Santa Rosa Junior College ARTS & LECTURES Committee presents community advocate Vince Harper in “Toward Social Equity in Our Community” on Oct 12, 2020 12n-1p "Vince Harper is a longtime Sonoma County resident and community advocate. He has held numerous roles with the Community Action Partnership (CAP) Sonoma organization and currently serves as Director of Community Engagement. His areas of advocacy include: youth and adult leadership development programs , resident organizing efforts, a mobile family resource center , a parenting class series for Spanish speaking parents and community engagement for the agency and agency programs.   His most recent projects are youth-led voter registration and Census 2020 outreach for Hard-To-Count. He has been active in the community as a current member and past co-Chair of the City of Santa Rosa’s Community Advisory Board, member of the Health Action Sonoma County Leadership Team and Wellness Development Team, Chairperson of the Santa Rosa Health Action Chapter, member of the Santa Rosa Violence Prevention Partnership’s Operational Team.  Mr. Harper has received multiple awards including the Sonoma State University Alumni Distinguished Alumni Award,  Sonoma County Jefferson Award, PDI Hero Award, the Bob Tunks Peace Award. Mr. Harper has emerged as a key voice in local conversations around social equity and racial justice.  His Arts and Lectures discussion, Toward Social Equity in our Community, will talk about these challenging times; the question of how to achieve equity has become a high priority for communities across the nation. It will explore our equity journey from the pre-Covid-19 and BLM movement to the current state of equity in Santa Rosa. The journey includes early struggles with the equality vs. equity question, fully understanding the roots of inequities, and the struggle to find strategies to address disparities of today. In addition, it will explore current efforts and progress of our equity work. This discussion is moderated by SRJC faculty member Joanie Dybach."

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