Events
Upswell Pop-Up

March 30, 2021

2:00 pm – 5:00 pm ET

The Vital Intersection of Trust and Racial Equity

How leaders and organizations show up in 2021 on behalf of their communities matters more than ever. Will we set agendas and action plans together? Or will we slip back into the status quo that perpetuates unhealthy and inequitable systems and prevents the long-term change our communities – and society – need?

There are a lot of high hopes for 2021. But hopes don’t simply manifest themselves into reality. If we’re going to fundamentally change our society in the ways we know are possible, we need to repair some of our deepest wounds first. So, our first Pop-Up in this year of hope and opportunity will focus on the vital intersection of trust and racial equity, where we must help meet the urgent need of getting vaccines to the communities that need them the most.

2:00–2:10 pm ET

Welcome and Opening Remarks

2:10–2:55 pm ET
Session 1

Trust, COVID-19, and the Role of Civil Society

COVID-19 vaccine production is speeding up. But building a healthier future is only possible if everyone takes the vaccine – and that’s going to require building bridges of trust in communities of color, particularly considering the disproportionate impact the pandemic has had and the history of medical harm done in certain communities.

Join us in an honest conversation where we’ll discuss what nonprofits, philanthropy, and community-led organizations can and must do to build trust.

We’ll learn with Dr. Utibe R. Essien, MD, MPH, a Pittsburgh-based health equity research expert and Rami Nashashibi, executive director of the nonprofit organization Inner-City Muslim Action Network, facilitated by Kristina Gawrgy, chief communications and community building officer at Independent Sector.

3:00–3:55 pm ET
Breakout A

Using Poetry as Self-Care

In this interactive workshop, the Street Poets' team will use their daily poetry and meditation practices to explore how our words and voices can create a direct pathway to individual and collective healing. Poets and non-poets: come ready to write, have fun, and release!

3:00–3:55 pm ET
Breakout B

Building Bridges Where There Were Barriers

Join us in a conversation about how community members partnered with academic researchers to build trust and advance strategies that ensure children and youth can thrive as we recover. Focusing on The Pittsburgh Study as a case example, you’ll hear directly from community members and institutional leaders who drove authentic community building, co-created using genuine lived experience, and widened accountability through shared power in decisions to drive research and outcomes.

You’ll gain insights on how to replicate these strategies in your own organization or community, no matter your mission or objective, and learn more about how they developed their Shared Principles as an important north star.

4:00–4:50 pm ET
Session 2

Laying Foundations of Trust

Workplace wellness, organizational development, and equity work are typically siloed conversations and initiatives, but no organization can expect to develop sustainably without wellness and equity firmly braided into strategy, policy, and culture. In this session, we will be in conversation with organizations who, by centering safety and cultural humility through a trauma-informed resilience-oriented approach, are building the trust foundational to equitable growth even amidst pandemic challenges.

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