Despite America's most sacred ideal of egalitarianism, racial inequality has been a fact of American life throughout our history. Despite historic civil rights advancements, systemic inequity continues to be ingrained in our society—including in our own communities—holding us back from our promise.

How can we all make a difference? The Path to Racial Equity, a series of six free virtual programs beginning on Thursday, Jan. 14 at 5:30 p.m. CT, will draw on experts who will examine the issues surrounding racial inequity in Austin and offer simple, practical steps each of us can take to be part of the solution. Speakers include LBJ School Professors Peniel Joseph and Victoria DeFrancesco Soto. SERIES SCHEDULE

The Path to Equity: The Aftershow
Tuesdays following "The Path to Racial Equity" series
Jan. 19–Feb. 23
After each virtual program, the Central Texas Collective for Racial Equity will host "Path to Equity: The Aftershow" every Tuesday on Facebook Live. Central Texas regional thought-leaders will share their personal reactions, insights and perspectives to each episode in the Path to Equity series in a small roundtable conversation followed by a live Q&A. More information to come.

To learn more about the Central Texas Collective for Racial Equity:

How is the next generation fighting for racial justice? What do they have to say about the pursuit of Racial Justice and what might we all learn from listening to the voices of young people? How do we nurture anti-racist children and what do they need from us?

Guests: Dawn Burnside, senior director of racial equity and social justice, Creative Action
Natalie Goodnow, school-based program director, Creative Action and young people from Creative Action Teen programs
Moderator: Karen LaShelle, executive director, Creative Action

How can we best wield our individual and collective political influence toward meaningful systemic change? How can we ensure that political candidates and elected officials promote and pursue a racial equity agenda?

Guest: Chas Moore, founder of the Austin Justice Coalition
Moderator: Dr. Victoria DeFrancesco Soto, assistant dean for civic engagement and a lecturer at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, The University of Texas at Austin

Previous sessions

How can we educate ourselves to better understand and be conscious of the everyday marginalization and inequity experienced by people of color?

Guest: Glenn E. Singleton, founder and president of Courageous Conversation
Moderator: Mark K. Updegrove, president and CEO, LBJ Foundation

Thursday, Jan. 21: HOW DID WE GET HERE?
What is the historical context for the issues of race our country currently faces? What is at the root of the racial injustice that contradicts our nation's ideals and continues to hold us back from our promise?

Guest: Dr. Peniel Joseph, professor of public affairs and founder of the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy (CSRD), LBJ School of Public Affairs, The University of Texas at Austin
Moderator: Leslie Wingo, president and CEO of Sanders\Wingo

How can we do better in recruiting and developing people of color—at every level—in the organizations we represent? What steps can we take to ensure that they feel included and that their voices are heard? What can we do to break down barriers in organizational advancement?

Guest: Kelli Mason, partner at Notley Tide
Moderator: Marjorie Clifton, principal at Clifton Consulting LLC

Thursday, Feb. 4: ECONOMIC JUSTICE
What does economic inequality look like for people of color—and what policies have deepened the racial wealth gap? How can we bridge the gap and create long-term economic opportunity?

Guest: Tam Hawkins, president and CEO of the Greater Austin Black Chamber of Commerce
Moderator: Renee LaFair, regional director of the Anti-Defamation League in Austin, Texas

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LBJ Foundation and partners