What exactly is Anti-Racism? How do you engage in awkward conversations? How do you progress from ally to anti-racist in this movement towards diversity, equity and inclusion? Join us as our Anti-Racism committee launches its premier virtual event with DEI facilitators Tracie Jones and Andy Riemer, who will provide insight and aid in navigating through these changing times.
After Anti-Racism 101, we will schedule three follow-up events (TBA) taking place concurrently, inviting attendees to dive deeper into their anti-racist practice. These events will be in the form of three racial-affinity spaces: Black-identifying folks, People of Color who do not identify as Black, and white-identifying folks. In these groups, participants will be invited to engage in facilitated discussions to examine and discuss how racism and anti-Blackness have shaped their lived experiences in the past, and especially in this moment. We recognize that we all have complex, intersecting identities, and we believe there is value in discussing the similarities and differences within each of these various groups.
Tracie Jones (she/her/hers) is the Director of Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, HGSE, where she works on the schools strategic initiatives for Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging and also facilitates diversity programming for students, staff, and faculty. While at HGSE she developed and launched the Equity and Inclusion Fellows Program, which is in its 4th year. She is a member of the Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging Council at Harvard University and teaches a Diversity Management class at the Harvard Extension School. Outside of Harvard University she facilitates diversity workshops and provides consulting for schools, non-profits and extended day learning programs.
Andy Riemer (he/him/his) is an Associate at SidePorch working with values-driven organizations across complex systems to take on humanity's biggest challenges. This continues his career of driving impact through the principles of equity and inclusion. As an independent consultant, Andy worked for various non-profits, foundations, and corporations to measure impact, create strategic growth, as well as consult on mental health and diversity initiatives. Previously, Andy has worked at education and entertainment organizations, such as Creative Artists Agency (CAA) and Education Week, developing mission-driven change through scale, research, and optimal partnerships. He has also founded a mental health start-up and briefly played professional soccer. He holds an Ed.M in Human Development and Psychology (Harvard Graduate School of Education) and a B.A. in Psychology (Georgetown University).