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Thursday, November 7 • 4:15pm - 5:45pm
Untangling Racial Inequity with a Systems Thinking Model

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This session emphasizes the need for legal aid organizations to be leaders in fostering racial equity, focusing in particular on utilizing a systems thinking approach in understanding and beginning to untangle systemic racism. Presenters will introduce a basic systems thinking theory and selected systems thinking tools for analyzing the many interconnected parts of systems, emphasizing how these parts work together to create and perpetuate inequities and disparities based on race. The session includes examples of systems change projects that address racial inequities in housing and school discipline.


Kimberly Jones Merchant

Director of the Racial Justice Institute, Shriver Center on Poverty Law
Kimberly Jones Merchant is the director of the Racial Justice Institute (RJI) and Network at the Shriver Center on Poverty Law, where she leads and provides strategic oversight for the annual institute as well as its expanding alumni advocacy network. RJI is a national leadership... Read More →
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Rasheedah Phillips

Training & Business Development Attorney, Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law
Rasheedah Phillips recently joined the Shriver Center on Poverty Law’s Advocate Resources and Training team. Previously, she served as managing attorney of the Housing Unit at Community Legal Services of Philadelphia, where she led a right to counsel campaign resulting in the significant... Read More →

Thursday November 7, 2019 4:15pm - 5:45pm EST
Marquette B 5th Floor