Another successful faculty development session... this time at McDaniel College. Looking forward to joining their community in February, 2019!
On the latest episode of #SecuretheSeat, I chat with host, Minda Harts about intersectional feminism, allyship #bbmreads, FACTUALITY, entrepreneurship... and how to secure the bag/seat when getting a glimpse of the table is not even an option.
Check it out here:
I love working with high school students as they give me SO much hope for the future.
I look forward to when this generation can #vote.
I hope that YOU make it out to the polls today.
In September of 2017, I made a conscious decision to give FACTUALITY my all. I developed and implemented a marketing plan that would capture the attention of local businesses, organizations, and institutions.
I sent out thousands of emails and hundreds of postcards. Only a few weeks after I began my marketing plan, Strong City Baltimore emailed me saying they received my postcard and wanted to move forward with a FACTUALITY facilitation... and a year later, they hired me again.
Shout out to Widener for including FACTUALITY in their Fraternity and Sorority Retreat.
The addition of a few statistics about Fraternity and Sorority Life allowed the students to grasp just how pervasive discrimination is in America.
If you experienced FACTUALITY and felt moved by its capabilities, then FACTUALITY Baltimore is an absolute must. When I tell you next level...
Utilizing local neighborhoods and statistics to explore local discrimination really took the experience to the next level. Proximity played a major role in participant awareness and understanding of just how pervasive (racial) discrimination is not only in this country but in the city that they call home.
I typically share my personal experiences in an effort to substantiate the FACTS shared during my facilitations... but the stories shared by the participants, many of them life long residents of Baltimore, truly brought the FACTS to life.
I still can't capture just how completely remarkable FACTUALITY Baltimore is.
There's so much to love about FACTUALITY but one of my favorite parts is participant storytelling.
Pictured here is Loyola University's F.I.R.S.T. Assistant Director, Scott, sharing painful childhood memories about an encounter outside of a redlined neighborhood in Baltimore.
He recalls the time when he was five years old and in Hampden at sundown. As he and his mother "attempted" to leave the neighborhood, their car was barricaded by three pickup trucks. One in the front, one in the back, and one on the side of their car.
Two men approached their car, sitting on the hood smoking cigarettes. One of the men in the trucks revved his engine, simultaneously causing the rubber on his tires to burn.
For arguably the longest 45 minutes of their lives, their fate was unknown. Per his mother's instructions, Scott stayed crouched on the ground for nearly an hour. They were terrified.
Finally one truck leaves, then another, but the last truck... as Scott and his mom drove off, the last truck followed them until they cleared the Hampden neighborhood line.
Racism is not a distant past and we are most certainly not living in a post racial society.
Yesterday I debuted FACTUALITY Baltimore.
Framed around facts re: the city’s racist housing practices of the early 1900’s, this board includes the Baltimore neighborhoods that were redlined over 100 years ago.
Including Sandtown RIP Freddie Gray
This facilitation will also expose the present day targeted discriminatory practices that have maintained the demise of originally redlined neighborhoods, for over a century.
Housing segregation is intimately connected to the quality of one’s education, healthcare, access to employment, access to healthy food, lead exposure, prevalence of violence, likelihood of racial profiling and police brutality etc... and not enough people know that this is all by design.
One facilitation at a time, I will use regional boards to share an even more compelling story about structural inequality in America.
I couldn’t be more proud of the evolution of my work.