Join Us! Lunch-and-Learn Series With Institute for Black Justice

Eyes on the Prize: Illuminating the Hidden Assets of Families Through a Dignity-Based Approach

Homeward House Collaborative is honored to host and sponsor this special lunch-and-learn series featuring Carol Mitchell, J.D., M.A., Founder and Director of the Institute for Black Justice (IBJ).

Free registration is open to all and will feature insights on culturally responsive prevention services, common forms of bias in the dependency process, and strategies for affecting change.

The three-session series will take place over Zoom on the following dates:

Session 1: Wednesday, April 10, 12 to 1 p.m.
Session 2: Wednesday, May 15, 12 to 1 p.m.
Session 3: Wednesday, June 12, 12 to 1 p.m.

Session 1, April 10 — How We See It

The IBJ CHIMES (Community is Here Intervening for More Equitable Solutions) Perspective on the Power and Value of Family. This session introduces participants to the IBJ’s mission, vision, and values which underlie its two primary family advocacy programs, CHIMES and BABAS. We will explain how IBJ’s dignity-based approach and priority focus on Black and Brown parents is highly effective in moving families from surviving to thriving.

Session 2, May 15 — Zooming In

Mitigating Personal Bias Among the Good-Intentioned. This session highlights the types of bias IBJ assesses and documents as part of its family advocacy services. We will discuss the impact of race, gender, class and culture on the behavior of systems actors with “good intentions.” Participants will explore their own culturally-informed perceptions of “appropriate” discipline, communication, and lifestyle.

Session 3, June 12 — Removing the Blinders

Systemic Strategies for Eradicating Bias and Liberating Families from Over-Regulation. This session highlights IBJ’s quasi-legal advocacy in cases where they assess that systemic and structural bias are having a negative impact on child welfare decision-making. We will discuss the many entry points of systemic bias and IBJ’s various strategies for affecting change, including individual and legislative advocacy and free community education.

We hope to see you there! For questions, please contact Homeward House Advancement Manager, Sarah Norman at