AAC Promising Practices Webinar: Jettisoning the Belief in the Human Hierar...

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Join National Civic League on Monday, October 16th 10:00 am PST / 11:00 am MST / 12:00 pm CST / 1:00 pm EST to learn more about the W.K. Kellogg Foundation's Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation initiaitve's goal of jettisoning the belief in a hierarchy of human value. Also, learn about the newly released 2018 All-America City application with a spotlight on promoting equity through inclusive civic engagement.

The Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) enterprise of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation is a comprehensive, national and community-based process to plan for and bring about transformational and sustainable change in our society, and to address the historic and contemporary effects of racism by unearthing and jettisoning the deeply held, and often unconscious, belief in a hierarchy of human value based on physical characteristics such as skin color and facial characteristics. People experience the effects of this hierarchy in their everyday lives—when they take their children to school, when they apply for jobs, when they try to rent or buy a home, when they shop, when they interact with the police and more.

In this webinar Michael Wenger, a consultant to the TRHT enterprise, will:

  • Examine the effects of racism in the social, economic and government policies all around us and in the places in which we live, learn, work and play,
  • Discuss the origins and background of the TRHT,
  • Share the vision of the TRHT for the future of our society and the strategies it is utilizing to achieve this vision, and
  • Explore what we must do—individually and collectively—to make this vision a reality.


Michael R. Wenger

Faculty Member, Department of Sociology, The George Washington University

Senior Consultant on Race Relations and the Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation enterprise for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Senior Fellow, Office of Diversity, Equity, and Student Success, Association of American Colleges & Universities

Michael R. Wenger is an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Sociology at The George Washington University, a senior consultant on race relations with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and a senior fellow at the Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U).

From October, 1998 to August, 2014 Mr. Wenger served at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, the nation's pre-eminent research and public policy analysis institution focused on issues of race. At the Joint Center he was the founder and Director of NABRE (Network of Alliances Bridging Race and Ethnicity), which linked community-based race relations/racial justice organizations across the country in order to facilitate communication and collaboration. Also, during his tenure at the Joint Center Mr. Wenger was a Senior Fellow, Acting Vice President for Governance and Economic Analysis, Acting Vice President for Communications, and an Editorial Consultant.

From September, 1997 to October, 1998, Mr. Wenger was Deputy Director for Outreach and Program Development for President Clinton's Initiative on Race. He was responsible for the development and implementation of programs designed to broaden public support for President Clinton's vision of One America in the 21st Century--a more just, inclusive and unified America that offers opportunity and fairness for all Americans. During his tenure at the President’s Initiative, he served as a judge for the All-America City awards program of the National Civic League.

Prior to joining the Clinton Administration, Mr. Wenger was States’ Washington Representative for the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) for 16+ years. In that capacity he represented the Governors of the 13 Appalachian states on policy matters related to the economic development work of the ARC.

From 1967 to 1981, Mr. Wenger held several key policy-making positions in West Virginia, including Executive Director for the Raleigh County Community Action Association and Commissioner of the WV Department of Employment Security.

He currently is a member of the National Advisory Committee for the National Collaborative for Health Equity and of the Board of Directors for the League of Black Women and a co-founder of the Within Our Lifetime network, an alliance of organizations across the country dedicated to ending racism within our lifetimes. He is a winner of the Bender Teaching Award for Adjunct Faculty at The George Washington University, a frequent speaker on race relations, and the author of his memoir, My Black Family, My White Privilege: A White Man’s Journey Through the Nation’s Racial Minefield, and of numerous articles and reports on race relations.

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All-America City Promising Practices Series

National Civic League is hosting a series of "AAC Promising Practices" webinars to share innovative and impactful AAC projects nationwide. This series will also highlight successful projects around the country with speakers from cities implementing creative strategies for civic engagement. By equipping individuals, institutions, and local governmental bodies through this series with ideas, models and insights that can be adopted/adapted to individual communities NCL hopes to accelerate the pace of change in communities across the country.

All-America City Award

2018 All-America City Application

The All-America City Experience

The All-America City Promising Practices webinars are made possible with support from Southwest Airlines, the official airline of the All-America City Awards.

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