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Our Ongoing Equity and Social Justice Journey

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Last year, Presidio Graduate School (PGS) announced its Initiative for Equity & Social Justice with a mission to leverage the PGS student body, faculty, and partnerships to collaborate and create thought leadership, research, and programs on equity and social justice. While we could not have predicted the events of 2020, much of which put racial …

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Alumnus Eric Raymond: Building Equity in the Outdoors with Innovative Leadership

Sustainability, Social Justice, Community

Main image of Jimmy Chin, Team Athlete & Academy Award-Winning Director. Photo by Savannah Cummins. In our Changemakers in Action series, we meet dedicated sustainability and social justice leaders and learn how they are bringing about positive change. Today, we’re sharing our conversation with PGS alum Eric Raymond, who leads social impact and advocacy for …

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Moving Beyond “Performative” Diversity Commitments

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While we have been attempting to move the needle on diversity for many years this time feels different, or is it? Dennis Kennedy, Founder and Chair of National Diversity Council (NDC), challenges us to go beyond short-term, performative commitments to real change in our ongoing Racial Equity in Action series. A recent survey by JUST …

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Achieving Racial Equity Is Integral to Sustainability

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We are observing that sustainability and impact professionals are starting to address racial justice as a part of their work more consistently. Today, we hear from guest blogger Alice Korngold, author, thought leader and President & CEO of Korngold Consulting, who shares her perspectives on why racial equity is fundamental to achieving sustainability. The 2030 …

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How to Talk About Race

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There are few topics that almost instantaneously provoke such strong and unyielding emotions as a discussion about race and racism. Venues where such conversations would have been considered “inappropriate” and off-limits in previous years are now forced to create space AND facilitate conversations about inequality, racism, and institutional oppression. However, many are finding conversations about …

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Philanthropy and Racial Equity: Shifting Focus

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As part of the ongoing work we are doing at Presidio Graduate School (PGS) in the area of equity and social justice, we are hosting an event where we will explore the intersection of racial equity and philanthropy. Corporations and foundations have recently pledged billions of dollars to combat racial equity and justice issues. The …

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Sitting at the Intersection of Inclusion and Impact

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I recently had the pleasure of sitting down and speaking with Melynnie Rizvi who is Deputy General Counsel and Senior Director of Employment, Inclusion, and Impact at SurveyMonkey. Melynnie holds a powerful role which includes leading both diversity and sustainability. We talked about her journey in this work and some of the important things she …

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Alumna Chandra Alexandre: Strengthening Marin County Through Community Action

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In our Changemakers in Action series, we meet dedicated sustainability and social justice leaders and learn how they are bringing about positive change. We’re pleased to launch this series by interviewing PGS alumna Chandra Alexandre, Ph.D., CEO of Community Action Marin, the largest nonprofit human services provider in Marin County. Chandra, who received her MBA …

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Exploring the Role of Leadership in Sustainability: Two Presidians on the Campaign Trail

Sustainability, Social Justice, Community

We regularly interview Presidio Graduate School alumni to learn how they are applying their degrees to address sustainability and social justice challenges in their lives and work. We recently caught up with Bay Area locals Tessa Rudnick (MPA, 2011) and Chance Cutrano (MPA, 2019) on their respective campaign trails. Tessa was most recently the IT …

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Introducing Our Racial Equity in Action Series

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Welcome to our new series, Racial Equity in Action. Here, we will explore how, as sustainability and impact leaders, we can move the needle towards a more equitable and just society. Our series will sit at the intersection of racial justice and social responsibility. It will feature insights from the Presidio community as well as …

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