School’s Out Washington’s annual Bridge Conference is a multi-day regional convening focused on exploring, celebrating, and influencing our collective field(s) through the act of solidarity and unified learning. Expanded learning professionals, community organizers, school district representatives, funders, policymakers, and systems leaders gather to engage with a diverse range of knowledge, people, and perspectives; identify the ways that racial inequities impact youth, expanded learning opportunities, and educational outcomes; experience a sense of belonging to nourish social connection and professional networking; learn how to implement tangible practices that promote an equitable expanded learning opportunity ecosystem; and strive to recognize power dynamics throughout programs and systems and begin to strategize how to co-create stronger partnerships across sectors. Join us at the 2020 Bridge Conference from Tuesday, October 27 – Friday, October 30, 2020. 

2020 Bridge ConferenceThe Seeds We Sow, emphasizes intention in the act of reimagination. Only together, as a collective, will we solidify a new foundation that intertwines our cultures, values, and leadership to nourish all our young people’s excellence and right to thrive.

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Wednesday, October 28 • 12:30pm - 2:30pm
Race & Equity: Transforming Organizations for the Long Haul

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There is an unwavering sense of urgency felt more deeply and by many more as the country reckons with systemic oppression. OST leaders are vocalizing their alliance against racism and to doing more to address inequities. Many are asking themselves where to start and how to go deeper. Dismantling systems of oppression requires a commitment to the long haul - to a sustainable organization-wide way of being. This is typically not comfortable, especially as we look honestly at the ways we consciously and unconsciously create and uphold barriers as the individuals that make-up these systems. This session offers a space to explore concrete policies and practices that hinder and foster equity-driven organizations and systems change. You’ll have the opportunity to reflect on existing practices and policies within your organization and will identify a road map toward sustainable transformation.


Ruth Obel-Jorgensen

Senior Partner, Thrive Paradigm
With 20+ years of experience and education in the nonprofit social justice sector, Ruth Obel-Jorgensen has worked to create systems change through values-driven leadership and practices that advance equity. As the former executive director of the California School-Age Consortium... Read More →

Wednesday October 28, 2020 12:30pm - 2:30pm PDT
Zoom- Meeting