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The Community of Practice: Don’t Agonize, Organize featuring Theo Pride, PhD and Frank Romo, MURP

The Community of Practice: Don’t Agonize, Organize featuring Theo Pride, PhD and Frank Romo, MURP

May 24, 2022

Building people power through community organizing and movement-building is a critical solution to the historical and current inequitable distribution of power and resources along lines of race and class. Social movements led by communities most impacted by injustice are perhaps the most effective drivers of change. And understanding that when we center justice and equity with communities that have been disproportionately impacted, all communities have the potential to benefit. Today we join Theo Pride, PhD Community Organizer with the Detroit People’s Platform and Frank Romo, CEO at Romo GIS to discuss the role of power in organizing and the benefits of having a technology element to enhance your people campaigns. 

 

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Theo Pride LinkedIn: Theo Pride

Visit the Detroit People’s Platform Website

Frank Romo’s LinkedIn: Frank Romo

Frank Romo’s Twitter @Romo_GIS

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Talking with Pictures featuring Laura Lorenz, PhD

Talking with Pictures featuring Laura Lorenz, PhD

May 10, 2022

Photography crosses cultural and linguistic barriers, and is suitable for all abilities. It can describe realities, communicate perspectives, and raise awareness of social and global issues. PhotoVoice is a powerful tool that can be used to build a world in which everybody has the opportunity to represent themselves and tell their own story. Today we join Laura Lorenz, PhD, Co-Founder of Photovoice Worldwide to discuss how she has used this participatory research method to show stories, share power, and change lives.

 

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Photovoice Worldwide Instagram: @Photovoiceworldwide

Photovoice Worldwide Twitter: @PhotovoiceW

 

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Spark the Conversation featuring Jerome Crawford, Esq

Spark the Conversation featuring Jerome Crawford, Esq

April 22, 2022

The “war on drugs” launched a global campaign to increase federal drug control agencies in order to reduce production, distribution, and consumption of illegal drugs. Fast forward nearly 50 years, this campaign still has lingering effects today - the U.S. prison population skyrocketed, and Black and Latino communities were disproportionately impacted by drug arrests and racial profiling. And while some states have legalized marijuana, there are still barriers to equity participating in the growing business. Today, we join Jerome Crawford Esq, Director of Legal Operations and Social Equity at Pleasantrees to discuss the history of marijuana prohibition, the tools available to advance equity, and other solutions to increase engagement in the marijuana industry.

 

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Jerome Crawford’s Instagram: @Jcrawford_Esq

Pleasantrees Instagram: @WeArePleasantrees

Pleasantrees Website 

 

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It’s Never What You Know featuring Dr. Gina Merritt, MBA

It’s Never What You Know featuring Dr. Gina Merritt, MBA

April 5, 2022

In the context of employment, social capital can be seen as a positive asset for those who are seeking to find work or change jobs within the market. It can also be considered in terms of creating opportunities for career progression and job retention. Though commonly identified as a positive asset, social capital can also be seen as a disadvantage for marginalized groups. Today, we join Dr. Gina Merritt, to discuss her social capital platform that has been used to connect people in low-income communities with jobs, the impacts of COVID-19 on unemployment and how we go about eliminating inequities in employment opportunities. 

 

Dr. Gina Merritt’s Twitter: @GinaMerritt17 

Project Community Capital’s Website

Project Community Capital Twitter: @ProjComCapital

Project Community CapitalInstagram: @ProjectCommunityCapital

 

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The Community of Practice: No Role Modelz w/ Lakeya Cherry, DSW, Antoine Lovell LMSW, MPA, and Haileigh Nelson, MSW

The Community of Practice: No Role Modelz w/ Lakeya Cherry, DSW, Antoine Lovell LMSW, MPA, and Haileigh Nelson, MSW

March 22, 2022

Successful career development requires much more than technical and job-related skills. Mentors can help professionals develop additional competencies and build key relationships. Research reveals that having a designated person to talk to, share concerns with and even vent to is extremely beneficial—it helps relieve stress, gain a clear, new perspective and make more informed decisions. Today, we join Lakeya Cherry, DSW, Antoine Lovell, and Haileigh Nelson to discuss the Network for Social Work Management’s Policy Fellow Program, how it was rooted in developing the next generation of policy leaders and the benefits of mentorship in navigating their career lifecycle.

 

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Dr. Cherry’s Twitter: @Lakeya_Cherry 

Dr. Cherry’s Instagram: @LakeyaCherry 

Dr. Cherry’s LinkedIn: Lakeya Cherry, DSW, MSSW, ACC

Visit Dr. Lakeya Cherry’s website here.

Antoine’s Twitter: @Antoine_Lovell

Haileigh’s Instagram: @Hailssss_Jay

Haileigh’s LinkedIn: Haileigh Nelson

 

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The Block is Hot w/ Lacee Satcher, PhD

The Block is Hot w/ Lacee Satcher, PhD

March 8, 2022

Compared to affluent white communities, lower-income communities and communities of color are missing out on the advantages urban greenery provides.Negative environmental factors can compound social and economic conditions and lead to higher levels of chronic health problems such as asthma, diabetes, and hypertension for minorities and low-income communities. Today, we join Lacee Satcher, PhD to discuss the relationship between racism, capitalism, and the environment and how looking at this problem with a Black feminist lens can produce more equitable solutions.

 

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Places and Spaces I’ve Been w/ Desiree D. Powell, MCRP

Places and Spaces I’ve Been w/ Desiree D. Powell, MCRP

February 22, 2022

There is one number that may determine how healthy you are and how long you will live. It's your address. In communities with parks and playgrounds, grocery stores, and other assets, you are more likely to thrive. And where those things are missing, the opposite is true. Today we join Desiree D. Powell, MCRP, Urban Planner and Designer to discuss the relationship between healthy places and healthy people, how environments are designed, and how we can be better anti-racist planners.

Desiree’s Instagram: @TheDee_P

Desiree’s Twitter: @DRTBSPlanning

Visit Desiree’s website Do Right By the Streets here

 

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The Community of Practice: Girl Code w/ Ijeoma Opara, PhD, LMSW, MPH and Marline Francois-Madden, LCSW

The Community of Practice: Girl Code w/ Ijeoma Opara, PhD, LMSW, MPH and Marline Francois-Madden, LCSW

February 8, 2022

Far too often, Black girls are described as “troubling” or “disobedient” yet having isolated occurrences. When you review the existing data, you notice the trends that in some U.S. public schools, Blackgirls are six times more likely to face suspension, three times more likely to be restrained, twice as likely to endure corporal punishment, and three times more likely to experience law enforcement referrals than white girls. Today we join Dr. Ijeoma Opara and Marline Francois-Madden to discuss these disparities, how Black girls are frequently treated as adults, and how we can best support Black girls inside and outside of the classroom.

 

Today, we join Dr. Ijeoma Opara and Marline Francois-Madden, 

 

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Marline’s Instagram:@MarlineFrancois

Marline’s Twitter:@MarlineFracois

Visit Marline’s website here and purchase the State of Black Girls here.

Dr. Opara’s Instagram:@Dr.Ijeoma.Opara

Dr. Opara’s Twitter:@IjeomaOparaPHD

Visit Dr. Opara’s website here.

 

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The Miseducation of Social Work w/ Josh McNeil, LCSW

The Miseducation of Social Work w/ Josh McNeil, LCSW

January 25, 2022

We have learned the architecture of racism in the social work profession is embedded in practice, research, and education. As practitioners, we must deepen our awareness and then recognize our responsibility to disrupt the growth of racist ideas. Today, we join Josh McNeil, Doctoral Student at the University of Alabama, historian, and co-host of the Melanated Social Work Podcast to discuss his path for social work education, his process for unlearning, and how we should all seek out truth through curiosity. 

 

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Instagram: MelanatedSocialWork

Listen to Josh on the Melanated Social Work Podcast here

 

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Speaking Truth to Power w/ Kim Young, LCSW

Speaking Truth to Power w/ Kim Young, LCSW

January 11, 2022

The primary aim of social work is eliminating social inequalities by advocating for racial, social, and economic justice for individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. In many ways, white supremacy has shaped how many social workers navigate the system, what to expect, and what they believe is possible. Today, we join the Dope Black Social Worker AKA Kim Young, LCSW to discuss the consequences of white supremacy in social work, how she navigates professionalism standards, and her goals for social work retirement. 

 

Keep in touch with Kim Young:

Instagram: DopeBlack_SocialWorker

Twitter: DopeBlack_Slwkr

Visit Kim’s website here: Dope Black Social Worker

 

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