Change Starts Here: Webinar Series

Brooklyn Community Foundation Presents / Change Starts Here: A Webinar Series

The Change Starts Here webinar series builds on the work of organizations and communities supported through Brooklyn Community Foundation’s Brooklyn COVID-19 Response Fund. The Fund’s first phase distributed $3.3 million through 420 grants to grassroots organizations across the borough. Its second phase begins with a community engagement process called Brooklyn Insights 2020 that gathers the ideas and insights of hundreds of residents in communities of color in order to identify and invest in strategies for the future. 

​This series consists of conversations with experts and notables in the space, scheduled from April through June 2021

Please note: there will be live Closed Captioning available during each webinar. Watch discussions from past webinar series below.



Change Starts Here: Brooklyn Insights 2020

Mon. April 5, 12:30PM - 1:30PM EST | WATCH HERE

In Fall 2020 we launched Phase 2 of our Brooklyn COVID-19 Response Fund, beginning with Brooklyn Insights 2020, an extensive community engagement process to inform an additional $3M in grants. Join Executive Director of viBe Theater Experience Toya Lillard, Brooklyn Elders Fund Advisory Council Member Samuel Manning, our Brooklyn Insights 2020 Community Engagement Consultant Renee K. Smith, and our VP of Programs and Partnerships Marcella Tillett as we share the findings of these community discussions, including community-led solutions to barriers of systemic inequity. 

Headshots of Toya Lillard, Samuel Manning, Renee K. Smith, and Marcella Tillett

From left: Toya Lillard, Samuel Manning, Renee K. Smith, and Marcella Tillett

Change Starts Here: Fighting AAPI Hate

Wed. April 21, 12:30PM - 1:30PM EST | VIDEO COMING SOON

Local community-based organizations have been mobilizing to combat racism and violence against Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities as xenophobic attacks have risen in the past weeks and months. Join us for a conversation with WABC-TV New York Reporter CeFaan Kim, Chief of Staff at Chinese-American Planning Council Alice Wong, Executive Director of Asian American Federation Jo-Ann Yoo, and Executive Director of Homecrest Community Services Karen Zhou as they discuss what has been missing from the greater conversation and how communities can unite in solidarity to effectively disrupt and repair the harm caused by anti-AAPI discrimination and racism.

Headshot images of CeFaan Kim, Alice Wong, Jo-Ann Yoo, and Karen Zhou

From left: CeFaan Kim, Alice Wong, Jo-Ann Yoo, and Karen Zhou

Change Starts Here: Immigration & Biden's First 100 Days

Tues. April 27, 12:30PM - 1:30PM EST | VIDEO COMING SOON

By the end of April, the Biden administration will reach its 100 day milestone—a traditional benchmark in the path of a presidential administration. Join us for a conversation with Murad Awawdeh, Executive Director of New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC), Abraham Paulos, Deputy Director at Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI), and Mazin Sidahmed, Co-Executive Director at Documented as we discuss the most pressing issues facing immigrant communities right now—both on the local and national level—in the context of the new White House administration.

Image group with headshot of Mazin Sidahmed, BAJI's logo, and headshot of Murad Awawdeh

From left: Mazin Sidahmed, BAJI's logo, and Murad Awawdeh


Change Starts Here: 'The Sum of Us' with Heather McGhee in conversation with Rabbi Rachel Timoner

Tues. May 11, 12:30PM - 1:30PM EST | WATCH HERE

Heather McGhee’s specialty is the American economy—and the mystery of why it so often fails the American public. From the financial crisis to rising student debt to collapsing public infrastructure, she found a common root problem: racism. But not just in the most obvious indignities for people of color. Racism has costs for white people, too. It is the common denominator of our most vexing public problems, the core dysfunction of our democracy and constitutive of the spiritual and moral crises that grip us all. But how did this happen? And is there a way out? Join Brooklyn Community Foundation Board member Rabbi Rachel Timoner of Congregation Beth Elohim (CBE) for a powerful conversation with author, activist, and Brooklyn Community Foundation inaugural Fair and Just Fellow  Heather McGhee discussing her new book 'The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together.' 'The Sum of Us' is a brilliant analysis of how our nation arrived here: divided and self-destructing, materially rich but spiritually starved and vastly unequal.


From left: Image group of Heather McGhee, the cover of her book 'The Sum of Us', and Rabbi Rachel Timoner

From left: Heather McGhee, 'The Sum of Us', and Rabbi Rachel Timoner


Change Starts Here: COVID-19 Healthcare Equity & Trust

Tues. May 18, 12:30PM - 1:30PM EST | VIDEO COMING SOON

As we announce new grants from our Brooklyn COVID-19 Response Fund for frontline health outreach, education, and navigation in Brooklyn communities of color this Spring, we are gathering local experts to discuss vast inequities in both treatment and vaccination during the pandemic—in the context of a system that has historically abused and neglected Black, indigenous and other people of color—and the steps that need to be taken now to repair harm, build trust, and ensure self-determination in care. Join us for this conversation with Oni Blackstock (MD, MHS), Founder and Executive Director at Health Justice, Torian Easterling (MD, MPH), First Deputy Commissioner & Chief Equity Officer at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Jairo Gúzman, founder and president of the Mexican Coalition, and Colette Pean, Executive Director at East New York Restoration Local Development Corp.

Image group: portrait image of Dr. Blackstock, portrait  image of Dr. Easterling

From left: Dr. Oni Blackstock, Dr. Torian Easterling




Spark Change for Justice: Critical Conversations for Community-Led Change

5 Webinars, September-December 2020 | WATCH HERE

Brooklyn Community Foundation’s Spark Change for Justice: Critical Conversations for Community-Led Change webinar series focused on racial justice, how the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated oppressive systems that harm communities of color, and critical work that is happening right here in Brooklyn by Foundation grantees.  


 Brooklyn COVID-19 Response Fund Webinar Series 

6 Webinars, March-June 2020 | WATCH HERE

Our Brooklyn COVID-19 Response Fund Webinar Series focused on the scope and impact of the Fund across the borough in the intital months of our COVID-19 response, featuring the integral work of our frontline grantee partners.