Sep 6th 2018

Have you ever tried to show someone the impact of injustice and left feeling frustrated or defeated? You’re not alone. Talking about race and equity is difficult for most of us — but it’s one of the most important conversations to have to bridge our differences and build a better Chicago. So how can we reframe conversations around structural racism to be productive for everyone?

Chicago United for Equity works with civic leaders in schools, neighborhoods, and city-wide organizations to active racial equity throughout the city. They have been involved in conducting public Racial Equity Impact Assessments on the closures of the National Teachers Academy and four high schools in Englewood, as well as on a proposed redesign of Milwaukee Avenue and the Logan Square monument area. Learn more:

CUE Co-founder and Executive Director Niketa Brar leads our 77th Public Newsroom. She’ll kick things off by presenting on CUE and their work across the city, and then transition into an interactive activity where guests will get a chance to simulate reframing a tricky conversation about racism. We encourage participants to think of challenges they face in advancing racial equity and bring those to the table–this is an open dialogue, attendees can bring their full selves.

This event is part of City Bureau’s #PublicNewsroom programming, a series of free, weekly workshops and discussions aimed at building trust between journalists and the communities they serve while shaping a more inclusive newsroom.

For more info on past and future Public Newsroom workshops and to becoming a sustaining member of City Bureau, visit

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