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FARSIGHT FRIDAY started in response to the multiple pandemics that have fueled racism and division in the United States and around the world in 2020. This video podcast attempts to dissect topics, new and old, that are current to our times.

 

We hope these episodes give you an opportunity to check in, reflect, and process how you are experiencing these times. We learn a lot by being in conversation, and by listening to diverse perspectives. Please continue these conversations with your communities, your families, your teams, your organizations. The more we speak of these topics, the more we normalize their existence and complexity; providing the crucial antidote to erasure and division. 

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DISABILITY ADVOCACY

March 26, 2021

Guest Speakers:

Elizabeth "Liz" Campos | Orientation and Mobility Instructor NOMC, Society For The Blind

Kenna Chic | Disability Rights Advocate

 Dr. Gabrielle Ficchi  | Therapist and Disability Advocate

hosted by

Eric Harris | Director of Public Policy, Disability Rights California

 

ASL Interpreters and Closed Captioning is available

The Disability community is the largest minority community in the world. And yet, this community is often overlooked or forgotten. This conversation will center on self-advocacy and Disability advocacy with an intersectional lens. We will delve into what the non-disabled community can do to ensure a more inclusive space for the disability community. We will explore parity, rights and justice, along with dispelling historically held biases and myths. How do we collectively create an accessible and inclusive world for everyone? 

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EP 13: DISABILITY ADVOCACY

March 26, 2021  ASL Interpreters and Closed Captioning is available

Guest Speakers:

Elizabeth "Liz" Campos | Orientation and Mobility Instructor NOMC, Society For The Blind

Kenna Chic | Disability Rights Advocate

 Dr. Gabrielle Ficchi  | Therapist and Disability Advocate

with guest host Eric Harris | Director of Public Policy, Disability Rights California

The Disability community is the largest minority community in the world. And yet, this community is often overlooked or forgotten. This conversation will center on self-advocacy and Disability advocacy with an intersectional lens. We will delve into what the non-disabled community can do to ensure a more inclusive space for the disability community. We will explore parity, rights and justice, along with dispelling historically held biases and myths. How do we collectively create an accessible and inclusive world for everyone? 

EP 12: HOW DO WE WELCOME?

January 29, 2021

Guest Speakers:

Bennish Brown | President/CEO, Augusta Convention & Visitors Bureau

Timothy Bush | Chief Tourism Development Officer, One Spartanburg, Inc

Natalie Ringsmuth | Executive Director, UniteCloud

Roni Weiss | Executive Director, Travel Unity

After a tragic collapse in 2020, travel, tourism and hospitality industries have an opportunity to rebuild more mindfully, more inclusively. How we welcome visitors and current and future residents could not be more crucial to consider post-pandemic. What does it mean to open, to share our spaces and communities in a time of misinformation, racial unrest, and vastly different mask protocols and political affiliations? What does a safe, inclusive and inviting welcome look like?

EP 11: FAITH, GENDER, RACE IN SOUTH ASIAN IDENTITY

November 20, 2020

Guest Speakers:

Sadiya Abjani | Director of Learning & Equity, SAGE USA

Ambarien Alqadar | Filmmaker, Writer, Educator

The South Asian diaspora refers to the people from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, who, following the pre-colonized era, have migrated globally for centuries. While colonialism and caste systems have historically played a role in dividing South Asian communities, hierarchy in faith, gender and race have continued the thread of division in modern day.  These same elements of faith, gender and race infuse a complexity and richness in South Asian identity today when we choose to see them through the lens of intersectionality. What does it take to uphold the rich diasporic history while not erasing the evolving intersectional South Asian identity our communities have been forming along the way?

Ep 10: WHITE IDENTITY IN 2020
September 11, 2020

Guest Speakers:

Jane Rosenzweig | Diversity / Equity / Inclusion Practitioner

Krissy Shields | Wellness expert, Founder, Maha Mama

Michael Robertson | Deputy Director, artEquity

​2020 and the onset of two pandemics has enabled a sharp shirt in consciousness when it comes to equity, inclusion and leading with an antiracist lens. Our White community is at various stages of learning and activation. It ranges from feeling overwhelmed, paralyzed and staying silent, to self organizing and relearning history, using one's voice and privilege to challenge systemic racism within organizations, communities, and on the streets. What does it mean to be a White ally/advocate/antiracist practitioner in 2020? Where does one start? What does the journey involve? Learn more.

Ep 9: YOUNG LEADERS ROUNDTABLE: Part 2
July 31, 2020

Guest Speakers:
Arianna Adeseye | student, Psychology major, podcast 'Damn, That's Crazy'
Jannie Kamara | student, Black World Studies, Diversity in Leadership, Student Body President Miami Univ.
Gentle Ramirez | student, Africana Studies major, Creative Writing, Comp. Sc. minor, youth organizer, poet
Tatyana Tandanpolie | student, Journalism & Africana Studies major, aspiring journalist & writer

At our second Young Leaders Roundtable, we hear from college students who are already entrepreneurs in their own right.  They are focused and clear on the history of this country, and actively fighting to create a world where their dreams and visions for themselves are realized. Learn more.

EP 8: YOUNG LEADERS ROUNDTABLE: Part 1

July 24, 2020

Guest Speakers:

Ama Russell - Youth activist & co-founder BLACK LIVES MATTER IN ALL CAPACITIES

Evamelo Oleita - Youth activist &  co-founder BLACK LIVES MATTER IN ALL CAPACITIES

Jayden Hasberry - Youth activist & co-founder WE ARE AMERICA

Taylor Martin - Yout​h activist & co-founder JUSTICE IN THE MITTEN

Forced to fight for their existence, living in a world of school shootings, a global pandemic, and systemic oppression and the violent killing of Black lives, today's youth have established nuanced vocabulary around gender identity and expression. They are fierce, fearless and ready to reclaim their place in the world. From community organizing to leading. Learn more.

Ep 7: SELF-CARE: A REVOLUTIONARY PRACTICE

July 17, 2020

Guest Speakers:

Dr. Gulrukh Bala | Healer, Author, Founder - Heartlight Ascension 

Joan Henry (Tsalagi / Nde’ / Arawaka) | Traditional Song-Carrier & Elisi (Grandmother)

Dr. Melba Nicholson Sullivan | People, Culture & Systems Consultant

Mindfulness has been made a prominent and palatable concept through recent years, Its origin, however, lies in rich global histories of spirituality and culture.

Mother Earth is currently healing itself from trauma we have inflicted on her through generations, while our humanity attempts to dismantle the historic trauma of oppression.

There is no better time to remind ourselves of the roots of self care and nourishment towards healing and balance of ourselves and our communities. Learn more.

EP 6: BELONGING  IN THE WORKPLACE: An Antiracist Reimagining

July 10, 2020

Guest Speakers:

MJ Jacques - HR Translator, Founder - Advisory Avenue

Hyma Menath - Equity & Inclusion Advisor - City of San Jose

Susan Seah - Founding Partner - CounselGS LLC

Over the decades, The D in Diversity morphed to D&I (Inclusion), to DEI (Equity) and as of the last few years DEIB (Belonging). The acronym gets longer, the definitions shift and change, and work culture belonging still has a ways to go. What will it take to create this shift?​ Learn more.

Ep 5: ALLYSHIP SERIES: Creative Allyship

June 26, 2020

Guest Speakers:

Elz Cuya Jones | Deputy Director, North Star Fund

Rachel Berger | Founder & Executive Director, The Artist Co-op

Uncertainty. Unknown. Unprecedented. These words have encompassed all aspects of our lives for over two months. Individuals, organizations and businesses are at different levels of processing this. Some have tragically had to shut their doors, some have pivoted overnight to stay relevant, while others are intentionally using the 'pause' to reflect, process and create new possibilities and creative allyship. As we dust ourselves off, we will be met with the opportunity to intentionally reinvent - our lives, our businesses, our systems. Learn more.

Ep 4:  ALLYSHIP SERIES: Displaced Populations in a Global Pandemic

June 19, 2020

​Guest Speakers:

Catharina Kahane | Art Historian and founder of ECHO100PLUS

Niurka Melendez & Hector Arguinzones | Founders, Venezuelans & Immigrants Aid (VIA)

​When the pandemic hit around the world we were told to stay home. From migrant populations trying to get back to their towns and villages in India, refugees waiting for asylum across Europe, to displaced migrants stuck at our southern border in America, there are displaced populations around the world who have no place or shelter to call home. How has the pandemic disrupted the lives of the displaced? Learn more.

EP 3: ALLYSHIP SERIES: Our children. The future. 

June 12, 2020

Guest Speakers:

Farzana Nayani - Author | DEI practioner

Clare Donavan Scane, PhD - Founder - CDS Literacies, LLC

How we interact​ with our children, the conversations we choose to have with them, the history we share with them will determine their continued development and how they shape their generation. This enlightening discussion explores effective ways to talk to our children and students about race in this age of increased divisiveness. Learn more.

EP 2: ALLYSHIP SERIES: Intersectional Solidarity - Part 2

May 29, 2020

Guest Speakers:

Linda Akutagawa - President & CEO - Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics - LEAP

Russell G. Jones - Founder & Chief of Pedagogy - Blind Spot Experience

Our historically marginalized Black, Latinx, and Native-American communities have been hit the hardest since March, the global pandemic has given new fuel for Asian American hate to escalate. This moment is an opportunity for us - as leaders, citizens, humans to reflect on and conceive what systemic dismantling and intersectional restructuring looks like during this disruption. What myths holding us back need to be dispelled, and what might it look like to truly work together as we rebuild? Our allyship series first explores how we choose - with intention - to rebuild a more socially interconnected and equitable society. Learn more.

EP 1: ALLYSHIP SERIES: Intersectional Solidarity - Part 1

May 29, 2020

​Guest Speakers:

Linda Akutagawa - President & CEO - Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics - LEAP

Russell G. Jones - Founder & Chief of Pedagogy - Blind Spot Experience

In a year of social and economic upheaval, how do we choose - with intention - to rebuild a more socially interconnected and equitable society? In this session, we dispell the myths holding us back and explore what systemic dismantling and intersectional restructuring looks like as we work together to rebuild a more just society. Learn more.