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For Immediate Release
August 11, 2021

Community Equity Speaker Series Continues with Focus on Transformative Change

College of Marin Umoja Equity Program Director will moderate virtual conversation August 24

San Rafael, CA – The Marin County Office of Equity is inviting residents to participate in the summer installment of its Community at the Table: Leading with Anti-Racism Speaker Series. The series is in partnership with Book Passage Institute for Leadership Studies and Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Dominican University of California. 

john a. powell is the Director of the Othering & Belonging Institute, a University of California Berkeley research institute that brings together scholars, organizers, communicators, and policymakers to identify and eliminate barriers to an inclusive, just, and sustainable society, to create transformative change toward a more equitable nation. powell spells his name in lowercase based on the idea that we should be part of the universe, not over it, as capitals signify.

headshot of equity expert john a. powelljohn a. powell

powell has written extensively on several issues including structural racism, racial justice, concentrated poverty, opportunity-based housing, voting rights, affirmative action in the United States, South Africa, and Brazil, racial and ethnic identity, spirituality and social justice, and the needs of citizens in a democratic society. He is the author of several books, including his most recent work, Racing to Justice: Transforming our Concepts of Self and Other to Build an Inclusive Society.

The College of Marin Umoja Equity Program Director Professor Walter Turner will have a one-on-one conversation with powell on how to move beyond equity and diversity statements to authentic empowering actions for Marin communities and institutions. 

Turner shares that this conversation is timely and as a community we can thoughtfully address topics such as what the legacies of systemic racism are, “othering,” redlining and how do we develop programs and shared goals that are the foundations of social justice and genuine anti-racism. Turner was born in Marin City and has been a professor of African and African American studies at the College of Marin for more than 20 years.

Equity is one of the Marin County Board of Supervisors’ top priorities. The Office of Equity has a vision of dismantling inequities and transforming systems that we have inherited through centuries of racial, social, and political injustices. Learn more online about equity measures at the County of Marin.

For disability accommodations, please phone Maureen De Nieva-Marsh at (415) 473-6166, CA Relay 711, or contact by e-mail at least five business days in advance of the event. The County will do its best to fulfill requests received with less than five business days’ notice. Copies of documents are available in an alternative format on request.


Sofia Martinez
Equity Analyst
County Administrator's Office

1600 Los Gamos Drive
Suite 370
San Rafael, CA 94903
(415) 473-7546
Email: Sofia Martinez
County Administrator website