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Discovery Days 2021: Exploring the Impact of DEIB

Ah, January. New year, new resolutions, new beginnings - and new learning opportunities during six weeks of Discovery Days!

Join us as we jump into 2021 by exploring the impact of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB) on our philanthropy efforts. You won’t want to miss the incredible speakers lined up in our DEIB Track.

Register now for Discovery Days and add these events to your calendar:


Welcome & Impact Austin Updates | TUE, JAN 5 | 7:00 - 8:00 PM [Watch Now]

Hear Impact Austin’s latest news and the feedback of our Member Survey and how both will inform the Strategic Plan.


Susan Palombo - Board President, Class of 2016; Adi Gollakota - UT Austin CONNECT Fellow; Deanna DeHaven - Board Member, Class of 2019; Sarah Harris - Board Member, Class of 2016; Risé Candelaria, Strategic Planning, Class of 2021; Earind Carter, Strategic Planning, Class of 2020



History of Race, Racism, & Philanthropy in Central Texas | FRI, JAN 8 | 12:00 - 1:00 PM [Watch Now]

During this session, we will take a deep dive into the historical context of race and racism in Austin to better understand its impact on philanthropy and our role as philanthropists.

The conversation will include the following topics:

  • Defining structural racism in an historical context

  • Reviewing applications and examples in U.S. and Austin history

  • Understanding how structural racism affects our ability to give in a profoundly impactful way to address institutional inequities

  • Understanding the difference between white ally and white savior postures


Dr. Anthony Brown, Co-founder and Co-director of University of Texas Center for Innovation in Race, Teaching and Curriculum; Department of African and African Diaspora Studies Dr. Brown’s work has been published in Teachers College Record, Harvard Educational Review, Race Ethnicity and Education, and the Journal of Educational Policy. He is a Professor of Curriculum & Instruction in Social Studies Education at the University of Texas. He also is an affiliated faculty in the areas of cultural studies in education, the John Warfield Center of African and African American studies, and the Department of African and African Diaspora Studies. Professor Brown is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Texas Regents Outstanding Teaching Award.

Dr. Keffrelyn Brown, Co-founder and Co-director of University of Texas Center for Innovation in Race, Teaching and Curriculum; Department of African and African Diaspora Studies Dr. Brown is Professor of Cultural Studies in Education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Texas. She is also the Elizabeth Glenadine Gibb Teaching Fellow in Education and holds a faculty appointment in the Department of African and African Diaspora Studies and the Center for Women and Gender Studies. Her research and teaching, which have received exceptional recognition, focus on the sociocultural knowledge of race in teaching and curriculum, critical multicultural teacher education, and the educational discourses and intellectual thought related to African Americans and their educational experiences in the U.S.


Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Belonging in Action | FRI, JAN 15 | 12:00 - 1:00 PM [Watch Now]

In this session, we will discover the characteristics of becoming an Inclusive Leader and learn how DEIB values are essential to disrupt norms and create a cultural shift at the board table and across all leadership circles. As we explore key concepts and terms in the DEIB space, we will:

  • Identify potential pitfalls in DEIB work (tokenism, unconscious bias, white saviorism, etc.)

  • Examine spheres of influence in a spirit of self-reflection

  • Look at ways to create diverse leadership pipelines


Paulina Artieda, Executive Director, The New Philanthropists Paulina has focused her career

on delivering solutions for multicultural communities, as well as helping clients connect with audiences in relevant and meaningful ways. She attended the University of Texas at Austin and has a Bachelor of Science in Advertising, with a concentration in the Creative Sequence and a minor in Business. Paulina's leadership skills have stemmed from various roles, including: Creative Director, Bilingual Marketing Consultant, Digital Strategist and Design Thinking Coach. As Executive Director for The New Philanthropists, she leads all efforts in making Austin nonprofit boards more diverse and inclusive. She is passionate about elevating the discussion on diversity, equity and inclusion among leadership circles and helping to add more seats at tables where representation is crucial.


What’s Coming Next?


Impact Austin 101 | TUE, JAN 19 | 7:00 - 8:00 PM

Learn about Impact Austin’s inclusive, trust-based practices and how these will benefit both members and nonprofits. This general overview also shares how to start getting involved.


Issues Facing Central Texas Women | FRI, JAN 22 | 12:00 - 1:00 PM

Hear Texas Women’s Foundation’s research on economic issues facing Texas women of all ages, ethnicities, incomes and geographies in a moderated session with Q&A

Building a Resilient Austin | FRI, JAN 29 | 12:00 - 1:00 PM.

In the midst of the pandemic, how can we work together to build long-term health, economic wellness, and resilience for our community?


Register now for Discovery Days,

our signature event reimagined in 2021 for even greater impact!


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