Texas CASA is excited to launch the Distinguished Speakers Series, a new, advocacy-focused learning opportunity for the CASA network and other community partners involved in the child welfare system. The multi-part series will feature high-caliber speakers sharing their expertise on topics and issues impacting the child welfare system and how we can all enhance our advocacy for children and families involved in the system.

Episode 4: Prof. Ibram X. Kendi

Ibram X. Kendi closed out the Distinguished Speaker Series with a powerful and engaging conversation with Texas CASA CEO Vicki Spriggs. Professor Kendi is a national award-winning author and his recent book How to Be an Antiracist is a New York Times #1 Bestseller. Purchase his book or learn more about Professor Kendi and his work.

The recording for Professor Kendi’s episode will only be available until noon on Dec. 3. A password is required to view and was sent out to all registered participants. Please contact us at communications@texascasa.org to request the password.

Ibram X. Kendi is the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Boston University, and the founding director of the BU Center for Antiracist Research. He is a contributing writer at The Atlantic and a CBS News racial justice contributor. Professor Kendi is the 2020-2021 Frances B. Cashin Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University.

He is the author of many books including Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, which won the National Book Award for Nonfiction, making him the youngest ever winner of that award. He also authored three #1 New York Times bestsellers, How to Be an Antiracist; Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You, co-authored with Jason Reynolds; and Antiracist Baby, illustrated by Ashley Lukashevsky. His newest books are Be Antiracist: A Journal for Awareness, Reflection, and Action; and Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America, co-edited with Keisha Blain, which will be out in February. In 2020, Time magazine named Professor Kendi one of the 100 most influential people in the world.

Episode 3: Kevin Campbell

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Kevin Campbell is an internationally known youth permanency expert, founder of the Center for Family Finding and Youth Connectedness and developer of the Family Finding model, a set of strategies now utilized throughout the world to establish lifelong supports for children and youth in foster care. Prior to developing Family Finding, Campbell was an administrator, director and vice president in the social service sector for more than 28 years. Campbell continues to develop strategies to address the epidemic levels of loneliness that youth in foster care experience, and is a renowned motivational, inspirational speaker and story teller.

Following the premiere of the episode, Kevin joined us for a live Q&A. You can watch the recording by clicking the button below.

Episode 2: Riki Wilchins

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Riki Wilchins is Executive Director of TrueChild, a network of researchers and experts devoted to helping improve life outcomes among at-risk youth by reconnecting race, class, and gender. Riki has trained such agencies as the White House, CDC, Office on Women’s Health, and Office of Adolescent Health; funder networks like the Association of Black Foundation Executives (ABFE), Hispanics in Philanthropy (HIP), and Women’s Funding Network; and the Chicago, DC, LA, San Diego, Stamford, and East San Jose public schools. Her writing on gender norms and philanthropy has been published by the Council on Foundations, GrantCraft, GuideStar, and the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP). Riki’s work has been profiled in The New York Times. TIME selected her one of its “100 Civic Innovators for the 21st Century.” The author of six books on gender theory and politics, Riki’s newest book for funders and nonprofits is titled, “Gender Norms & Intersectionality: Connecting Race, Class and Gender.”

Following the premiere of the episode, Riki joined us for a live Q&A. You can watch the recording by clicking the button below.

Episode 1: Dr. Jessica Pryce, Ph.D., MSW

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Following the premiere of the episode, Dr. Pryce joined us for a live Q&A. You can watch the recording by clicking the button below.

Dr. Jessica A. Pryce is an Assistant Professor at Florida State University and currently the Executive Director of the Florida Institute for Child Welfare. For the past 10 years, Dr. Pryce has been involved at multiple angles of child welfare (direct practice, teaching + training & policy and research). She has published on child welfare related topics, such as, training and education, racial disparity and anti-poverty practices. She has presented her research at 50+ conferences both nationally and internationally. Her TED Talk on Implicit Racial Bias in Decision Making has since been viewed over 1.2 million times. Dr. Pryce has worked on the frontlines of child welfare, conducted primary research, and taught graduate level courses in child welfare.

“To the public, what happens in our foster care system is often hidden, untraceable.
It’s hidden behind the mandate to protect children and is untraceable because the conduit is implicit bias fueled by systemic racism.”

– Dr. Jessica Pryce

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