Glenn Harris

Center for Social Inclusion
Glenn Harris is the President of the new Race Forward and Publisher of Colorlines. The new Race Forward is the union of two leading racial justice non-profit organizations: Race Forward and Center for Social Inclusion (CSI), where Glenn served as President starting in 2014. The new Race Forward will build on the work of both organizations to advance racial justice. Glenn has over 25 years of experience working on issues of race and social justice. Prior to the new Race Forward and CSI, Glenn worked as the Manager of the City of Seattle Race and Social Justice Initiative (RSJI), whose mission is to end institutionalized racism in City government. Glenn also helped found the Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE).

Presentations from Facing Race 2018

21st Century Racial Equity and Leadership Strategy for the Nation’s South

The 21st Century Racial Equity and Leadership Strategy for the Nation’s South brings Race Forward and the Arkansas Public Policy Panel, One Voice Mississippi and One Voice Louisiana together to advance racial equity. The partners are engaging communities of color to expose and dismantle systems of exclusion, especially around mass incarceration, access to high quality public education, economic opportunity and voting rights / civic participation. They are supporting broad cross sections of leaders on a collective racial equity analysis and strategies while building relationships and trust between communities. This workshop will highlight the experiences of local organizers in the South.

Speakers: Bill Kopsky, Glenn Harris, Ashley Shelton, Nsombi Lambright

Presentations from Facing Race 2016

Where Do We Go From Here?

We are gathering just two days after the most contentious election season in decades. Both major parties showed their deep splinters, Trumpism became the new normal and all the politicians were forced to deal with issues that communities of color raised to national prominence. In this closing plenary, leaders will speak to the challenges of governance before us, and how the racial justice movement can position ourselves to make the most of the next four years.

Will be livestreamed.

Speakers: Marisa Franco, Glenn Harris, Pramila Jayapal, Van Jones, Rinku Sen, Kara Denise Brewer Boyd, Linda Sarsour

An effective, inclusive democracy? Launching a Racial Equity Initiative in Your City

This session will provide an introduction to the role, responsibilities and opportunities for government to advance racial equity. It will highlight national best practices that normalize racial equity as a key value, operationalize racial equity via new policies and practices, and organize, both internally and in partnership with other institutions and the community. Across the country, we know that race predicts how well one will fare across all indicators for success, including housing, transportation, health, education, criminal justice, jobs, and the environment. We also know that actions of government created and have maintained racial inequities. To advance racial equity, the fundamental transformation of government is necessary.

The session will include an overview of shared terminology and use of racial equity tools that can be used in decisions relating to policies, practices, programs and budgets. We will focus on an “inside-outside” strategy that highlight the potential for maximizing impact. Nelson and Harris will highlight the important roles of community, government staff and elected leaders. This will be a great opportunity to join with others from across the country to leverage the power of government to advance racial equity and increase success for all of our communities.

Speakers: Julie Nelson, Glenn Harris

Presentations from Facing Race 2012

Systems Change: Inside and Outside Strategies

"Equity-driven change strategies can be initiated from inside the public sector, from the outside, or both. Learn about how the City of Seattle?s Race and Social Justice Initiative has sparked community collaboration to address institutional racism in the public school system and how the Sentencing Project is working several fronts in the policy arena to eliminate racial disparities in the criminal justice system.

Speakers: Nashira Baril, Glenn Harris, Nicole Porter