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Webinar: Foundational Concepts for Racial Equity

Monday, June 21, 2021 | 1:00pm ET / 12:00pm CT / 11:00am MT / 10:00am PT 

Over the past several years, the conversation about racial equity and addressing homelessness has shifted considerably. For many, the racial justice uprisings underscored the importance of deepening our knowledge and understanding of racism and what it means to be anti-racist. Part of “doing the work” also involves regrounding ourselves in foundational concepts to racial equity and bringing others along who are newer on their learning journey.  

Join Funders Together to End Homelessness and our partners at Liberation House for this training that will explore in-depth the foundational concepts of racial equity, including the history of race, multiple levels of racism, white supremacy, white privilege, and intersectionality. Participants will learn the basics of critical race theory that are necessary for organizational growth and development. We will also focus on analyzing systems that uphold white supremacy and structural racism in our society.  

Later this summer, Funders Together and Liberation House will partner again for a second webinar that will build on these concepts and dive deeper into justice and liberation. We hope will invite your colleagues to join you for this first foundational webinar.


Learning Objectives

  • Provide a brief overview of equity 101 terminology, including building knowledge around the four levels of racism (internal, interpersonal, institutional, and structural), white supremacy, white privilege, colorism, and principled struggle. 
  • Create intentional space for personal reflection on current knowledge and skills around racial equity. 
  • Build a foundation for participants to learn through shared growth and principled struggle.


Who Should Participate? 

We encourage our members to share this learning opportunity with their colleagues, organizational leadership, and board members/trustees and to spend time processing and learning together. This webinar is suited for:

  • Philanthropy staff and trustees who are newer to learning about racial equity  
  • Philanthropy staff and trustees who want a refresher on foundational concepts in racial equity to reground themselves in the work 

Please note: Participation in Funders Together programming is limited to private funders, United Ways, philanthropy-serving organizations, and/or members of Funders Together. Public funders, government employees, and staff at organizations where grantmaking is not the primary function are not eligible to participate. If you have any questions about your eligibility to participate, please contact Stephanie Chan, Director of Membership and Programs.    



Jonathan Lykes, Founder/CEO, Liberation House 

Jonathan Lykes is a Black queer artist, activist and academic. His interdisciplinary approach to art, activism and anti-oppression work, merges policy change, artistic expression and activism. Combining these forms of social transformation—and harnessing their synergy—Jonathan works to create awareness, promote personal healing, surmount institutional barriers and generate systemic change. Jonathan’s current position as Founder/Executive Director of Liberation House situates him to merge his multidisciplinary artistic background with public policy reform, community engagement and systems change work to teach liberation praxis by pushing the revolutionary edge of radical transformative movement work. Lykes is also a founding member of Black Youth Project 100 (BYP100), a movement of young adults using a Black Queer Feminist lens to advocate for community and institutional change. Jonathan is also the curator of BYP100’s freedom song and chant album, The Black Joy Experience, helping to teach holistic energy through the Black radical tradition. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Chicago, where he also received his master’s degree from the School for Social Service Administration. 

Tashira Halyard, Consultant, Liberation House 

Tashira led the Alliance for Racial Equity in Child Welfare, a coalition of child welfare stakeholders dedicated to eliminating racial disparities and improving outcomes for children and families of color in the child welfare system; facilitate workgroups, webinars and convenings with stakeholders focused on equity and improved outcomes; produce data analysis, written reports and campaigns highlighting the pressing issues facing families and children of color involved with public systems; co-led the Race Equity Team charged with leading the organizations efforts to becoming anti-racist. Tashira also worked as the deputy director for Homeless Children’s Playtime Project, where she led a team of program managers who supervised trauma-informed play programs at temporary housing programs in Washington, DC; she also served as a thought partner with the Executive Director in executing organizational operations, fundraising, advocacy, community relations and hiring and spoke publicly about family homelessness at DC Council hearings, partner meetings, advocacy events and HCPP trainings. Tashira received her J.D. from Georgetown University.


How to Register 

Registration for this webinar is now closed. 



These webinars will take place via Zoom. Registration will be open until Monday, June 21 at 12pm ET. If you do not receive your Zoom link or have technical issues logging into this call, please reach out to Stephanie Chan.  

This webinar will last 90 minutes.  

June 21, 2021 at 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Stephanie Chan, Director of Membership and Programs ·

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  • Stephanie Chan
    published this page in Programming 2021-05-27 15:08:58 -0400

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-Christine Marge, Director of Housing and Financial Stability at United Way of Greater Los Angeles

I am thankful for the local partnerships here in the Pacific Northwest that we’ve been able to create and nurture thanks to the work of Funders Together. Having so many of the right players at the table makes our conversations – and all of our efforts – all the richer and more effective.

-David Wertheimer, Deputy Director at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Very often a lack of jobs and money is not the cause of poverty, but the symptom. The cause may lie deeper in our failure to give our fellow citizens a fair chance to develop their own capacities, in a lack of education and training, in a lack of medical care and housing, in a lack of decent communities in which to live and bring up their children.

-President Lyndon B. Johnson, 1964 State of the Union Address

Funders Together has given me a platform to engage the other funders in my community. Our local funding community has improved greatly to support housing first models and align of resources towards ending homelessness.

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Our family foundation convenes local funders and key community stakeholders around strategies to end homelessness in Houston. Funders Together members have been invaluable mentors to us in this effort, traveling to our community to share their expertise and examples of best practices from around the nation.

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