Removing our Blinders: Why White Leaders Must Listen and Learn

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Thursday, December 3, 2020
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM (EST)

Event Details

Join Melanie Huggins, Executive Director of the Richland Library and Immediate Past Chair of the Together SC Board of Directors on Thursday, December 3 at 9:00 to discuss why white leaders must listen to and learn from their staff of color.

As a white leader of a very diverse organization that prioritizes racial equity internally and in all of its community work, Melanie realized over the past months there was still much to learn. This candid conversation will focus on how white leaders must engage their staff of color and truly listen. With this knowledge, these leaders must then acknowledge their blindspots and commit to strengthening their understanding of racial and social justice. This session will focus on why these steps are critical in order to effectively take personal, organizational and community action.

In preparation for this conversation, please read this short opinion piece "Your Black Colleagues May Look Like They're Okay - Chances Are They're Not", by Danielle Cadet.

You will leave this conversation with answers to the following:

  • What did I struggle with most when considering today’s topic? Why?
  • How can I apply today’s topic to me, my organization and my community?
  • What will I do differently as a result of today’s topic?
  • How did today’s topic help me better understand racism and white privilege?

Richland Library offers an extensive list of resources (books, videos, podcasts, articles, websites, social media, events, etc.) on its website for individuals to use to start an honest internal dialog and conversations with others about race, equity and inclusion. The Library encourages community members to get to know themselves, their neighbors and the community at large by using the many tools that have made available at

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Amelia Phillips Hale
Amelia Phillips Hale Creative Manager Engaging Creative Minds
Anita Case
Anita Case Executive Director Affinity Health Center
Ashley Redmond
Ashley Redmond Executive Director/Chief Development Officer Roper St. Francis Foundation
Catherine Puckett
Catherine Puckett NPA Staff Nonprofit Alliance
Donna Ortega
Ellen Blake
Ellen Blake Executive Assistant and Board Liaison Lowcountry Land Trust
Gabrielle Yarborough
Gabrielle Yarborough Development Director East Cooper Habitat for Humanity, Inc.
JoAnn Turnquist
JoAnn Turnquist President/CEO Central Carolina Community Foundation
Leigh Thomson
Leigh Thomson Deputy Director Dorchester Seniors, Inc.
Lenora Lefew
Lenora Lefew Volunteer and Development Coordinator Harvest Hope Food Bank
Mandy Black
Mandy Black Executive Director Little Steps
Mary Butz
Mary Butz Administration & Office Coordinator Tri-County Cradle to Career Collaborative
Oakley Dickson
Oakley Dickson Assistant Director Youth Corps
Paige Stephenson
Paige Stephenson President & CEO United Way of the Piedmont
Quinn Hayes
Quinn Hayes Midlands Branch Development Specialist Harvest Hope Food Bank
Terri Lottchea
Terri Lottchea Operations Manger Frances P. Bunnelle Foundation
Tish McCutchen
Tish McCutchen Program Officer Jolley Foundation
Vanessa Hill
Vanessa Hill Assistant ED for Operations University of South Carolina Alumni Association
Yolanda Anderson
Yolanda Anderson Development/Donor Manager Midlands Mediation Center
10 Other Registered Attendees

For More Information:

Debbie Nelson
Debbie Nelson
President DNA Creative Communications (864)420-0195

Presented by:

Melanie Huggins, Executive Director

Richland Library