6/24/2020 - Fairfield Faces Racism

Fairfield CARES Community Coalition
The Town Resource For Healthy Choices

Fairfield Faces Racism 

“If not now, when?” – Hillel the Elder

On behalf of Fairfield Social Services and Fairfield CARES thank you to all took the time to attend Fairfield Faces Racism on June 24th. Dr. Gottlieb gave us a great foundation from which we can continue to grow and learn about how we, as individuals and together as a community, will be able to make Fairfield more inclusive and accepting for all residents.

Please click here for a copy of the presentation slides and here for resources from the program.

Our thanks to First Selectwoman Brenda Kupchick and Selectwoman Nancy Lefkowitz for their support and involvement in the program. The First Selectwoman is establishing an Equality and Justice Task Force to be co-chaired by Selectwoman Lefkowitz. Please click here to read the Fairfield Citizen article about the Task Force and click here for the website. If you would like more information please email Nancy Lefkowitz:

About the presenter:

Mara Gottlieb, PHD, is the founder of Talking Changes and holds a PhD and a Masters in Social Work, both from New York University. In addition to teaching and guest lecturing at several universities, she has worked with esteemed clients such as the Anti-Defamation League, Good Shepherds Services, ACS, DCF, DMHAS, The Child Center of NY, the Connecticut Women's Consortium, Hartford District Court, and many more.

Moderated by Nancy Lefkowitz, Selectwoman, Fairfield, CT

There is no better time than the present day to understand racism and its toxic effects on all of us, regardless of our skin color. But we cannot confront what we don't know how to discuss, or educate with information we don’t have. This honest, informative training will get participants started on the path to productively addressing issues of race, racism, and skin color privilege.

We will discuss the socially-constructed meanings of skin color and race, and the resulting impact of racism in the United States. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about practical solutions that empower us to debunk and dismantle structural and individual racism and be provided with resources.