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Imagine LA Hosts Panel on Issues of Equity and Inclusion

Local nonprofit Imagine LA is hosting an important conversation, open to the public, on how organizations can become more equitable and inclusive, this Friday at noon.

The idea for the conversation grew out of the anti-poverty group’s recent experience in the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting  economic recession, along with the current national reckoning with racism.

Jill Bauman, President and CEO of Imagine LA and a Windsor Village resident, has assembled a panel discussion to help organizations reflect on their values and establish practices that push against systems of oppression for their staff and clients. Imagine LA’s mission is to end the cycle of poverty and homelessness for families by transforming lives through a unique combination of clinical case management, financial wellness pathways, and whole-family mentorship. And for Bauman, these concepts are more than buzz words. They are practices that have real implications in the daily lives of the clients she is trying to help.

Bauman has invited Charmaine Utz, founder and CEO of Living Unapologetically, a consulting firm dedicated to helping organizations achieve their equity and inclusion objectives, to serve as moderator for the virtual panel, with leaders from YMCA of San Diego County, San Diego State University, and Walt Disney Imagineering. The following panelists will speak about the actions they are taking action to build more equitable organizations and communities:

  • Krysta Esquivel, Executive Director, YMCA of San Diego County, Youth & Family Services
  • Jennifer Tucker-Tatlow, Executive Director, San Diego State University, Academy for Professional Excellence
  • Barbara Bouza, FAIA, President, Business Operations, Design & Delivery, Walt Disney Imagineering

“I am so proud that Imagine LA is bringing this timely and meaningful conversation to the community and welcome everyone to join us,” Bauman told the Buzz.

For more information about joining the free virtual conversation, “Rising Together: Building Equity in Organizations,” this Friday at 12:00 noon click here.


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Patricia Lombard
Patricia Lombard
Patricia Lombard is the publisher of the Larchmont Buzz. Patty lives with her family in Fremont Place. She has been active in neighborhood issues since moving here in 1989. Her pictorial history, "Larchmont" for Arcadia Press is available at Chevalier's Books.

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