Celebrating Black Lives: Examining History, Uplifting Joy, and Building Power
Just in time for Black History Month, our first Camp Equity Deep Dive will spend six weeks exploring the power, resilience, and joy of Black communities in the U.S. Through youth rights to legal movements, music and art and more, we are excited to bring powerful leaders from various sectors to explore and discover. All sessions of camp will be hosted by our Co-founder and CEO, Donnie Belcher. Stay tuned as we begin to announce news instructors for this session, and see the instructors already on board!
We will run two concurrent sessions of this Deep Dive:
Camp for 3rd – 7th graders will take place on Tuesday evenings from 6:30pm-8pm Eastern Time. The first session of camp will take place on Tuesday, February 2nd and the last session of camp will take place on Tuesday, March 9th.
Camp for 8th – 12th graders will take place on Wednesday evenings, also from 6:30 – 8pm Eastern Time. The first session of camp will take place on Wednesday, February 3rd and the last session of camp will take place on Wednesday, March 10th.
We will also run three affinity groups for campers, described below:
- Healing Space for Black Campers, Led by Donnie Belcher, Co-Founder and CEO
- Building Community for Non-Black IPOC Campers, Led by TBD
- Aspiring Allyship for White Campers, Led by Lauren Burke, Co-Founder and COO
Affinity groups take place on Saturdays while camp is in session with space for campers in 3rd -7th grades taking place from 5-6pm ET and space for campers in 8th – 12th grade taking place from 6-7pm ET. The sessions will be from Saturday Feb 6th – Saturday March 13th.
Camp Equity 101
Our pilot session of Camp Equity brought together over 150 campers from over 30 states to engage in a twelve week inquiry on topics from climate change to racial equity.
In addition to our twelve weekly meetings, we held special sessions in the wake of the initial judgment in the case of Breonna Taylor, a session debriefing the U.S. Presidential election, and career sessions exploring the career paths of our leadership team.
- Week One: Opening Address from Caroline Randall Williams
- Week Two: Media Equity with Tony Weaver Jr
- Week Three: Economic Justice with Carlos Mark Vera
- Week Four: Indigenous Rights with Lolofi Soakai
- Week Five: Immigrant Power with Vanessa Luna
- Week Six: Disability Rights with Sara Minkara
- Week Seven: LGBTQ Power with Elise Schuster
- Week Eight: Racial Equity with William Jackson
- Week Nine: Voting Rights with Maria Yuan
- Week Ten: Climate Justice with Scott Briscoe
- Week Eleven: Criminal Justice with Cory Greene
- Week Twelve: Camp Closing and Certification