Those of us at EPIP HQ are deeply saddened and disturbed by the recent shootings of nine Black people at a prayer meeting in a historic Charleston, SC church earlier this week. In what appears to be a hate crime, the shooter intentionally targeted these individuals because of their race. We cannot and will not tolerate such violence and hatred, and stand in solidarity with all those working towards justice.Read more
JAG released this statement in response to recent events in Baltimore. Please read and share with your colleagues and networks.Read more
This post was authored by Surabhi Pandit, Public Policy Fellow at the Council of Michigan Foundations, who shares with us her experiences at EPIP’s People of Color Network Gathering held in November 2013.
I always thought that the cliché phrase ‘you are not alone’ was often overused and never fully applicable to situations when I heard someone say it. When I participated in the EPIP People of Color Network’s gathering last month, I experienced a hodgepodge of unique and unusual feelings from start to finish—those of complete affirmation, solidarity, and camaraderie among complete strangers…and for the first time in a long time, I didn’t feel alone.Read more
This post was authored by Chaletta Huertas, Program Officer at GMA Foundations, and appeared originally in the National Center for Family Philanthropy’s column, Voices from the Field.
Historically, only a small percentage of philanthropic dollars goes to communities of color, goes to organizations led by people of color, or comes from people of color. For many people, the word ‘philanthropist’ itself conjures up images of elderly white gentlemen in business suits. Has this changed much in today’s society which some would call ‘post-racial’?Read more
Leadership Lessons from Madiba, Newtown & Beyond: We Who Believe in Freedom Cannot Rest
Last weekend’s events were significant to many of us, myself included. The anti-apartheid and human rights leader, Nelson Mandela – known affectionately as Madiba – was laid to rest by the nation of South Africa. Closer to home, the small Connecticut town of Newtown grieved quietly and privately as our nation recognized the first anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy.Globally, we’ve made progress toward improving the lives of the oppressed. I was fortunate to witness some of these gains firsthand during my travels to South Africa on the 10th anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s election victory in 2004 and at soccer’s World Cup in 2010. The sense of accomplishment and unity across races was undeniable at both events.Read more
This post was authored by Lydia Nylander, of the U.S. Department of Justice, who attended EPIP’s People of Color Network Gathering last month.
For me, November in Boston usually generates thoughts of unconscionable temperatures and an abrupt introduction to hypothermia. However, I can only feel that the unseasonable warm weather that greeted me at the EPIP People of Color Network (PCN) Gathering was a sign of how unorthodox my time at this session would turn out to be.Read more
On November 5th and 6th, EPIP held its People of Color Network Gathering (formerly, the Professional Development Fund or PDF) at Harvard University. For those of you who don't already know, PCN offers participants access to professional development training and intergenerational learning opportunities, with the intent of diversifying and retaining people of color within the sector. The content of the PCN gathering itself is three-fold: 1) personal connections to social justice work; 2) understanding structural racism; and 3) bringing this work back home. EPIP’s Executive Director, Rahsaan Harris, acted as lead facilitator, with additional support from Hehershe Busuego of The Boston Foundation.Read more
Martin Luther King, Jr. is the model of a leader. He is the prototype for the kind of leader EPIP strives to create. It is a lofty goal but it is the marker we must set if we are building a movement of people committed to making the world more just, equitable, and sustainable.
I was fortunate to travel to Washington, DC on the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Justice. I boarded a bus in the early morning hours of August 28th with my Big Brothers Big Sisters mentee and a former student of mine from my teaching days and his two sons.Read more