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Funder Meeting

Leading Equity Series

Thursday, March 11, 2021 - Wednesday, April 14, 2021


Thursday, March 11, 2021
Wednesday, April 14, 2021
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Catalyst of San Diego & Imperial Counties

In March 2021, Catalyst is re-launching our Leading Equity Series, virtually. This multi-day series will provide you interactive ways to learn about and practice equity-building tools in a cohort, build supportive peer relationships for this journey, and interact with community organizations such as Black Lives Matter San Diego, Comite Civico del Valle, and Kumeyaay Community College.


  • Opening session March 11, 2-5 PM
  • Virtual community outings:
    • March 25, 12-4 PM: Black Lives Matter San Diego
    • March 30, 12-4 PM: Comite Civico del Valle
    • April 1, 12-4 PM: Kumeyaay Community College
  • Final session April 14, 2-4 PM

The Leading Equity Series is designed for individuals affiliated with grantmaking organizations or new or non-traditional forms of philanthropy and social investment and will integrate (1) the historical, social, and economic context of San Diego and Imperial Counties; (2) explorations of settler-colonialism, anti-blackness, and systemic racism; and (3) individual and collective space for reflection and skill-building. Commitment: participating in the opening session, at least one virtual community outing, and the final session (you are welcome to participate in more than one virtual outing).

Session Facilitators:

  1. Theresa Jean Ambo, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Education Studies, UC San Diego
  2. Jesse Mills, PhD, Associate Professor, Ethnic Studies, University of San Diego

If you want to move beyond standard diversity, equity and inclusion training, and into challenging and reframing notions of inclusion, equity, and civic engagement so that you can lead equity amongst your peers and within your communities, we encourage you to join us. A series graduate and representative from a local community foundation recently shared: “My focus since the series has been to question our team about how we can reach out to groups that might not be aware of us or feel they are not impactful enough…I am hopeful that more of our community will begin to see the humanity of all who are members of our community.”

The deadline to apply to participate in this series has passed. Applicants will be notified of their status by March 5. If you are selected there will be a $500 fee to participate to support stipends to community partners for their contributions and series coordination. Scholarships will be made available and we will ensure cost is not a barrier for anyone who applies.

If you require any accommodations to fully participate in this program or have any questions, please contact [email protected].

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