Arts & Culture

Building Pro-Black Institutions and Movements

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm | 22 September 2020
Online | $120

This two-part webinar for multi-racial participants aims to disrupt the ways anti-Blackness shows up in organisations and communities.

The facilitated workshop will involve interactive exercises and an experiential dialogue using historical and contemporary information, self-reflection, institutional analysis, visioning, and collective action planning.

A key learning objective of this training is for participants to be more equipped with resources for identifying and undoing anti-Black racism and building pro-Black spaces within teams, organisations and communities.

As a result of participation in this session, participants will develop:

  • Enhanced understanding of how anti-Black racism operates as a fulcrum of white supremacy
  • Deeper analysis of how anti-Black racism distinctly influences institutional culture and inter and intra-personal dynamics within organisational, community and movement spaces
  • Practices and commitments for undoing white supremacy and anti-Blackness, and advancing pro-Black organising spaces as a necessary foundation for racial equity
  • Strategies to be accountable to Black people and communities in the work to build anti-racist organisations and communities.


  • Tuesday, September 22, 2020, 1-3 PM ET
  • Tuesday, September 29, 2020 1-3 PM ET

*Please select the first date when purchasing tickets, and you will be registered for both webinar sessions.

Partial scholarships are available. Please email for more information.

Register here


Fiona Kanagasingam

Fiona Kanagasingam is an equity leader overseeing an organisation’s transformation process to center equity in operations, programmes and services. She has 18 years of professional experience in executive leadership and management, organisational development, and programme development in the nonprofit, public, and private sectors. Most recently, Fiona was Director of Consulting at Community Resource Exchange where she led organisational development engagements focused on equity and inclusion, strategic planning, leadership development, talent management and change management for a range of social justice and public sector organisations. She built and led CRE’s Equity and Inclusion practice and Innovation practices, and led the organisation’s internal racial equity task force. She is the co-founder of the BIPOC Project (a Black, Indigenous and People of Colour solidarity movement).

She also is an adjunct professor at Teachers College, Columbia University. Fiona holds a Bachelor’s degree in Comparative Politics with a concentration in Women’s and Gender Studies from Columbia University, and a Master’s degree in Counselling from Monash University in Victoria, Australia. She is also a certified executive coach.

Merle McGee

Merle McGee is an equity leader with responsibIlity for developing engagement strategies with an equity lens. Merle has extensive experience in nonprofit management, youth development, education, racial justice, and gender equity. She previously served as Chief Programme Officer at the YWCA of the City of New York, where she oversaw multiple program portfolios. Merle recently published a chapter in Change-makers! Practitioners Advance Equity and Access in Out-of-School Time Programs on youth development, race, and critical practice. Merle received her Bachelor’s degree from New York University and holds a Master’s of Science in Non-Profit Management from the Milano School of International Affairs, Management and Urban Policy at New School University. She is the co-founder of the BIPOC Project (a Black, Indigenous and People of Colour solidarity movement). Merle has been an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Public Administration at the Wagner School of Public Service at New York University, where she taught nonprofit consulting and Race and Identity in Organisations.


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