Real Talk, Good Action: What Is Invisible Racism?

Often people understand the term “racism” and may be able to define it however when we look at the system, some don’t realize how invisible racism exists. Presenter Kyle Amber Clark will open the webinar defining the meaning of invisible racism. Following that brief presentation, Kyle Amber will share examples of what kinds of partnerships are useful to address invisible racism. To dismantle systemic and structural racism requires a collaborative approach involving various stakeholders on individual and group work on an organizational  level. Kyle Amber will have a conversation with others to discuss what the NAD is doing about invisible racism. Howard A. Rosenblum (NAD CEO) will join the panel to discuss the NAD Headquarters’ internal operations and what they’re doing to identify and address invisible racism; Melissa Draganac-Hawk (NAD Outgoing President) to share the NAD Board’s history of addressing racism and the 2020-2022 Priority “Dismantling Racism in the Deaf Community” priority; Jenny Buechner (NAD Incoming President) will join to highlight specific goals the NAD Board has to address racism and the NAD’s commitment. 

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August 18, 2022 | 7-9 PM ET

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Kyle Amber is looking at the camera.Kyle Amber, Chief Equity & Inclusion Officer at The Learning Center for the Deaf, calls Massachusetts home for now, but her heart belongs to Maryland, the home of blue crabs! Her current work is rooted in a collaborative approach to dismantling inequities through various communities of practice. A strategist with intentions to welcome conversation, innovation, and opportunities to share knowledge through engaging.
Jenny is looking at the camera.Jenny is currently the NAD President and hails from Madison, Wisconsin. She graduated from the Wisconsin School for the Deaf in 1998 and from Gallaudet University in 2002 with a degree in Social Work. Jenny spends her time serving in leadership roles with various organizations, including the role of conference chair for the 2009 biennial conference and president for four years with the Wisconsin Association of the Deaf (WAD) from 2009 through 2013. Jenny served as the board president for two years with Deaf Unity, the only agency serving deaf people who experience domestic violence, sexual assault, and other crimes, prior to leading the agency as its executive director for one and a half years, in her tenure she expanded its programs and services, raised awareness of social justice issues within the deaf community as well as the hearing community. Jenny has served on the NAD Board since 2013. Jenny enjoys speaking to the community about social justice issues that directly relate to the deaf community.
Melissa is looking at the camera.Melissa, a first-generation American of deaf immigrant Peruvian parents, received a master’s degree in Linguistics and two bachelor’s degrees in Theater Production & Performance and American Sign Language from Gallaudet University. Currently, she is the Interim Associate Head of School at the Pennsylvania School for the Deaf and an adjunct professor of American Sign Language at the University of Pennsylvania. Involved in the deaf community, Melissa was the president of the National Council of Hispano Deaf and Hard of Hearing, and was the Executive Director of Deaf Women United. Melissa has been involved with the NAD throughout her life in various capacities: as a youth, she participated in the Jr. NAD and the Youth Leadership Camp, and as an adult she directed the Miss Deaf America Finals in 2002 and 2008. She has been an NAD member since 1988, focusing on issues affecting youth and diversity. In her free time, she enjoys being with her husband, Sam, and son, Etzio.
Howard is looking at the camera.Howard has been the Chief Executive Officer of the NAD since April 2011 and also serves as an ex officio member of the NAD Board of Directors. Howard comes to the NAD after 22 years as a lawyer, focusing his practice on disability rights and special education law. For nine years, he was a Senior Attorney at Equip for Equality, the Protection & Advocacy entity for Illinois. The previous 10 years, he worked as an associate at Monahan & Cohen, and briefly as a legal counsel at Access Living, the center for independent living in Chicago. In 1997, he founded the Midwest Center on Law and the Deaf, and served as Board Chair until 2011. In 2010 and again in 2014, President Barack Obama appointed Howard to serve on the United States Access Board. Howard has a Bachelor of Science degree in computer engineering from the University of Arizona and a Juris Doctor degree from the Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago-Kent College of Law. Born and raised in Chicago, he is a diehard fan of Chicago sports teams. Howard also enjoys traveling the world to meet deaf people in other countries and learning their sign languages.

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