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Diversity and Capstones

For NLC Houston’s final 2016 institute weekend, fellows gathered at Legacy Community Health Center. Vice President of Public Health Amy Leonard welcomed fellows to the center and shared its history of progressive programs serving marginalized communities.

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Writer Eesha Pandit led a discussion on stereotypes and implicit bias using Chimamanda Adichie’s Ted Talk, ”The Danger of a Single Story.” Next, panelists Monica Roberts, Judge Steven Kirkland, and Pastor Lura Groen spoke on a panel about privilege and using one’s privilege to affect change and work with marginalized groups. Fellows were very engaged on these topics.

One of the highlights this weekend was the capstone presentations. Over the course of the fellowship, all of the fellows developed plans for projects they hope to pursue in the future. During this last institute weekend, they shared their plans. Some fellows advocated for ventures to improve educational opportunities, financial literacy, and empower children in the neighborhoods where they grew up or work. A few are interested in enhancing a criminal justice data portal for Harris County. Others are interested in working with LGBT refugees, building bridges between Jewish and Black communities, unifying different Asian groups. One fellow is interested in creating a platform for activists to share information.

The fellows exhibited passion and desire to affect change for the betterment of society. We look forward to their future accomplishments!

Many thanks to NLC Houston Chapter Director Anne Sung and NLC Texas Expansion Director Andrea Greer for sponsoring lunch this weekend.

 
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