IMPACT Racial Equity Forum 2021

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Date: 06/09/2021 - 06/10/2021

Time: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Since its inception, ACT for Alexandria has been committed to strengthening and supporting the nonprofit sector. One way we do this is through our annual IMPACT Forum. IMPACT convenes board, business, City, community, and philanthropic leaders to discuss innovations in philanthropy and strategies for building the capacity of nonprofit organizations and individuals to make a lasting impact in the community. In 2019, ACT began a community conversation about racial equity through the Forum, and we look forward to continuing the conversation and action through this year’s IMPACT Racial Equity Forum.


  • Nonprofit leaders
  • Board members
  • Business leaders
  • Government & school leaders
  • Community members


Featured Guests

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Keynote Speaker

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Alexandria Black History Museum

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City of Alexandria Race & Social Equity Office

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Brighter Strategies

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Cultural and Narrative Strategist

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Four Directions Wellness

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ACT for Alexandria

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University of Mary Washington

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ACT for Alexandria

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Command Sergeant Major U.S. Army, Retired

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Office of Historic Alexandria


June 9th


Thank you for joining us for our Racial Equity Forum. ACT believes the diversity of our community is one of Alexandria’s greatest assets. As Alexandria’s community foundation, the vision of a vibrant community is core to our work. In order to move this vision forward, we want to learn more about the history of our city, how we can help move individuals and families out of poverty, how we can operationalize diversity, equity, and inclusion, and how we can change the narrative about poverty through our storytelling. Thank you for being on this learning journey with us. We look forward to our times of reflection and discussion to learn from one another and collectively work towards a more equitable Alexandria.

Thank you to our IMPACT Steering Committee members for helping to develop the Forum:

Lizzette Arias, Jackie Didio, Eugene Kim, Whitney Parnell, and Jaqueline Tucker

Thank you for sharing the songs that are inspiring you for our IMPACT Spotify playlist.

ACT IMPACT 2021 Playlist


All Alexandria – Our Past, Present & Future

Our journey will begin with a session walking through Alexandria’s past, present, and future related to race, racism, and immigration and conclude with an aspirational vision for All Alexandria and a panel of city residents sharing their experiences and how it ties into a more equitable community.

This session will provide important local context to prepare us for the future work we will be doing together as a community.


  • Audrey P. Davis, Director of the Alexandria Black History Museum
  • Dr. Daniel Lee, Historian, Office of Historic Alexandria
  • Dr. Krystyn R. Moon, Professor of History & American Studies, University of Mary Washington
  • Jaqueline Tucker, Race & Social Equity Officer, City of Alexandria
  • Community Leaders – Ms. Angy Alvarado, Mr. Tesfaye Amberber, and Mr. Andrew Winfree


Immigrant Alexandria: Past, Present and Future | City of Alexandria, VA (

From Arlandria to Chirilagua: The Shifting Demographics of a Northern Virginia Neighborhood – The Metropole

Immigrant Alexandria | Immigrant Alexandria: A UMW History Project

Collections at the Alexandria Black History Museum | City of Alexandria, VA (

Subject Index of Oral History Transcriptions | City of Alexandria, VA (

ALL Alexandria – Achieving Racial and Social Equity | City of Alexandria, VA (

All Alexandria Resolution Annotations

Racial Equity 30 Day Challenge


Led by Catherine Miller, Four Directions Wellness

Join us for a time of meditation and mindfulness.



Presented by: Nisha G. Patel, Powered by Shakti

What Would It Take to Dramatically Increase Mobility from Poverty? -Nisha G. Patel is a national expert on social and economic mobility and philanthropy in the United States. Her remarks will explore the holistic definition of mobility developed by Nisha and her colleagues at the U.S. Partnership on Mobility from Poverty, including economic success, power and autonomy, and being valued in the community. In addition to describing “the what” in terms of the Partnership’s recommended strategies around narrative, jobs, place, people, and data, the conversation will also lift up “how” the Partnership went about its work to both explore traditional research evidence and center diverse voices of people experiencing poverty from across the country in urban, suburban, rural, and tribal communities.


The Babies in the River: Creating Equitable Safety Nets and Springboards to Opportunity | Social Policy Institute | Washington University in St. Louis (

Restoring the American Dream | The US Partnership on Mobility from Poverty (


Join us for a time of personal and group reflection on the pre-conference session and keynote address.

June 10th


Day 2 of the Forum will kick off with a recap and reflections from Day 1. Catherine Miller will lead us in a meditation and mindfulness exercise to prepare for Day 2.



Presented by: Swafia Ames, Managing Director – People Strategy & Inclusion, Brighter Strategies

The Leadership Imperative and Operationalizing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion – Achieving diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in your workplace is a process for creating change through education, collaboration, and vigilance. Courageous leaders that guide their organizations on a DEI journey foster evolving levels of insight that results in growth and new experiences for individuals and the organization. Working to achieve diverse, equitable, and inclusive environments has numerous demonstrated benefits, including enhanced innovation, faster problem solving, and increased productivity. As leaders and organizations embark on their DEI journey, it is important that they have a roadmap to guide their efforts. Throughout this session, we will explore a framework for operationalizing DEI and highlight the critical role of leadership along the journey.


Using a DEI Lens When Enacting Change | Brighter Strategies

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: A Framework to Make it Happen | Brighter Strategies

A Framework for Starting Your DEI Strategy | Brighter Strategies


Led by Catherine Miller, Four Directions Wellness

Join us for a time of movement and stretching.



Presented by: Nayantara Sen, Cultural & Narrative Strategist

In this session, narrative and cultural strategist Nayantara Sen will share two crucial frameworks for storytelling and narrative change for racial equity. Participants will learn about storytelling from the margins in order to more deeply engage a racial equity lens and stakeholders of color in their organizational communications and strategy. Workshop attendees will also learn about and practice a four-level storytelling typology and framework that supports stronger, more ethical, authentic, nuanced, and race-explicit storytelling. Nayantara will discuss story-based, narrative, and culture change strategies for racial equity, and participants will collectively explore best practices for systemic storytelling for racial justice.

Storytelling Project Model – Organizing EngagementCultural Strategy – An Introduction & PrimerCreating Cultures & Practices for Racial Equity


Led by Heather Peeler, President & CEO of ACT for Alexandria

As Alexandria’s community foundation, the vision of a vibrant and equitable community is core to our work. It is important for us to hear from the community about what is needed to move forward to make this vision a reality. The Forum will conclude with an opportunity for attendees to discuss ways in which to promote racial equity in their personal lives, in their workplace, and within the larger community. These conversations will help inform ACT’s Racial Equity Capacity Building Initiative and grantmaking.

Jaqueline Tucker, Race & Social Equity Officer, City of Alexandria, will also share the next steps participants can take with the All Alexandria 30-Day Racial Equity Challenge.

The 30-Day Racial Equity Challenge is an educational tool used to advance a deeper understanding of the intersections of race, power, privilege, supremacy, and oppression. The Challenge invites participants to complete 30 short assignments over 30 consecutive days, which include readings, videos, or podcasts. The goal is to increase knowledge and understanding and engage people as we continue our racial equity journey.

Racial Equity 30 Day Challenge

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