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Ron Brown Scholar Program Launches Salon Series
The time has come that we all have access to candid and honest conversations about the impact race has on healthcare, access to education, safety, and security. Join us for the beginning of that candid conversation with an eye on realistic and impactful change with current and future leaders. The RBSP Salon Series will take place weekly covering an array of topics and hosting thought leaders across industries.
Previous salon series videos can be viewed by clicking on the titles (active links) below.
July 2, 2020
RBSP Salon Series #4 - Open Mic (A Frank conversation about how to talk about race across races and within a race)
Errol C. Saunders, II is a doctoral student in the department of Curriculum and Teaching. Prior to coming to Teachers College, he taught middle school history for ten years at Hopkins School in New Haven, CT. His research interests include how students’ socialization to types of schooling affect their transitions into new schooling environments, how private schools and teachers conceive of their relationship to formal pedagogy, and public pedagogies of race in the United States. In addition to his educational interests, Errol serves on the boards of the New Haven Land Trust and Urban Resources Initiative because he firmly believes that wholesale engagement in civil society can strengthen communities by building community capacity. He is a Ron Brown Scholar and holds a B.A. in Political Science from Yale University.
Kani is a Vice President at TPG Capital, focused on private equity investments in the Industrials sector. Prior to TPG, Kani spent eight years at Goldman Sachs, six of which in their Principal Investing Area ("PIA") at Goldman Sachs in New York and over three of which in the London office. Kani attended Harvard College, graduating with honors with a major in Political Science, a minor in Economics, and a citation in French. Kani’s interests include history, philosophy, literature, travelling, skiing, and making fresh pastas. She grew up in Miami, Florida and has also spent 5+ years living in England, France, and Switzerland. [She is an enthusiastic member of the Ron Brown Scholar Program Advisory Board.]
June 25, 2020
Caleb Franklin, Ron Brown Scholar, Class of 2001
Caleb is a founder and Managing Partner at Matter Advisors. Caleb currently works in Matter’s Mumbai office representing the company’s clients across the global landscape of media, entertainment, technology and sports. Caleb co-founded Matter in 2017. Previous to this position, Caleb worked for the Creative Artists Agency as the Managing Director for its India operations, representing and packaging opportunities on behalf of leading global companies, brands, and artists for the SAARC region. Caleb graduated with a B.A. in Economics from Harvard University.
June 18, 2020
Hon. Chaz Beasley, State Representative | North Carolina House of Representative, Ron Brown Scholar Class of 2004
Currently, Chaz is representative of the North Carolina House of Representatives (District 92). He cites the Ron Brown Scholar Program in his decision to run, as the Program is a personal example of how a supportive community can transform lives. Through public service, he hopes to put the Program’s values of building genuine relationships and supporting future generations into action. Chaz lives near Charlotte, NC. Strong communities are built upon the idea that the success of one is linked to the success of all. Without the thriving, supportive community of Ron Brown Scholars, Chaz Beasley would not be the person he is today. Born and raised in the foothills of North Carolina, Chaz grew up in a low-income, single-parent home. Facing the challenges of poverty, his family did not have the money to pay for an increasingly-expensive college education. The Ron Brown Scholar Program helped bridge that gap, supporting Chaz as he graduated from Harvard with honors. The Program honed Chaz’s desire to give back. After graduation, Chaz worked to reform the housing industry during the toughest days of the recent economic crisis. His desire to change the way our nation’s laws impact economic growth encouraged him to attend law school at Georgetown.
Ms. Amanda Bass, Federal Public Defender, Ron Brown Scholar Class of 2006
Amanda Bass is an attorney with the Federal Public Defender's Office for the District of Arizona where she represents death-sentenced prisoners in their federal appeals. Amanda served as a member of the two-part legal team working on Julius Jones' federal appeal. Julius Jones was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to death at 19-years old. Jones’ case was the focus of an ABC docu-series called “The Last Defense,” from Oscar-winning actress turned executive producer Viola Davis. https://abcnews.go.com/US/death-row-inmates-legal-team-hopes-dna-testing/story?id=56679140
Prior to joining the Federal Public Defender, Amanda worked on both capital and non-capital post-conviction cases in the South. Amanda graduated from Amherst College in 2010 and then went on to earn her JD from New York University School of Law in 2015.
June 11, 2020
Mr. Aaron S. Williams, Board of Trustees | Ron Brown Scholar Program, @Director of the U.S. Peace Corps (2009 - 2012)
Aaron Williams is senior adviser — emeritus, for international development and government relations at RTI International. Previously at RTI, he was executive vice president of the International Development Group. He served as the 18th director of the U.S. Peace Corps from 2009 to 2012 under former President Barack Obama. Before joining RTI, Williams served as a senior official at the U.S. Agency for International Development. Williams is also an adjunct professor of health policy and management at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s school of global public health.
Mr. Jonathan Greenblatt, Board of Trustees | Ron Brown Scholar Program, @CEO | Anti-Defamation League (ADL)
Jonathan Greenblatt, the CEO and sixth National Director of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), is an accomplished entrepreneur and innovative leader with deep experience in the private, public and non-profit sectors. As chief executive of ADL, Jonathan leads all aspects of one of the most respected civil rights organizations in the country. After his first year at the helm of ADL he was recognized in the NonProfitTimes 2016 “Power & Influence Top 50” list.
Ms. Morgan Harper, 2001 Ron Brown Scholar Alumni
Morgan was born at The Ohio State University Hospital. For the first nine months of her life, she lived in a foster home before being adopted and raised on the east side of Columbus (Berwick) by a Columbus Public Schools teacher. Morgan received financial aid to attend Columbus Academy. She developed an intense commitment to fighting inequality after seeing how opportunities open up, no matter your upbringing, once you're equipped with resources. She later received financial aid with help from the Ron Brown Scholar Program to attend Tufts (BA), Princeton (MA), and Stanford (JD). She spent three years at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) protecting consumers against predatory lenders and most recently at the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) which invests in communities that have been systematically under-resourced. She cares about nothing more than ending economic segregation—which she believes is systemic. She recently run a campaign for congress in Ohio.
Mr. Damian Williams, 1998 Ron Brown Scholar Alumni
Damian Williams is an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York. Damian is a Ron Brown Scholar from the class of 1998. Damian graduated in 2002 from Harvard University, where he majored in economics and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He earned an MPhil in international relations at Cambridge University and also holds a JD from Yale Law School At Harvard, Damian won the Detur Book Award, the John Harvard Scholarship, the Ron Brown Scholarship, the Harris Prize. He was named the Lionel de Jersey Harvard Scholar for 2002, under which he studied at Cambridge. At Yale, he was an editor of The Yale Law Journal. Damian has served on the Board of Directors of Human Rights First, the Council on African American Affairs, and Boys Speak Out. After law school, Damian clerked for Judge Merrick B. Garland on the US Court of Appeals in Washington, DC, and for Justice John Paul Stevens on the US Supreme Court.