Connect (Virtually): 20 Summer Learning Events

By Liz Hensler

Due to COVID-19, almost all events have been moved to a virtual space. Luckily for us, this means anyone can join from almost anywhere in the world. Here is a round up of a few upcoming opportunities to engage with organizations and different topics:

Our Voices. Our Votes. Our Time.
Host: Black Theatre United
What?: Black Theatre United is thrilled to announce our next Virtual Town Hall, “Our Voices. Our Votes. Our Time”. This FREE event will take place on Friday July 24th at 7pmET/ 4pm PT. Our featured guests will be Leader Stacey Abrams, Founder of Fair Fight & Fair Count, and Dr. Jeanine Abrams McLean Vice President of Fair Count. This conversation will be moderated by Tony, Emmy and Oscar Award winning Actor, Activist and BTU member Viola Davis.
When?: Friday, July 24, 7:00-10:00 PM EDT

Anti-Racism & Awaiting Imam Mahdi – A Multi Part Series on Anti-Racism for Muslim Communities
Hosts: Shia Anti-Racism Initiative, Yaseen and SMC
What?: Guest Speakers Sister Margari Aziza Hill, Muslim Anti-Racism collaboration and Hajj Ebraheem Fontaine in part one of the series: Defining Terms – What Actually is Racism?
When?: Saturday, July 25, 10:00-11:00 PM EDT

A Global Conversation on the Impact of COVID19 on Girls’ Lives
Host: Girl Rising
What?: Girl Rising Youth Task Force members will converse with and ask questions of country representatives from India, Guatemala and Kenya in order to help us all understand the girl dimension to the school closures taking place all over the world. The discussion will explore what is the reality for girls, what have local responses been, what is missing in those responses and what is Girl Rising specifically doing to address these issues.
When?: Tuesday, July 28th, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM EDT

Tools for Anti-Racist Teaching: Amplify Student Voice
Host: PBS Education
What?: How can media be used as a tool to share messaging, ignite action, and change perspectives for your students? In the third episode of Virtual Professional Learning Series, Tools for Anti-Racist Teaching, middle and high school students will take center stage. While focusing on student voice, this learning event will explore ways in which educators can use media to support and amplify their students in their own anti-racist learning journeys.
When?: Tuesday, July 28, 12:00-1:00 PM EDT

Save Lives, Don’t Take Them: Remove the NYPD From Mental Health Emergencies
Host: NAMI NYC Public Education Events
What?: Join NAMI NYC and the Police Reform Organizing Project (PROP) for a panel discussion via Zoom on July 28, as we analyze the problems with our current mental health crisis response system and discuss potential solutions. Our goal is to examine the role of police and to envision crisis responses that help New Yorkers, rather than punishing them.
When?: Tuesday, July 28, 7:00-8:30 PM EDT

Race and Law in the Time of COVID-19
Host: Centre for the Study of Colonialism, Empire and International Law
What?: An intergenerational, transnational academic virtual event on race, law and the global pandemic, discussing the potential for radical change – We ask: what law’s got to do with this, both as an imperial tool of racial discrimination and as a platform potentially open to new forms of radical subversion?
When?: Wednesday, July 29, 11:00-1:00 PM EDT

Constitution Series: Equality and Justice for All
Host: Sandra Day O’Connor Institute
What?: Part of an on-going series – this installment features Dr. Spencer Crew from the National Museum of African American History & Culture exploring questions of equality and justice
When?: Wednesday, July 29, 4:00-5:00 PM EDT

Unsettling Webinar 1: With Dr. Pam Palmater
Hosts: Team of Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Concordia University and wider Montreal community members
What?: Dr. Pam Palmater will be speaking about the long history of police racism in Canada and will give over some time to take any participant questions regarding tangible actions Un-settlers can take in addressing systemic racism.
When?: Wednesday, July 29, 7:00-8:30 PM EDT

Learning Transformative Justice in South Asian Spaces
Host: Equality Labs
What?: From #MeToo to the national call to defund and abolish the police, people across the world are engaging with new ways of addressing and confronting oppressions on all levels and centering accountability and healing. Join Equality Labs for a learning and listening session with South Asian and Asian American feminists on the power of transformative justice – to lean into practicing alternative justice which acknowledges individual experiences to actively resist the state’s criminal injustice system.
When?: Thursday, July 30, 7:00 PM EDT

Serving Justice: LGBTQ Rights Now & Forever
Host: Stonewall Community Foundation
What?: At this panel, our guests will discuss current legal and political battles facing queer and trans Americans as we look to the future. We will explore not only the ramifications of legal decisions over the past several months, but the work of organizers on the ground to advance social, racial, and economic justice for LGBTQ Americans now and in the future.
When?: Thursday, July 30, 8:00-9:00 PM EDT

From Ally to Co-Conspirator: BLM Solidarity in Latinx, API, and White Communities
Host: UCSF Preterm Birth Initiative
What?: This panel event will cover – The difference between “Ally” and “Co-Conspirator” and its history in the United States; How anti-Blackness has manifested in non-Black POC communities throughout history and in the present moment; What true solidarity with Black Lives Matter looks like; How centering Blackness improves health equity across all races
When?: Thursday, July 30, 8:00-9:30 PM EDT


The Artistry of Black Organizing in the 21st Century
Host: Haymarket Books
What?: This event with Atlanta-based speakers and organizers Mary Hooks, Monica Simpson, Toni-Michelle Williams, and Tiffany Lethabo King will focus on the questions – Why is this organizing work important? How is it beautiful/artful? How do we elevate/celebrate it? How do we invite people into this beautiful work?
When?: Tuesday, August 4th, 5:00-6:30 PM EDT

Indigenous Solidarity, Feminist Summer School
Hosts: Platform and Girls Action
Feminist Summer School aims to increase young women and gender-diverse youth’s ability to practice intersectional, anti-oppressive leadership. In this workshop we will learn about how we can stand in solidarity with Indigenous peoples and challenge colonialism. This workshop will be presented by a member of the Shanese Steele.
When?: Tuesday, August 4, 5:00-7:00 PM EDT

Harnessing an Enabling Environment for Women’s Economic Empowerment Post-Pandemic
Hosts: Devex & Atlas Network
What?: This online event that will discuss the need to support more local solutions for women’s economic empowerment, build on-the-ground accountability mechanisms to help drive impact, as well as better ways to measure success in order to build a more inclusive approach to grant making for women’s economic empowerment programs.
When?: Wednesday, August 5, 12:00 PM EDT

Medical Apartheid Revisited: Pandemic, Politics, and Priorities
Host: Vanderbilt Divinity School Public Theology and Racial Justice Collaborative
What?: Free three day conference exploring questions around “What are the ethical implications for racialized minorities experiencing disproportionately higher rates of death from this pandemic?”; Keynote Speaker Harriet A. Washington, author of Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present
When?: August 5-7

Calling BS: How to Spot Data Misinformation with Professor Jevin West
Host: KQED Public Broadcasting
What?: “Big data” in healthcare, education and the economy influences policies that affect billions. Most of us are woefully unprepared to spot accurate information amid the flood of misinformation and propaganda shared on channels like social media. In this webinar with Jevin West and KQED, you’ll learn to spot misinformation in charts, graphs and other data visualization, and hear about West’s work with students to navigate our data-driven world.
When?: Tuesday, August 11, 6:00-7:00 PM EDT

Kids, Race and Racism: Where to Start
Host: SPARK Kindness
What?: A Q&A discussion with antiracist educator and parent Melissa Patrick, MSW. For parents and caregivers who are curious about how to talk to their kids about race and racism.
When?: Tuesday, August 11, 7:00-8:00 PM

Webcast: Recent Developments in LGBTQ+ Employee Rights
Host: Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta

What?: The Supreme Court recently provided clarification on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and nonbinary employee rights in the decision Bostock v. Clayton County. This webcast will talk about: What rights are recognized for LGBTQ+ employees after the Supreme Court’s decision; How your organizational policies and forms should be updated; Bathroom access, dress code and benefits; and Recommendations for communication and education within your organization.
When?: Wednesday, August 19, 10:00-11:00 AM EDT

Mental Health in the LGBTQ+ Community
Host: We Exist
What?: This presentation will discuss mental health and harassment through the lens of LGBTQ+ identities and experiences. At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to: Understand the impact that harassment, and hate crimes have on the LGBTQ+ community; Recognize mental health disparities affecting LGBTQ+ individuals; Apply protective factors and alternatives to 911 for LGBTQ+ safety concerns
When?: Wednesday, August 19, 2:00-3:00 PM EDT


Nicholas Kristof: A Ray of Hope in a Grim Time
Host: Jews United for Democracy and Justice and Community Advocates
Nicholas Kristof will talk about the challenges of working-class rural America and describe the failed government policies over the last half century which has created the disunity existing in America today. He will share not only the nature of the divide, but also will share his hopes for the change and healing needed to re-unify the county.
When?: Wednesday, September 23, 8:00-9:00 PM EDT

Suggestions for events? Let us know in the comments!

Liz Hensler, MPA (she/her/hers) is the founder of Do Good, Better. She works in philanthropy in the humanitarian aid sector and has a background in NGO program management, corporate and community engagement, volunteer management, and communications. She is based in Brooklyn, NY.

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