As one of the most diverse local jurisdictions in the nation, Montgomery County is well-regarded for its commitment to diversity, and creating a welcoming and inclusive place where everyone can thrive. And yet, the socio-economic conditions reflect a troubling trend common throughout the nation – a growing wealth gap, and a strong and persistent correlation between race and ethnicity, and those living in poverty. The unfortunately reality is that many people of color are struggling to achieve a basic quality of life.
At this year’s IMPACT NOW event, we will explore historical and structural racism as a root cause of these disparities. Each year, IMPACT Now! convenes hundreds of people from throughout IMPACT Silver Spring’s diverse network to lift up a shared vision of a thriving multi-cultural community. This year, we will begin a community conversation on steps we can take to achieve racial equity in Montgomery County
For IMPACT NOW! 2017, we are delighted to welcome Dr. Yanique Redwood as our keynote speaker. In addition to her role as President and CEO of the Consumer Health Foundation (CHF), Yanique has been a leading voice in bringing racial equity to the forefront in the philanthropic sector across the region. She does so through the CHF Game Changer Blog, invited speaking engagements, and in her role as co-chair of the Racial Equity Working Group of the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers. Yanique is also an adjunct faculty member at University of Maryland School of Public Health where she teaches doctoral-level courses on health equity and health policy.
Following the keynote address is a panel discussion and small group dialogues. Panelists include the aforementioned Dr. Rotenstein, Marice Morales (member, Maryland House of Delegates, District 19), and Ronnie Galvin (Senior Adviser, Center for Community Change). The panel—moderated by Dr. Redwood—will discuss the significance of history, culture, and levels of consciousness in constructing and sustaining unjust systems and institutions; and ideas for creating a more equitable future together.
Date and Time: Thursday May 4th, 2016 from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM.
Location: Silver Spring Civic Building, 1 Veterans Pl, Silver Spring, MD 20910.
Cost: We are committed to opening the event to everyone, free of charge. To help pay for event costs, donations in any amount would be greatly appreciated - and can be made at the event, or through the registration page.
Food: Light fare will be served.
Interpretation: English to Spanish simultaneous interpretation will be available.
Parking: Parking is available at the Town Square Public Parking Garage, located at801 Ellsworth Dr, Silver Spring, MD 20910. A parking rate of $1.00 per hour is only applied until 7:00 PM.
Public Transportation: The Silver Spring Civic Building is located half a mile from the Silver Spring Metro Station and the Silver Spring Transit Center.