Examples of achieved action plans by WPCR participants
Researched local redlining maps and created an app to lay them over Google maps, so local people can see how their home was characterized by the FHA.
Changed the way he advertised intern positions and has recruited a number of young black people he is mentoring in computer engineering.
Obtained funding, as a neuroscientist at BU, to conduct fMRI brain imaging studies to ascertain whether chronic experiences of racism change the physical structure of the brain.
Partnered with the children’s librarian to create and showcase a book list of age-appropriate readings, from the joy of diversity (pre-school) to the civil rights movement (mid/h.s).
Is producing a podcast that interprets current events through the lens of systemic racism.
Brought a speaker to the local hospital where he is a doctor, to talk about health disparities.
Researched the historical character he plays at the Boston Tea Party Ship Museum; found that he owned slaves; now talks about this daily and shares the poetry of Phillis Wheatley.
Formed a group to study issues of race and housing, and pressured the city to make more affordable housing available.
Co-facilitated a Boston “Citywide Dialogue on Race & Ethnicity” series, and is a member of the Legislative Commission on Health Disparities sub-committee on the social context of racial & ethnic minority health disparities.
Led a discussion at the executive search (headhunting) company where he works about the need to take more deliberate steps to recruit candidates of color, and put together a manual with steps to take, plus organizations to help in their searches.
Talked with the head of his division at Houghton Mifflin and the Human Resources person in charge of diversity about the disproportionate whiteness of the division, why it should be changed, suggestions for changing it; is now building connections with people to build momentum for this work.
Clearly points out examples in history of racism; is clear with the students he teaches that racism is a system of privilege based on race that white people created and benefit from.
Co-led an anti-oppression retreat for Tekiah, a local Jewish active group and joined a local group that brings young Black and Jewish organizers together in Boston.
Coordinated the Youth Leadership Initiative and Youth/Police dialogues programs; became Racial Justice Program Manager of the YWBoston.
Advocated successfully, as a board member, for the Cambridge Center for Adult Education to highlight African American aspects of its history on its website ccae.org/history.
Started a white allies program (she is administrator of a large Boston Pubic high school) to confront conscious and unconscious racists acts and beliefs of white staff toward students of color
Led a semester-long creative writing course at U. Mass OLNI program, for older women, focusing on colonialism, oppression of Native people, oppression of immigrants, sexism, etc.
Founded the Race & Christian Community Initiative at the Emmanuel Gospel Center to provide anti-racism education to White Evangelicals. www.egc.org/race.