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

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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 27th, 6:00-7:15 pm

Breaking the Cycle of Poverty:
New Pathways Towards Equity through Guaranteed Income

An interactive discussion on Guaranteed Income as a vehicle towards racial and gender equity.

Race- and gender-based wealth inequities are two of the greatest failures of the American economy. Without bold, visionary action and policies to address these issues, the chasm between those who are economically secure and those who are not—mainly Black, brown, Native American communities and women- will continue to grow, ultimately threatening our nation’s ability to achieve our promise of freedom and dignity for all.  Through this event, we hope to educate our community on “Guaranteed Income Programs” and uplift its significance in changing the status quo. USES will be joined by experts in the field to discuss the challenges and opportunities of this intervention, especially as it pertains to achieving racial and gender equity; ultimately, disrupting the cycle of poverty.    


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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 Inclusion, The Chestnut Hill School

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

Marie St. Fleur – Consultant, St. 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

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