On Tuesday, May 22, Sierra Health Foundation will host a session of its Speaker Series, featuring a conversation with john a. powell on race, racism and otherness. powell is an internationally recognized author and expert in the areas of civil rights and civil liberties. His work is focused on the intersection of race, institutionalized race, ethnicity, poverty and democracy.  He has written and taught extensively on racial justice, voting rights, affirmative action, concentrated poverty, decent and affordable housing, and targeted universalism.

The discussion will include solutions-based policy and advocacy approaches to systemic racism and othering – the social and political actions dismissing individuals and groups as different and therefore less worthy. powell will be joined by a panel of diverse voices to discuss advocacy and social justice in the face of historical and contemporary tactics and polices designed to displace and marginalize othered communities, and opportunities for change.

Event participants will include local elected officials and policy staff, community-based organizations and foundation partners working in the areas of justice reform, Black child mortality, affordable housing, violence prevention and healthy neighborhoods.

WHAT: Race, Racism and Otherness – A Conversation with john a. powell

WHO: john a. powell, Director, UC Berkeley’s Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society and Author, Racing to Justice: Transforming Our Conceptions of Self and Other to Build an Inclusive Society

  • CHET P. HEWITT, President and CEO, Sierra Health Foundation
  • NICHOLAS HATTEN, Executive Director, San Joaquin Pride Center
  • MORNING STAR GALI, Director, Native Justice Now
  • VIRGINIA KNOWLTON MARCUS, Director of Legal Advocacy, Disability Rights California
  • Spoken Word Artist, Sacramento Area Youth Speaks

 WHEN: May 22, 2018, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

WHERE: Sierra Health Foundation, 321 Garden Highway, Sacramento, CA 95833

DIRECTIONS AND PARKING:  From Interstate 5, exit at Garden Highway.  Turn right onto Garden Highway and left at Gateway Oaks Drive into the Sierra Health Foundation parking lot.  Reserved parking will be available for all confirmed media.

For questions:


(916) 591-1615  |  kida@sierrahealth.org

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