Community Resilience | Race, Equity & Accountability in San Francisco
“When white folks catch a cold, black folks get pneumonia.” — African-American proverb. While we endure this global pandemic, MoAD will highlight the work being done to keep our community resilient in the face of Covid-19.
Join us for a program that examines how race, equity and accountability are being considered by the city of San Francisco during the coronavirus pandemic and the new attention on police accountability. Both realities disproportionately impact people of color. How will the city protect it’s Black and Brown communities from this double pandemic of covid-19 and police brutality? Our panelists include Sheryl Davis, Executive Director of the San Francisco Human Rights Commission, Paul Henderson, Executive Director of the San Francisco Department of Police Accountability, and Shakirah Simley, Director of the Office of Racial Equity of the City and County of San Francisco. The program will be moderated by Mike’l D. Gregory.
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Sheryl Evans Davis is the Executive Director of the San Francisco Human Rights Commission. Over the last year Davis has been helping build out an equity framework with community stakeholders and city departments in San Francisco. Davis earned her BA from San Francisco State, an MPA from the University of San Francisco and is currently pursuing an Ed.D. from the University of Southern California
Paul David Henderson is a nationally recognized expert in criminal justice reform, a veteran prosecutor and progressive champion for social justice. The former chief under Kamala Harris, and then Deputy Chief of staff for former Mayor Ed Lee, Paul David Henderson, currently serves as Executive Director of the San Francisco Department of Police Accountability (SFDPA). Director Henderson is respected as a credible voice in decision-making and champion for progressive change.
Shakirah Simley is the inaugural Director for the newly-established Office of Racial Equity for the City and County of San Francisco. Shakirah received her undergraduate degree with honors from the University of Pennsylvania, and received her Master’s degree at the University Of Gastronomic Sciences (UNISG) in Italy via a Fulbright research scholarship. Shakirah is recognized widely for her food work; she has been recognized as change-maker by the Berkeley Food Institute, CUESA, Cherry Bombe, and Zagat. The daughter of a social worker, and granddaughter of a Black Panther, Shakirah was born and raised in Harlem, New York, and has lived in San Francisco for over 12 years.
Mike’l D. Gregory is a first-generation third-year Communications Studies major with minors in Biology and African American studies on the Pre-Medical track at the University of San Francisco (USF). On-campus Mike’l is a Team Lead for the Orientation Team (GO Team), University Ambassador, member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., and an inaugural member of the Black Scholars Program. Passionate about serving both USF and the greater San Francisco community, you will find him active in a host of organizations and opportunities.
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