July 31 from 2-3 p.m. CT

  • Free to members and nonmembers


Discussion Topic

Join us in the virtual barbershop as we talk about life ... REAL life. Being Black in America means many things, but one of the most prevalent issues is experiencing racism on a daily basis on multiple fronts. From standard microaggressions on up through direct confrontations, the men who'll be waiting on their haircuts at our barbershop have experienced it all.

In this conversation, Black male senior executives in community-based organizations from across the country will share their experiences of confronting and dealing with racism in their daily lives. Hear how they handle it when it's unintended, when it comes from a donor or key stakeholder, or when it happens in the most unexpected places. Join this engaging discussion with your own experiences and suggestions for confronting racism and bias in the workplace and beyond.

About the Virtual Barbershop 

The barbershop is one of the few safe places where Black men feel very comfortable in having candid conversations on just about anything. All over America, the barbershop continues to serve as a second home and place of refuge, healing, and compassion for Black men.

This virtual space will feature several Black male executives from around the country, sharing their perspectives and recommendations on how to increase the number of African American males in leadership positions at human services organizations. Just like in any barbershop, anyone is welcome to drop in at any time based on their availability and interest.

Learning Objectives

  • Everyday inequities persons of color mitigate on a regular basis
  • The role of leaders in managing and dismantling microaggressions and microinequities in the workplace
  • Solutions in creating an equitable and inclusive environment for all

The Barber 

  • Dr. Undraye P. Howard, senior director of equity, diversity, and inclusion and engagement at the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities

Waiting on a Haircut

  • Raphael Holloway, MA, CEO of Gateway Center in Atlanta
  • Reyahd D.J. Kazmi, Esq., director of business and government strategies at National Youth Advocate Program in Columbus, Ohio
  • Jesse McLean, MA, executive director of Western Pennsylvania and Northeast Ohio at Pressley Ridge in Pittsburgh
  • Julius Mullen Sr., PhD, chief clinical officer of Children & Families First in Wilmington, Delaware
  • Claude A. Robinson Jr., executive vice president of external affairs and diversity at UCAN in Chicago
  • Jonathan Palmer executive director of Hallie Q. Brown Community Center in St. Paul, Minnesota
  • George Winn, MA, COO of The Children's Center in Detroit 

Questions about this webinar should be directed to Dr. Undraye P. Howard "The Barber" senior director of equity, diversity, and inclusion and engagement at the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities.