Advancing Racial Equity Event Series

Listening and learning from communities of color.

Together, we’re working toward a racially just recovery where all people have homes, students graduate and families are financially stable. We’re listening and learning from people with lived experiences—and we want to share these opportunities and events with you!

Most Recent Event

Advancing Racial Equity with LaTosha Brown

October 5, 2022

LaTosha Brown, co-founder of Black Voters Matter joined us for an inspirational presentation about advocacy, voting rights and how we can all take action towards a just and equitable nation.

Watch the video >>

Past and Future Events Featuring

LaTosha Brown

Co-Founder of Black Voters Matter Fund and Black Voters Matter Capacity Building Institute

LaTosha Brown is an award-winning visionary thought leader, institution builder, Cultural Activist and Artist, and Connector. She is the Co-Founder of Black Voters Matter Fund and Black Voters Matter Capacity Building Institute. These initiatives are designed to boost Black voter registration and turnout, as well as increase power in marginalized, predominantly Black communities.

Past Speaker

Clint Smith
Author and staff writer at The Atlantic

Clint Smith is a staff writer at The Atlantic. He is the author of the narrative nonfiction book, How the Word Is Passed: A Reckoning With the History of Slavery Across America, which was a #1 New York Times Bestseller, and the poetry collection Counting Descent, which won the 2017 Literary Award for Best Poetry Book from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association and was a finalist for an NAACP Image Award.

Visit Clint Smith’s website >>

Past Speaker

Nicole Lynn Lewis
Author, Founder and CEO of Generation Hope

Nicole Lynn Lewis is a former teen mom who put herself through college with her three-month old daughter in tow. She now works every day to change the statistic that less than 2% of teen mothers will earn their degrees before age 30.

Read more about Nicole >>

Past Speaker

Zamzam Mohamed
Co-founder, Voices of Tomorrow

A native of Somalia and Kenya, and a Seattle resident since age 13, Zamzam is an activist for social justice and racial equity for Immigrant and Refugee communities. Zamzam co-founded Voices of Tomorrow (VOT), an organization that works closely with community partners to eliminate racial inequities in the early learning system.

Visit Voices of Tomorrow’s website >>

Past Speaker

Andrea Caupain Sanderson
Chief Executive Officer, Byrd Barr Place

For 20 years, Andrea Caupain Sanderson has worked passionately to make a positive impact on issues of racial and social equity. As Byrd Barr Place’s chief executive officer since 2008, she has built a strong foundation for future growth by effectively leading the organization through critical change and innovation.

Visit Byrd Barr Place website >>

Past Speaker

Sean Goode
Executive Director, Choose 180

Sean Goode is the executive director of Choose 180, which works to decriminalize youthful behavior by creating alternatives to the criminal legal system. Sean has worked with youth in at-risk communities and worked in educational advocacy implementing programs to support young people’s readiness in education. Sean is also a member of the Black Community Building Collective.

Visit Choose 180 website >>

Past Speaker

Regina Elmi
Co-founder and Executive Director, Supporting Partnerships in Education and Beyond

Regina Elmi is the co-founder and executive director of Supporting Partnerships in Education and Beyond, a nonprofit that helps mobilize community voices to disrupt systems by developing and implementing innovative methods for strong partnerships between parents, educators, community partners and organizations. Regina is also a member of the Black Community Building Collective.

Past Speaker

Marshaun Barber
Executive Director, Reclaiming Our Greatness

Marshaun Barber is the executive director at Reclaiming Our Greatness which aims to provide culturally appropriate support to communities of color who are experiencing housing and food insecurity, and who may also need assistance navigating healthcare, education, and justice systems. Marshaun is also a member of the Black Community Building Collective.


Visit Reclaiming Our Greatness website >>

The Advancing Racial Equity series creates an opportunity for the community to listen to and learn from BIPOC leaders and experts and engage in the work alongside us. 

As United Way continues on this racial equity journey, we acknowledge that there is still more work to be done. We won’t see a community where everybody thrives until we have a racially just community. Join us on this journey and at our next event.

Past Events

A Conversation with Clint Smith

We welcomed New York Times best selling writer, educator, and poet, Clint Smith to our (virtual) community for a conversation about racial equity and his book How the Word is Passed.
Read more about this event.

The Black Community Building Collective Panel 

Black leaders know their communities best. Hear from three members of the Collective in this panel discussion: Sean Goode of Choose180, Regina Elmi of Supporting Parnerships in Education and Beyond and Marshaun Barber of Reclaiming our Greatness. Read more about this event.

A Conversation with Nicole Lynn Lewis

Hear from author Nicole Lynn Lewis about her own experiences and the importance of college completion. Read more about this event.

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