12:00 PM - CST

Event Information

November 24, 2020: 12:00pm – 1:30pm

Community Development in the Age of COVID and Systemic Racism

  • Christian Perry, State Director of Community Development, Illinois Criminal Justice Information, Founder, Black Millenial Renaissance

The wake of the current COVID-19 pandemic laid bare our country’s deep inequities.  Return to business as usual is not exactly feasible. The existing systems and structures must evolve.  Community development and the public health sectors no longer have to convince people that health is a byproduct of our social and physical environments.  COVID-19 has made that abundantly clear.  Likewise, recent injustices experienced in our nation have shone a light on the structural racism that leads directly to the health and economic inequities the coronavirus has exposed.  This session will take a look at the new opportunity for community development to address structural racism and bring greater focus and intention to our work.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand current infrastructure challenges for community development in relation to racism.
  2. Learn the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on further exposing systemic racism and health inequities.
  3. Identify new ways that community development can directly address racism.