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Perfectly Imperfect: White People and Racial Justice
Community Arts Center
Cambridge , MA
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Perfectly Imperfect: White People and Racial Justice
Community Change, Inc. and the Community Art Center present:
Perfectly Imperfect: White People and Racial Justice
Moderator: Myrna Morles
Speakers: Patti DeRosa, Paul Marcus and Fran Smith

Thursday, June 27, 2019
Doors Open at 6:30
Program 7:00-8:30
8:30-10:00 Music and refreshments

Patti DeRosa is the president and founder of ChangeWorks Consulting, focusing on anti-racism, white identity, social justice, equity-centered leadership, and organizational change. She has over 30 years experience as an educator, activist, and consultant working with a wide variety of groups and organizations in the public and private sectors including educational institutions, healthcare and human services, businesses, community organizations, and governmental agencies. Patti is also a performing singer-songwriter-guitarist. Her experiences as a white Italian-American woman born and raised in New York in the 1960s and 70s, and living in Boston for 35 years, profoundly shaped her understanding of and commitment to racial justice. She currently lives in Florence, Italy, loving the land, language, and culture of her ancestral heritage and expanding her understanding of white supremacy with a global lens.

Paul Marcus is a white anti-racist activist, educator and consultant. A biology teacher for sixteen years and former director of CCI, Paul combined science with concern for anti-racism and multicultural education in independent schools. He has had extensive experience planning and conducting workshops and training for a wide variety of non-profit and corporate clients. Together with organizers and educators from all across the country, he works to understand and challenge the role white people play in perpetuating and maintaining white supremacy, racism and white privilege.
He taught the History of Racism in the United States of America at Boston College for many years. A master teacher for the Critical Skills/Education by Design program at Antioch New England Graduate School, Paul trains teachers to develop a collaborative learning community methodology.

Fran Smith is a community organizer, a nonprofit manager and a facilitative leader for racial justice. She began her work as a pro-school desegregation student organizer in the 70s in Boston. Since that time she has worked in the nonprofit and public sector. During the 80s she led community based youth development projects using media, popular culture, and peer leadership development to help youth identify and navigate racism and gain skills that enabled them to achieve their aspirations. In the 90s Fran worked on local and national education reform projects promoting equity, excellence and parent involvement in urban school districts. For the last decade she has worked as a resource development specialist and coordinated two city wide educational initiatives. Fran was awarded a Community Fellowship from Tufts University where she obtained her Master of Public Policy. Currently she is an organizer with Community Change, Inc.. She is committed to helping white people decolonize their hearts and minds from white supremacy.


Community Arts Center (View)
119 Windsor #6
Cambridge , MA 02139
United States



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