How To Be An Antiracist
LGBTQ+ Health Initiative’s Anti-racism Listening & Learning Series
Are you interested in reading, learning, and discussing how race and racism impact us at personal and professional levels? Are you interested in applying antiracism in your daily life? Then, join our Fall 2022 Antiracism Listening and Learning Series using How to Be An Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi. Starting November 11th, this offering has updated content based on your feedback.
In an interactive space with activities and discussion, five 90-minute sessions will focus on both personal and communal spaces, with the purpose of generating tools to translate Antiracist learnings into practice. Each session includes spaces for BIPOC and white folks to engage separately and together. This Series has been approved for the Network Racial Justice Requirement!
Open to all staff of all Network and LGBT HHS Initiative organizations. Participants must attend at least 3 of the 5 sessions to encourage rich dialogue and exchange.
Sessions will be held on Fridays from 2–3:30 pm. The dates are 11/11, 11/18, 12/2, 12/9, and 12/16.
Free books are available at registration using the button above.
Lolan Buhain Sevilla (they/them) is a cultural worker & organizer who strives to root their work in community, study and practice. They have spent the last decade cultivating an expertise in cross-sectoral nonprofit administration, specializing in crisis management, program strategy, and board development that is grounded in an anti-oppressive framework, and trauma informed lens. Lolan currently works as the Senior Manager of Leadership Development Programs at the New York City Anti-Violence Project, and serves on the Board of Directors for the Audre Lorde Project. A member of the National Writers Union (Local 1981), they have numerous publishing credits, including the recently co-authored “Individual Struggle, Widespread Injustice: Trans and Gender Non-Conforming Peoples’ Experiences of Systematic Employment Discrimination.
Olajiwon McCadney (he/they) is the Chair for Diversity Studies & the Executive Director for Intercultural Student Success & Strategic Partnerships at HACC, Pennsylvania Community Colleges. Additionally, McCadney is a board member for the National Association for African Americans in Human Resources (NAAAHR) as well as serves as a facilitator for the national team with the Center for Restorative Justice at the University of San Diego. Lastly, McCadney holds an MSEd in Organizational Leadership & Performance Technology from the College at Potsdam, State University of New York as well as certification in Professional Coaching and is a current doctoral candidate at Northeastern University.
Carolina Kroon (she/her) is a visual producer, educator and activist who collaborates with organizations and individuals working towards social justice. For more than two decades she has assisted in representing communities, conspiring with many of the countries’ most effective publications and non-profits. She has facilitated and taught visual literacy and production with many people ranging in age from 8-80 in both community and academic settings. Her organizing has been focused within the LGBTQ and Women’s communities. She is a fluent Spanish speaker.
Brooke A. Levandowski (she/her) is the director of the LGBTQ+ Health Initiative. She is also an Assistant Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Rochester Medical Center. An epidemiologist by training, Brooke’s research seeks to improve stigmatized health outcomes through understanding the influence of culture on health decision making, primarily in the field of reproductive and sexual health. The LGBTQ+ Health Initiative is an excellent opportunity to work within our queer community to improve our health!
The LGBTQ+ Health Initiative held this iteration of the Antiracism Listening and Learning Series in Summer 2021 and Winter 2022, and we have archived that workshop information.