Repair the World recently launched our High Holiday campaign, focused on advancing racial justice and building relationships between communities. There are many different ways to get involved (Learn about the root causes of racial injustice in America. Host or attend a Turn the Tables dinner. Take action in solidarity with our neighbors as a multiracial Jewish community.) – and we encourage you to explore them all.
Meanwhile, we will be introducing you to some of our favorite change makers. First up is Courtney D Sharpe – an inspiring leader in the social and racial justice fields, a friend and collaborator of Repair the World, and a recent graduate from Harvard Graduate School of Design, where she earned a Masters in Urban Planning. Sharpe took a minute to speak with Repair about feeling vulnerable (and then empowered) while hosting a Turn the Tables dinner, and why engaging in social justice work strengthens her Jewish identity.
Tell me about your background with social justice and racial justice-focused work?
Most recently I co-chaired the Black in Design conference at Harvard. The purpose was to bring to the forefront the contributions of people of color in design as well as explore issues on development and equity in communities of color. Lots of people care about these issues, but there had never been a forum dedicated to them, so that was amazing to be a part of.