Keynote With Heather McGhee, Author of The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together
The Center to Improve Social and Emotional Learning and School Safety at WestEd is delighted to invite you to a keynote address with Heather McGhee, author of the widely acclaimed book, The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together. This event is made possible through generous funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Heather McGhee’s specialty is the American economy—and the mystery of why it so often fails the American public. From the financial crisis of 2008 to rising student debt to collapsing public infrastructure, she found a root problem: racism in our politics and policymaking. But not just in the most obvious indignities for people of color. Racism has costs for white people, too. It is the common denominator of our most vexing public problems, the core dysfunction of our democracy and constitutive of the spiritual and moral crises that grip us all. But how did this happen? And is there a way out?
Goals of this session including learning about the concepts of Zero-Sum Paradigm and the Solidarity Dividend, illustrated by key stories of race and racism in America, and delving into ways that participants, as state leaders, can work together through policy and funding to address structural racism.
When: Thursday, June 9, 2022, 10:00–11:00 a.m. PT (1:00–2:00 p.m. ET)