BUILD would like to highlight these especially relevant resources from Leanin.org:
Working at the intersection: What Black women are up against
The State of Black Women in Corporate America
The above links, and many others, are also part of our Resources page.
BUILD’s Professional Development & Leadership Support Subcommittee is over-joyed to release our first Leader Spotlight Interview with our own BUILD Chair Megan Matthews!
Edwina Martin- Arnold– Build Co-Chair,–office of Chief Equity and Inclusion at DSHS. Under the secretary Author. Entrepreneur, has worked with both County and State Gov.
Interview Questions for Edwina Martin Arnold – BUILD Co—Chair
1. Where did you start in state government? ‘I’ve worked in state government for most of my life. I started just after receiving my law degree in 1991 and have worked at many different agencies over the years. Currently I am with DSHS as the Chief Officer of the Equity and Inclusion Department.
The purpose of this funding is to help address emergent victim service needs in the Black community.
Eligible applicants are non-profit or governmental organizations that are by and for the Black community. This means that the organization must have a primary mission and history of serving the Black community and must be culturally based, directed, and substantially controlled (led) by the Black community. This could include faith-based non-profits such as churches or mosques.
For more information, visit the OCVA Grants and Funding website.
Washington State Commission on African American Affairs next public meeting:
Friday, September 25, 2020 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Join us from 2-3 PM on Thursday, October 15th, 2020, for the virtual VR 100th Anniversary Program: Celebrating a Century of Transforming Lives! Hosted by Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, Department of Services for the Blind, Tribal Vocational Rehabilitation, and other affiliated VR programs and educational institutions, this program will celebrate 100 years of the public Vocational Rehabilitation program in the U.S.
Thank you to the 104 people who attended our virtual August General Membership Meeting! This was again our largest meeting (outside of special events) to date! We are so excited that BUILD continues to grow during these challenging times.
We are planning to hold our September General Membership Meeting on Thursday, September 17th, from 9:00am to 12:00pm, 100% virtually again through Zoom Business.
You can get involved now by joining a subcommittee! We have several. You can find information about the purpose and goals of each, and who to contact for more information here.
If you have any questions, concerns, or feedback, or if you need an accommodation to fully participate in our meetings or events, email us at BUILD@ofm.wa.gov.
“Reopen Schools Rally”Notice of un-permitted activity in the Olympia area: Public march, “Back the Blue/#SavetheChildren” rally, “Black Lives Matter” march,
The African American Studies Institute at PGCC presents: Black Culture Matters : A virtual lecture-discussion series.
Black Culture Matters is a series hosted by the African American Studies Institute (AASI) at Prince George's Community College, revolving around this year’s theme: Resisting De-humanization through the Humanities.
A virtual play celebrating the unsung heroes of suffrage.
They were tireless organizers. Tenacious fighters. And political geniuses. They were Black and Latinx. Indigenous and immigrant. Together they won women the right to vote and laid the cornerstone for gender equality in the United States. Yet their stories have rarely been told. Until now.
This Tuesday we give voice to these heroes of the suffrage movement. Be there for the premiere of this innovative new performance, and learn why their fight is far from over.
Facebook University (FBU) Gear Up which is an internship program for students (HS Seniors & College Freshman) from, but not limited to Latinx, Black, Native backgrounds!
Blacks United in Leadership and Diversity (BUILD) invites you to our Virtual August General Membership Meeting on Thursday, August 20th from 9:00 to 12:00pm! If you cannot attend the full session, please join us as you are able and where you will most benefit and contribute.
Please join BUILD on Thursday, October 15, 2020 from 9 am – 12 noon for an inspiring virtual commemoration of our successful first year.
This event includes our October General Membership Meeting.
MORE INFO ON OUR EVENTS PAGE
Now more than ever is the time to link arms together with like-minded colleagues, allies and supporters to celebrate BUILD’s accomplishments, affirm our purpose and determine our path forward as transformational change agents seeking equity, justice and opportunity for people of color within state government and the greater Washington community at large.
Mark your calendars now for BUILD’s First Annual “BLACKTOBERFEST”. See you there!
Amplifying Black Voices: The third Black President of the United States, a story of Black women in academia.
This series is a platform for black authors to share personal accounts about their life experiences in research and academia, as well as reflect on the Black Lives Matter movement, the current state of affairs and where we go from here.
The Washington State Broadband Office and state Public Works Board has launched a comprehensive mapping initiative to identify gaps in high-speed internet service and areas of broadband infrastructure needs. This is part of the state's effort to ensure universal broadband access in Washington by 2024.
Noise Demonstration event, “A March for Justice”, “People’s Assembly: Voices United for Black Lives” gathering
An opportunity provided through the Washington State Department of Commerce:An opportunity provided through the Washington State Department of Commerce...
Tuesday, August 25 1 - 3 p.m. (Central Time)
Hosted by The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics with Honorary Host The Congressional Black Caucus Health Braintrust Rep. Robin Kelly (Ill.), chair...
Please Join BUILD in wishing the distinguished Poet-Laureate-Civil Rights Champion, James Baldwin, Happy Birthday!
The Washington State Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council hosted a learning session on how to be an effective accomplice or ally. BUILD’s Chair, Megan Matthews, was a panelist!
Watch the pre-recorded, 24-minute session.
"Each one teach one!" Although the author is unknown, the message resonates as loud today as it did the first time those words were spoken. As a Black American proverb originating during slavery and founded on the transfer of knowledge between black individuals who were denied formal learning opportunities, these four words' power is magnificent! Its message is clear. As black people, we are teachers, passionate learners, and leaders.
The Truth is Inside Out rally, Stop the Insanity in Olympia rally/protest, Riot Control (BLM march/rally).
Created July 2020 by Theresa Slusher, Housing Stability Manager, DSHS, ESA.
Read the Washington Low Income Housing Alliance June Report.
J. R. Lewis, known to many of his constituents in Congress as John and to his innermost circle of childhood family and friends as Robert, was a scholarly, articulate, humble, and self-described God-fearing man who believed in equality, liberty and justice for all. He could be counted on to support and show up for any worthy cause. Regardless of how busy he was, he always had time for matters pertaining to social and economic justice, and equality – especially when these issues pertained to African American communities across America.
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