PLEASE NOTE: Due to a health concern with one of the presenters this event has been canelled. A new date will be planned for late spring or early summer. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
Brown Bag Lunch & Learn: Using Community Data to Explore Issues of Racial Equity
Date: April 30, 2014
Time 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Location: Johnson Center for Philanthropy
The 2013 VoiceGR survey of the greater Grand Rapids community showed very clear disparities in income, education, healthcare, and safety based on race. The issue of racial equity is often a key concern for funders and program providers. Decision-makers need to grapple with data regarding racial disparities and decide how to ask difficult questions to gain a better understanding of community members’ needs and improve their programs. This brown bag will be a conversation between researchers and participants, encouraging participants to interpret the data for their own community roles and purposes rather than imposing an action agenda from researchers.
Topics will include:
-Racial disparities as shown in the VoiceGR survey
-Lack of racial disparities in respondents’ feelings of discrimination
-What key questions decision-makers must grapple with to address racial disparities in programming
Presenters are Dr. Jerry Johnson and Amber Erikson, MSW
Jerry Johnson, Ph.D. is the director of the Johnson Center for Philanthropy's Community Research Institute (CRI). He joined CRI as the interim research director in May 2012. Johnson came to Grand Valley in 1997 as an assistant professor, where he earned tenure and was promoted to associate professor in the School of Social Work. Prior to joining GVSU, he served as the director of adolescent services at Project Rehab in Grand Rapids and was the director at the Center for Family Development. Johnson has more than 30 years of experience in the human services as a practitioner, administrator, consultant and trainer. For more http://www.gvsu.edu/jcp/module-directory-detail.htm?siteModuleId=A277F286-AFD8-B3E6-A1C03D0F61499E52&entryId=D1584DCA-DFD7-549A-FAEC6FE4BFA84817
Amber Erickson is a Research Manager in the Johnson Center’s Community Research Institute. She is responsible for various aspects of project planning, data collection, analysis, and reporting for evaluation projects. She is the lead evaluator for the Community Family Partnership, a SAMHSA System of Care grant for Kent County. For more http://www.gvsu.edu/jcp/module-directory-detail.htm?siteModuleId=A277F286-AFD8-B3E6-A1C03D0F61499E52&entryId=D10A097B-9EEF-AB66-0A66FF416847D1B6
This event is free and open to the public. Please register in advance in order to obtain a parking pass. Participants are encouraged to bring their own lunch; coffee and tea will be provided.
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Johnson Center for Philanthropy – GVSU
The Johnson Center for Philanthropy serves nonprofits, foundations and others seeking to transform their communities for the common good, and who adapt to constantly changing community conditions.
As a university-based center, we do this through applied research, professional development, the advancement of social technologies, and innovation.