Elevating Lives 2021
YW Boston’s two-part fall virtual event, free-of-charge
Demystifying Critical Race Theory: Tuesday, October 26th, 9:00AM – 10:30AM
Quantifying Equity and Inclusion: December 8th, 9:00AM – 10:30AM
Tuesday, October 26, 2021
Demystifying Critical Race Theory: How CRT can support organizational diversity, equity, and inclusion
9:00 AM – 10:30 AM | Interactive, virtual event
Critical Race Theory is the buzzword of summer 2021. Much of its popularity has been driven by state legislators who have introduced, or passed, bills to ban Critical Race Theory from being taught in public schools. These efforts continue despite teachers’ assertions that this graduate-level legal theory is not being taught in K-12 schools. There are many popular misconceptions about CRT and its place in our schools, workplaces, and organizations. CRT is not a diversity and inclusion “training” but a practice of interrogating the role of race and racism in society.
Please join YW Boston and Critical Race Theory scholar Patricia J. Williams for the first installment of our 2021 Elevating Lives virtual event series. Patricia J. Williams is a University Professor of Law and Philosophy, and Director of Law, Technology and Ethics at Northeastern University. She has published widely in the areas of race, gender, and law and has appeared in publications including the Guardian, Ms., the New York Times, the New Yorker, and the Washington Post.
During this event, we’ll take a closer look at Critical Race Theory, explore corporations’ responsibility to support racial justice, and understand how CRT can help organizations better determine where to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) work.
President and CEO, YW Boston
Beth Chandler joined YW Boston in November 2012, with more than 20 years of experience in both the corporate and nonprofit sectors. In August 2018, she was appointed President & CEO. Her breadth of work experience encompasses program development, delivery and evaluation, business development, and operations. Prior to working at YW Boston, Beth served as vice president at the Achievement Network, a national non-profit dedicated to helping urban public and charter schools close the achievement gap. Beth also held positions at Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation, the largest funding source for civil legal aid programs in the Commonwealth and Neighborworks America, one of the country’s preeminent leaders in affordable housing and community development. Beth also worked as a corporate banking associate with Bank of America in corporate banking and began her career as a research and evaluation analyst with the Urban Institute. Currently, Beth serves on the Eastern Bank Board of Advisors, The Museum of Fine Arts Board of Advisors, TSNE-MissionWorks Board of Directors, the Women’s Workforce Advisory Council and the Leadership Circle of Hope Central Church. A former professional basketball player, Beth received her undergraduate degree from Harvard University and an MBA from Columbia Business School.
University Distinguished Professor of Law and Humanities at Northeastern University School of Law
Patricia J. Williams is a graduate of Wellesley College and Harvard Law School. She began her career practicing law as a consumer and health law advocate for the Western Center on Law and Poverty, and as a Deputy City Attorney for the City of Los Angeles. Upon leaving practice, she served on faculties of the University of Wisconsin School of Law, Harvard University Women’s Studies Program, and CUNY Law School at Queen’s College, and is Professor Emerita at Columbia University. At present she serves as University Distinguished Professor of Law and Humanities at Northeastern University, with appointments in both the school of law and the department of philosophy. She also holds the title of Director of Law, Technology and Ethics Initiatives. As a parallel career, Professor Williams has pursued journalism. Her award-winning column, “Diary of a Mad Law Professor,” has appeared in The Nation Magazine for two decades. In 1997, she delivered the annual Reith Lectures, the BBC’s highest honor in radio journalism. She has authored five books, and hundreds of chapters, essays, book reviews, and articles for journals, popular magazines and newspapers. In 2000, Williams was awarded a MacArthur « genius » fellowship. She is the recipient of six Honorary Doctorates and has received numerous awards including from her alma maters–an Outstanding Alumna Award from Latin School in Boston, an Alumnae Achievement Award from Wellesley College, and a Graduate Medal from Harvard University. Her book, The Alchemy of Race and Rights was named one of the twenty-five best books of 1991 by The Voice Literary Supplement; and one of the “feminist classics of the last twenty years” that “literally changed women’s lives” by Ms. Magazine. Her 1988 article, « On Being The Object of Property, » remains one of the most cited pieces ever published in Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society. In 2013, in honor of its 25th anniversary, « On Being The Object of Property » was the subject of a symposium sponsored by the Columbia Law School’s Center for Gender and Sexuality, as well as of a special edition of Columbia’s Journal of Gender and Law. In 2018, a day-long symposium honoring The Alchemy of Race and Rights was sponsored by Northwestern University; and in 2019, it was again honored with a symposium at the College of William and Mary. She is an elected fellow of the American Philosophical Society, and has held fellowships at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, the School of Criticism and Theory at Dartmouth College, the Humanities Research Institute of the University of California at Irvine, the Institute for Arts and Civic Dialogue at Harvard, and the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. She has served on many boards, including the Council for Responsible Genetics, Wellesley College, Medgar Evers College, Conjunction Arts, Studio In A School, the NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund, the Andy Warhol Foundation, the Society of American Law Teachers, and the Sarah Parker Remond Center at University College London.
Wednesday, December 8, 2021
Measuring Equity and Inclusion: Using Data for Organizational Change
9:00 AM – 10:30 AM | Interactive, virtual event
Please join YW Boston for the second installment of our 2021 Elevating Lives virtual event series. After learning how frameworks such as Critical Race Theory can help organizations better determine where to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) work during our first Elevating Lives event, we will explore the importance of measuring behavioral change as a key indicator of successful equity and inclusion initiatives in the workplace. Drawing from YW Boston’s unique approach and findings from our extensive DEI Services, we will explore the key drivers to behavioral change and how organizations can go about measuring new and existing workplace inclusion initiatives.
Anouska Bhattacharyya, Ph.D.
Director of InclusionBoston, YW Boston
Dr. Anouska Bhattacharyya is the Director of our InclusionBoston program. Anouska is deeply invested in issues of race, gender and equity in higher education and healthcare. Anouska was the director of Harvard’s international program, managing incoming students’ immigration status, funding and curriculum development against a backdrop of increasing state violence and xenophobia. She assisted in the overhaul of the university’s core curriculum, and organized faculty protests at the decision to end DACA in 2017. She brings over a decade of expertise in higher education to YW. Prior to YW Boston, Anouska was heavily involved in the University of Pennsylvania’s MSTP: a program designed to diversify the physician-scientist community in Philadelphia and beyond. She is an award-winning teacher at Harvard, Northeastern and MIT. Anouska received her Ph.D. in history of science from Harvard University in 2013 as a result of her research examining the genealogy of mental health in the British Empire, specifically what it means to be simultaneously colonized by the state and by medicine. She received her bachelor’s degree in natural sciences, and an M.Phil. in history of science, medicine and technology, both from Cambridge University, UK.
Sarah Faude, Ph.D.
Director of Research and Evaluation, YW Boston
Dr. Sarah Faude joined YW Boston in July 2019 to serve as Director of Research and Evaluation. Sarah comes to YW with nearly a decade of research, writing, and teaching experience at the intersection of public urban contexts and racial inequality, particularly in education. Sarah received her Ph.D. in sociology from Northeastern University in 2019. Her dissertation research, entitled “The Road to Registration: Bureaucracy, Inequalities, and the Paradox of Compulsory Choice,” examined the role of institutional actors, practices, and processes in the reproduction of raced, classed, gendered, and linguistic inequalities in Boston Public Schools’ intra-district choice process. Her research has been published in the journals Educational Policy and Sociology of Education and featured in the Boston Globe and Chalkbeat. Sarah has also worked in both the out-of-school time and higher education spaces in the Boston area including: Northeastern University’s Sociology and Human Service department; 826 National; Breakthrough Greater Boston; and Boston Public Schools’ departments of Engagement, Opportunity and Achievement Gap, and Expanded Learning Time. She is an Advisory Committee member of The Identity Project, a creative documentary arts intervention for underserved youth. Sarah holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Skidmore College and was part of the founding class of inter-group dialogue facilitators, where she co-led a white racial identity dialogue with a cohort of her peers. She also holds an M.S.Ed from the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania and had the honor of teaching middle and high school English in two schools in North Philadelphia.
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