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Moving Beyond “Performative” Diversity Commitments

Social Justice, Community

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

Social Justice, Community

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

Social Justice, Community

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

Social Justice, Community

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

Social Justice, Community

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

Social Justice, Community

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

Social Justice, Community

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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People with a Soul: Truth—A Response to the Recent Crimes Against Humanity

Social Justice, Community

Even as these times shine a light on the legacy of systemic racism, they are also revealing the work of patient, generative heroes among us. In that spirit, I wanted to share this letter from my office landlord, Wesley Alexander, the CEO of Co-Biz Richmond—a co-working and business incubator space committed to fostering community wealth …

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Cathy Sims

Announcing the Recipient of the Spiekhout Scholarship, Cathy Sims

Presidio News, Social Justice, Student Experience

John A. Spiekhout was a pillar of his community who believed passionately in social justice. The John A. Spiekhout Scholarship honors his legacy through generous funding from his family, including alum Rebekah Helzel, Linda Mantel, and the Helzel Family Foundation. This year, we are proud to announce that the recipient of this scholarship is Cathy …

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