Unpacking Series v1

UNPACKING
SERIES

Bellow you will find links to watch/read recaps of our past sessions that a part of our Unpacking series along with a link to each of the handouts corresponding to those sessions. 

Session 1 - Unpacking White Privilege: How to Be a White Ally and an Anti-Racist

When we choose to be anti-racist, we become actively conscious about race, racism and anti-Blackness AND take actions to end racial inequities in our daily lives. Being anti-racist is believing that racism is everyone’s problem, and we all have a role to play in stopping it. There is no neutral.

On June 11, we hosted our first conversation, a first in our series, with Chicago Beyond Founder & CEO Liz Dozier, former U.S. Secretary of Education and current Managing Partner of Chicago CRED Arne Duncan, and the founder of Free Radicals Project Christian Picciolini, about their own anti-racist journeys and the actions others can take to be a White ally and take action now.

Session 2 - So, You Want to Be Antiracist. Now What?

On August 10, we hosted the second session of our antiracism series titled, “So, You Want to Be Antiracist. Now What?” During the hourlong conversation, Chicago Beyond Founder & CEO Liz Dozier, Professor and author Ibram X. Kendi, and Chicago Public Schools’ Chief Equity Officer Dr. Maurice Swinney, we dove into the obstacles that stand in the way of being truly antiracist in thought and in practice—and what we can do about it.

Session 3 - Unpacking Race, Wealth, and Individual Power

On Wednesday, September 23, we hosted our third session of the Unpacking series titled, “Unpacking Race, Wealth, and Individual Power.” We were joined by scholar Dr. Andre Perry and the UChicago Institute of Politics’ David Axelrod to discuss racial wealth inequality in America. In the discussion moderated by Chicago Beyond Founder & CEO Liz Dozier, panelists talked about the manifestations of these inequalities, their impact on the public consciousness, and how they influence the ways we value each other and the communities we belong to. The overarching theme of the conversation was that it is our responsibility to educate ourselves on the disparities that exist along racial lines, understand where we fall among those lines, and challenge ourselves to think and invest differently in each other and our communities.