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About This Event

Join us for an overview of the state of poverty and a focused discussion on how poverty, culture, and race intersect. This interactive workshop will lead participants to explore assumptions, misperceptions, stigma, stereotypes, and biases about the causes of poverty and systemic racism.

This workshop for youth workers focuses on understanding what poverty is, how it functions with racism, and what youth servings organizations can do to advance its efforts to engage meaningful conversations around race, support equity and inclusive economic growth.

Participants will:  

  • gain a clearer understanding of the role race plays in maintaining poverty; 
  • identify and unpack the systems external to the community that create the internal realities people experience daily; and 
  • learn to view their communities with a wider lens and become more effective in delivering services.


  • Jill L. English

    Co-Director/Trainer, Undoing Racism Initiative, Child Advocates, Inc.

    Jill English, a graduate of DePauw University, has worked with impoverished families and with abused and neglected children in Marion County for over twenty years, providing direct services to families through various capacities. She trains foster parents in the care of traumatized youth, with a focus on understanding diversity, and is a facilitator for Spirit and Places Powerful Conversations on Race. 

  • Pamela R. Ross, MSW

    Vice President of Opportunity, Equity and Inclusion, Central Indiana Community Foundation

    Pamela Ross has more than 25 years of professional experience in the social services field, managing multiple programs dedicated to elevating the awareness and improving the plight of children and families. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Indiana State and her master’s degree in social work from University of Georgia, where she focused on community development and program evaluation.