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Special Event February 16 and 17: A Conversation About Race and Resilience

This special event, sponsored by WSCC and United Peers of Washington, will be led by Dr. Raju Hedge and Carmen Pacheco-Jones WSCC Board Member and Chair of EDI Committee. It will be a 2 part series Feb 16 and 17 from 2-4 PM both days. This training is open to all, for Family and Youth Partners, Family members and Peers from the behavioral health community and the professionals who serve them.

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Dismantling systemic racism requires individual reflection, personal and professional growth, as well as institutional change. This four-hour training introduces two perspectives on race equity.
  • First, participants explore the formation and status of racial identities engaging in dialogue around Building Cultures of Equity, Socialization and Internalizations and How Power Works to better understand how race shapes our beliefs and influences biased behavior.
  • Second, participants examine components of structural racism and racial identity that shape organizational policies and practices that contribute to disparate outcomes for BIPOC communities through learning Harm Reduction and Repair, Policy Change and Providing Collective Care.

Dr. Raju Hegde is a consultant in strategic planning, equity and policy development, working with organizations to shape learning and leadership development strategies to act on critical equity issues. As a faculty member and dean in higher education Dr. Hedge saw firsthand the impact of systemic racism. Dr. Hegde focused on developmental (remedial) education, the epicenter of inequity in higher education. His understanding of structurally discriminatory practices allowed him to build partnerships with school districts, social service organizations, and the criminal justice system to improve access and success for people disenfranchised from higher education.

In addition to equity and inclusion, his areas of expertise include leadership and team development, program development and evaluation, organizational learning and change.  Dr. Hegde serves on the board for the Northwest Fair Housing Alliance, Spokane Neighborhood Action Partners (SNAP), and is engaged with the Spokane Regional Health District and Washington State Department of Health where he serves committees focused on equity and inclusion. He earned a Doctorate in Organizational Change and Leadership from the University of Southern California, a Master’s in Curriculum, Instruction, and Technology in Education from Temple University (Philadelphia), as well as bachelor’s degrees in Mathematics and Theater from Knox College.

Carmen Pacheco Jones is an African American Health Initiative Specialist, formerly Mental Health Promotion and Suicide Prevention Coordinator with Washington State University, State Certified Trainer in Diversity and Social Cognition, Certified Forensic Peer Counselor, Community Health Worker, and Whitworth graduate and Masters Candidate in Education with Gonzaga University.

Carmen is a Spokane Regional Law and Justice Council member, and in that capacity she is Chair of the council’s Racial Equity Committee. Carmen also serves as a board member of Spokane Neighborhood Action Partners, Northwest Justice Project, Lumen High School/Early Education Center. Carmen also serves on the Department of Health Community Health Worker Task Force, Legal Foundation of Washington Race Equity Grants, Spokane Legislative Lead for EJI and Gonzaga University Civil/Community Advisory Committee. As a formerly incarcerated individual Carmen is dedicated in her work to transform the criminal legal system to create equity and justice for all who are impacted.

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