DSM SURJ News & Action, 4/7/21

We cannot build the just world we seek without a robust coalition of people from all walks of life. But one group seems to be often missing from that coalition: white men. Join us for a discussion of this topic led by SURJ Leadership Core members Cameron Gale and Chris Noth, along with special guests:

Kristopher Rollins has held a multitude of roles within Des Moines Public Schools over the last 10 years. Currently, he acts as a Transformational Coach on the districts Talent Support Team where he facilitates learning exchanges around Equity and Culturally Sustaining practices with district leaders, administrators, and instructors. In addition, he is an adjunct professor at Drake University where he facilitates courses in Culturally Responsive Teaching and Under Represented Arts Integration. Kristopher is the co-founder of RunDSM, an organization providing after school programming in the various elements of Hip-Hop culture with a focus on literacy, vulnerability, youth activism, and leadership.

William R. Frey [he⋮they] is a social work and sociology Ph.D. student and facilitator of a space for uprooting whiteness at Columbia School of Social Work. His research focuses on a transdisciplinary interrogation of whiteness, antiracist praxis, and social media, bridging the psycho-sociological and the techno-cultural. As a doctoral research assistant, William is currently working with Cogburn Research Group (Directed by Dr. Courtney D. Cogburn) examining the role of racism in health and social inequities, and critical race consciousness development in social work education.

Additional panelists Gene McCracken and Michael McGuire will share their bios at the event.

All perspectives and genders are welcome, as always.

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You! This is for you.

This conference is for anyone who is interested in learning more about Black reproductive justice issues. This space was created by and for Black people, but anyone in Iowa who cares about the lives of Black people should join!

People who are pregnant or planning to be. People who love someone who is on a parenthood journey. People who work with Black pregnant and parenting people. People writing maternal health policies in our state. People of all genders. People with all kinds of bodies and abilities. For folks who want to dream about a better system. For folks who are already creating it!

This is for us. For all of us. Are you ready to celebrate?

To learn more about the conference and its creator, Olivia Samples, check out her chat with SURJ’s Amy Luebbert.


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