The Harriet Tubman Change Maker Series: Community Conversations on Race, Poverty, and Education

December 2, 2020 | 0 Comments

In the spirit of uniting our community to strengthen families, USES is excited to merge two former initiatives (The Harriet Tubman Forum on Race and Change Maker Dinners) into The Harriet Tubman Change Maker Series. This year, the series will consist of virtual workshops, panel discussions, change maker events, and trainings centered on creating a more just, equal, and anti-racist community.  

As we have seen this year, turmoil in cities across the country and right here in Boston have sparked important conversations about racism, racial inequality and deep divisions that exist in our society. The products of institutionalized racism—police brutality, mass incarceration, gentrification, housing, separate and unequal schools, and an ever-growing wealth gap between black and white Americans—cause pain and frustration for many in our city, the South End/Lower Roxbury neighborhood, and the Greater Boston community. Discordant views about race fuel passionate debates in our workplaces, community, and public spaces. 

As we experience sobering public health disparities, social and racial injustice, and political unrest in our nation, USES remains committed to supporting children and families as it has for more than a century. With a mission to harness the power of our diverse community to disrupt the cycle of poverty, we understand the painful link between systemic oppression, racism, and persistent generational poverty. The children and families who rely on USES understand it too. Please join us this year as we do the work we all need to do to create a just, equal, and anti-racist society. 

January 14, 2021 – 6:00 – 8:00 pm

 Turning Anti-Racist Learnings into Action across Generations

A multigenerational conversation facilitated by USES board member, Gretchen Cook-Anderson on how to forge a more inclusive, anti-racist culture.

 March 31, 2021 – 6:00 – 7:30 pm

Advancing Racial Equity and Justice in Early Education

An interactive panel discussion on “Advancing Racial Equity and Justice in Early Education.” Experts in the field will discuss disparities in access to high-quality early education, equitable pay for teachers, and policy reform. 


Maicharia Weir Lytle – President & CEO, United South End Settlements


Turahn Dorsey – Foundation Fellow, Eastern Bank | Co-Founder, Change Agency, Ltd.

Kerryn Hinds – Director of Diversity, Equity, and InclusionThe Chestnut Hill School 

Renée Boynton Jarrett, MD, ScD – Vital Village Network | NOW | Associate Professor, Boston University School of Medicine/BMC 

Marie St. Fleur – ConsultantSt. Fleur Communications 

July 8, 2021 – 6:00 – 7:15 pm

Aligning Impact and Finding Shared Values

A discussion on social responsibility and the opportunity for corporations and individuals to be agents of change. 


Julia Johannsen – United South End Settlements Board Chair


Ilana Finley – Vice President of Global Communications & Social Impact, Converse   

Segun Idowu – President & CEO, BECMA

Michelle Volpe – Loan Fund President, Blue Hub Capital 

Click here to watch our July event! 

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