by State and County, FY 2014-Present
• ‘No Place for a Child’: Inside the Tent Camp Housing Thousands of Migrant Children
• I Was an Unaccompanied Minor. Don’t You Dare Say My Parents Didn’t Love Me | Opinion
• What’s best for Pascual?
• Building Bridges for Every Child: Reception, Care and Services to Support Unaccompanied Children in the United States

Table Talks—Systems Tables
The conversation Tables give participants an opportunity draw on the experience and wisdom of peers. Additionally, each Table speculates recommendations for individual, local, and collective action to advance the belonging and equity agenda for each of the table topics. Each table presents an opportunity for relationship building, peer learning, and recommendation generation.

  • EEMC Members and National Equity Experts, Facilitators

Systems Tables (CLICK SESSION TITLE TO ACCESS RECORDING):

Table Talks—The People Tables
The conversation Tables gives participants an opportunity draw on the experience and wisdom of peers. Additionally, each Table speculates recommendations for individual, local, and collective action to advance the belonging and equity agenda for each of the people/population groups. Each table presents an opportunity for relationship building, peer learning, and recommendation generation.

  • EEMC Members and National Equity Experts, Facilitators

The People Tables (CLICK SESSION TITLE TO ACCESS RECORDING):

 

Dreaming New Dreams & Sustaining Resiliency
During this session, participants offer highlights of their learning and share dreams/ideas about how access to opportunity and social and economic mobility can be built and sustained for everyone.

EQUITY SUMMIT REPORT AND RESOURCE GUIDE

Download this report for a recap and outline of the National Community Action Equity Summit and its objectives, along with curated resources from the Partnership’s Learning Communities Resource Center (LCRC) team.

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Belonging—Starting W/ The End In Mind Part 1
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Belonging—Starting W/ The End In Mind Part 2
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Opening Welcome
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The State of Women & Poverty
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These Truths / Feel This Moment
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Opening & Blessing Day 2
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A Home Away from Home
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Re-Imagining the Color of Law
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Breakout Sessions
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Peoples Tables
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Systems Tables
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Dreaming New Dreams
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