It was a most incredible day listening to Professor John Powell at the seminar, “Transforming Systems: Achieving Social Equity”. He is an internationally known expert in the areas of civil rights and civil liberties and issues including race, structural racism, ethnicity, housing, poverty, and democracy.
The committee composed of members of the Nonprofit Alliance of Monterey County went above and beyond to book this gentleman months in advance. He is in demand for the unique way he has of explaining societies social inequities and strategies to work through them.
It was held from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. with a fantastic lunch in between, and a breakfast beforehand. We sat at tables, but on breaks we were asked to sit with other folks to get to know other people and their opinions.
Professor Powell is not only a Professor of Law and African American Studies and Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, he holds the Robert D. Haas Chancellor’s Chair in Equity and Inclusion.
He has authored many papers and books, the most recent, Racing to Justice: Transforming Our Concepts of Self and Other to Build an Inclusive Society.
There were amazing eye openers from statistics about demographic projections up to the year 2060.