The Lora M. Robins Speaker Series

The Power of Narratives for Social Change

Lora M. Robins Speaker Series

Community leaders have the desire and charge to increase opportunities for families and children, yet often efforts are dampened by systemic inequities based on race, gender and economic status.  These are not issues of the past.

This year the Lora M. Robins Speaker Series will present three nationally known thought leaders who will share their perspectives on the persistence and widening of racial and class inequities in education, the workplace, and throughout society. Join us in moving from aspirational ideas to ACTION.

POSTPONED – New dates pending

Challenging Cultural Biases

Virginia Museum of History & Culture


Tim Wise

Host of the popular podcast "Speaking Out with Tim Wise"

To broaden our lens, this session will focus in on a perspective of how American politics and culture rationalize inequalities on the basis of class and race. True equal opportunity can only be achieved by disrupting the dominant narratives that have persisted throughout history to elevate certain groups while oppressing others. Join us for a candid conversation with Tim Wise, author of Under the Affluence: Shaming the Poor, Praising the Rich and Sacrificing the Future of America, as we address equity in our communities.

The Problem We All Live With

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts


Nikole Hannah-Jones

New York Times Magazine Staff Writer & Creator of The 1619 Project

Best known as the lead writer on the New York Times’ major multimedia initiative, The 1619 Project, Nikole Hannah-Jones is currently working on her first book addressing school re-segregation titled The Problem We All Live With. She has spent years chronicling the way official policy has created – and maintains – racial segregation in housing and schools. In this session, Jones will share learnings from her deeply personal reports on the black experience in America and offer a perspective for greater equity.

Creating Conditions for Equity

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden


Hugh Vasquez

Leading Equity and Diversity Educator

Join us for a workshop with one of the country’s top equity and diversity educators as we work to create change in a world that pays special attention to race, gender, socio-economic status, and other general classifications of the population. We can only transform systems when we are conscious to the current conditions of our culture as well as the history that shaped them. Get ready to move from words to action as this session both challenges and equips you to put knowledge into practice towards equity.

All sessions are 8:30 - 11:00am
Tickets: $50 per session
Student tickets: $25 per session (must be enrolled full-time)

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