Racism – What Will it Take to End it?
Presented at TEDx Sarasota
IISC Senior Associate Cynthia Silva Parker on the will, skill, knowledge and strategies needed to end racism.
Can We Talk?
Presented at Grace Chapel
“There are many useful guidelines for productive race talk,” Parker says, and many practical tips are included in the talk. Yet even with best practices, some moments of race talk do harm or feel unresolved. Parker shares her personal tips for connecting with her faith, and her faith in humanity, to continue moving forward with love.
About Cynthia Silva Parker
Cynthia Silva Parker is an advocate for equity and justice and builds the capacity of individuals, organizations and networks to work collaboratively for social justice. She has served as a Senior Associate at the Interaction Institute for Social Change since 1998 and was affiliated with the Institute for 5 years before joining the staff. She delivers training, consulting, coaching, and facilitation services to nonprofit and public organizations focused on racial equity, environmental sustainability, community development and other aspects of social justice work. She has led or co-led the development of several IISC workshops, including Diversity in the Collaborative Organization, Collaborative Social Change, and Fundamentals of Facilitation for Racial Justice Work.
Cynthia’s prior leadership experience includes Director of Boston Freedom Summer, the Ten Point Coalition’s faith-based youth leadership and community development project, and Project Administrator for the Algebra Project, Inc., a national nonprofit education group focused on access to algebra as a civil right. Cynthia holds a BA from Harvard-Radcliffe Colleges and a Master of Public Policy/MCRP from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.