Facing Race: A National Conference in St. Louis, MO — November 20-22, 2024

Julia Sebastian

Researcher | Race Forward

Julia Sebastian, Researcher at Race Forward, graduated from Stanford University (B.A., Anthropology, 2011) where she researched U.S. imperialism, mega development and indigenous resistance. Raised in the Bay, and currently living in Oakland, she feels blessed to be part of the Race Forward team for over two years. In her work outside of work, Julia collaborates with local organizers and radical researchers to resist and envision a Bay Area without displacement.

Presentations from Facing Race 2018

Racial Equity Strategies for Workforce Development

In 2017 Race Forward produced a racial equity readiness assessment tool for workforce development agencies to clarify how racial bias and inequity is operating within their institutions and provide concrete steps for proactive measures to counter those policies and practices. This workshop will introduce participants to the racial equity readiness assessment -- how it works, where it can be applied, and what other engagement strategies are necessary to get tools off the ground and into practice. The workshop will include testimonials and lessons learned from workforce development agencies who have applied the toolkit in their own organizations.

Speakers: Wonda Winkler, Gary Davis, Julia Sebastian, Key Jackson

Presentations from Facing Race 2014

Breaking Down the Racial Divide at Work: Tools and Stories that Inspire Action

In an era of job uncertainty, cut hours, and diminishing wages and benefits, it is increasingly important to have a unified social justice labor movement to combat racial and gender discrimination. This session will unveil Race Forward’s interactive visual and web-based tool that unifies frames and messaging on occupational segregation by race and gender, in collaboration with the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (ROC), National Domestic Worker’s Alliance (NDWA) and Retail Action Project (RAP). ROC will also unveil their newest mobile app.

Speakers: Julia Sebastian, Jillian Medeiros, Ai-jen Poo, Ariel Jacobson, Sasha Hammad, Alicia Garza