Sessions

Session 1: Systems

Wednesday, August 25, 2021 12pm-1pm (CDT)

Presented by: James Bell

Mr. James Bell will provide a historical overview of how systems operate. Mr. Bell, will aid attendees in understanding how systems must operate through a racial and ethnic lens.  He will discuss what it means for a youth to be involved in systems and how to lessen risk factors for the community.

James Bell is the Founding President of the W. Haywood Burns Institute. The Burns Institute has worked in over 200 counties in 23 states to engage justice stakeholders and communities across the country to build equity in the administration of justice.  He has trained and addressed thousands of human services professionals and community members on race, ancestry, and inclusion as a necessary and vital component of the delivery of safety for all communities. He is currently working with San Francisco, Los Angeles, St. Paul, Minnesota, and Toledo, Ohio, in reimagining services for families and communities impacted by the justice sector.

Additional Materials:

YouTube Video- TED talk,

Burns Institute Report,

The Keeper And The Kept (Burns Institute December 2009)

Presentation Slides

Recording of Session 1

Session 2: Race – A Public Health Issue

Wednesday, October 6, 2021 12pm-1pm (CDT)

Presented by: Scharol Bronson and Andy Wessel

Representatives from the Douglas County Health Department will educate attendees as to “why” race is a public health issue and “what” that means to jurisdictions.  Youth of color are disproportionately involved in the juvenile justice system.  This disproportionality can be contributed to racism and implicit bias in decision-making and policy writing. Increasing attendees understanding of racism and its impact on juvenile justice work is the goal of the session. The panelists will explore Douglas County Nebraska’s journey to acknowledge race as an issue of Public Health.

Session 3: The Groundwater Approach: building a practical understanding of structural racism

Wednesday, November 3, 2021 12pm-1pm (CDT)

Presented by: Scharol Bronson and Andy Wessel

Representatives from the Douglas County Health Department will provide an overview and examination of The Race/Equity Institute’s paper, The Groundwater Approach.  Speakers will educate attendees on the observations noted in the research.  Understanding the principles of how “racial inequity exists in all systems, that poverty does not explain this inequity and that inequities are caused within systems.” (https://www.racialequityinstitute.com/groundwaterapproach)

Youth of color are disproportionately involved in the juvenile justice system.  This disproportionality can be contributed to racism and implicit bias in decision-making and policy writing. Increasing attendees’ understanding of racism and its impact on juvenile justice work is the goal of the session. The panelists will explore Douglas County Nebraska’s journey to acknowledge race as an issue of Public Health.

Click here to view or download the article: The Groundwater Approach – building a practical understanding of structural racism

More individual session information to come, as it becomes available.