Too often, definitions of white supremacy are limited to visceral association to the KKK and neo-Nazis. But white supremacy is far more complex. Pollen’s Unraveled Network series has been asking white-led organizations to peel back their bias and fragility to dissect how institutional racism and white supremacy are barriers to equitable network building and community engagement.
We want to bring your voice to the conversation and examine how white supremacy acts as a system of power that influences everything from leadership to organizational culture and even day-to-day operations. What are we doing to perpetuate a culture of whiteness? How can we radically change to build more equitable work environments?
In deep partnership with Twin Cities Daily Planet, we’re kicking off this month-long focus that will push critical culture conversations about power, white saviorism, white supremacy and paternalism to the forefront. Going beyond just a one-time event, this series will be a two-part engagement with online reading between events to encourage revelatory conversations and real action.
On May 11, co-moderators Jamie Millard and Adaobi Okolue brought together a group of industry leaders and equity experts whose in-depth work and personal experiences have led to transformed company cultures in a variety of sectors. The event provided attendees a space to listen, absorb, and ask questions.
Part II turns the tables to the audience to share their stories, offer solutions, and tip conversation into action. Throughout the event there will be facilitated discussions and extensive engagement building from the previous event and online readings.
The audio recording of the panel discussion from Part I will be made available to attendees before the event, along with an online reading syllabus to prepare for the conversation.
8:00-8:30 AM – Registration, Breakfast & Networking
8:30-10:30 AM – Program
We strongly encourage attendees to listen to the audio recording of Part I, learn more from the additional online reading, and come prepared to dive deeper into conversation and generate solutions with community members.
There is a free parking lot on the west side of the Minneapolis American Indian Center building, as well as free street parking in the neighborhood. The Minneapolis American Indian Center is serviced by the #2 bus and the Blue Line. You can plan and map out your commute using metrotransit.org.
Co-presented by Twin Cities Daily Planet
The Twin Cities Daily Planet is an award-winning, professionally-edited online publication that amplifies and connects marginalized voices. The Daily Planet is a media arts project of the Twin Cities Media Alliance, a nonprofit organization dedicated to equipping individuals and organizations with the power of media arts to shape narratives that advance equity and justice.
About Unraveled Network
If there’s one thing Pollenites know how to do, it’s how to nurture a thriving ecosystem of relationships, connections, and collaborative circles. Unraveled Network is an ongoing series hosted by Pollen that aims to better understand our inner habits and intentional actions that determine how diverse, robust, or ineffective our networks really are.