The rumors are true! Our signature television program, Civil Society, is BACK and returns for season 4 in an all-new virtual format as we explore the experiences of People of Color in Austin.

This 8-part series will focus on the Black Experience in Austin, as Barry Silverberg (Director, Center for Nonprofit Studies at ACC), converses with guests on the topics listed below as well as engaging with guests about their personal journeys and lessons learned along the way. More information about the series and the full calendar line-up can be found below.
Join us for an brand new episode of Civil Society,

THIS THURSDAY, July 9th @ 10 AM

with special guest, Khayree Williams, Director of Austin Community College’s Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation Campus Center (TRHT). We'll chat with Khayree about why TRHT exists, what impact it is seeking to achieve, how it will achieve those desired outcomes, and how you can get involved with its work. We will also explore how Khayree came to this important work as Director of TRHT and the lessons learned along the way that can be of benefit to all of us.
7/02/20 – Black Heritage in Austin with Pamela Benson Owens,
Interim Director Six Square, Austin's Black Cultural District

7/09/20 – The Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation Campus Center with Khayree Williams,
Center Director of TRHT at ACC

7/16/20 – The Impact of Huston-Tillotson University on Austin with Dr. Colette Pierce Burnette,
Sixth President and CEO

7/23/20 – Black Business in Austin with Tam Hawkins,
President & CEO, Greater Austin Black Chamber of Commerce

7/30/20 – Nonprofit Racial Leadership Gap in Central Texas with Sean Thomas Brietfeld & Ofronama Biu,
Co-Director of the Building Movement Project/
Co-Author of Race to Lead Revisited & 
Senior Research Associate/writer of the Central Texas report

8/06/20 – White Privilege with Froswa Booker-Drew,
Vice President, Community Affairs,
Strategic Alliances at State Fair of Texas

8/13/20 - The George Washington Carver Museum, Cultural, and Genealogy Center with Carre Adams,
iCurator/Culture & Arts Manager at the Carver Museum, Cultural and Genealogy Center

8/20/20 - Exploring Black History in Austin with kYmberly Keeton,
African American Community Archivist and Librarian, Austin History Center &
Austin Public Library

All episodes will be conducted live on Thursdays from 10-11 AM and will allow for a 30-minute conversation between Silverberg and his guests, followed by conversation with the audience. Episodes will be recorded and posted on the Center for Nonprofit Studies' Civil Society webpage.
This program is guided by CNS' Racial Equity Statement as of June 15, 2020. Through Civil Society, we aim to heighten consciousness, educate and motivate personal and organizational change by incorporating a racial equity lens in our understanding, and provide appreciation of our diverse community.

This series will be followed by similar series on the Latinx Experience in Austin, the Asian Experience in Austin, and the Native American Experience in Austin. We welcome recommendations on topics and people to interview for these series. Email:

Traditional business networking functions are all about posturing and performance. Rarely do they give you a realistic glimpse of the person across from you. Typically, the same old tired lines are recited. Business cards are exchanged. And then what usually happens? Nothing. Pointless, right?

That's why we're excited to announce a new way of networking, even amidst this virtual world we're all living in! Join us for 8 Minute Ripples with Steve Harper as we discover a deeper level and engagement in talk that matters – talk that transforms. It's time to reform the ineffective way we do networking. We bet you’ll be surprised how just a few well placed questions can open up a world of potential for you!


You can learn more about Steve's 8 Minute Ripples and the origin of this idea by visiting his website. Please note, these series of Ripples will be conducted via Zoom breakout rooms.

Thanks to everyone who has learned about and/or created listings as part of The City of Austin's How to Help Campaign! In the first month alone, the campaign has helped to connect dozens of volunteers and donations and supported more than $50,000 in fundraising.

To continue this momentum and to help more organizations respond to COVID-19, the City of Austin and GivePulse will host a webinar next week, Wednesday July 9th from 10-11 AM about the campaign and fundraising on the GivePulse platform. Raise Money on GivePulse: How to Help your How to Help will provide an overview of the campaign, example of how it's working, tips for fundraising success, and a live Q&A.

You’re doing critical work in our community to respond to COVID-19 and we want to help you raise the funds to get it done. We are are a proud community partner in this campaign and hope this webinar can be used to raise your bottom line. Together, we can keep our community healthy, safe, and engaged!
This summer, we are proud to present an array of learning opportunities that address engaging and timely topics relevant to the nonprofit sector. Take a look at the classes listed below and sign up to attend the learning opportunities that resonate with you!

8 Minute Ripples
July 9th | 4:30 - 6 PM | Steve Harper

Introduction to Racial Equity Work:
The Journey Ahead

July 13th | 12 - 2 PM | Charlotte Caples

Networking: Building Relationships
July 16th | 9 - 11 AM | Kymberli Speight 

GET S.M.A.R.T. - Goals & Objectives that Drive Success
July 20th | 12 - 2:30 PM | Tammy Holland

Mastering the Art of Feedback
July 22nd | 12 - 1:30 PM | Tammy Holland

Embracing a New Norm thru Impactful Family-School Partnerships
July 23rd | 9-10 AM | Sheri Doss

Get that Grant! Grant Writing Basics for Nonprofits
July 27th | 9 AM - 12 PM | Susannah Erler

As a reminder, many of our online learning opportunities have begun transitioning into a Pay What You Can (PWYC) sliding scale. You can learn more about this pricing system here, which will allow us to continue to offer quality programming while also addressing the financials challenges many are faced with at this present time.
As a reminder, our virtual self-care series continues on through the month of July! Lacy Alana (LCSW, MSSW, RSW) leads sessions on Self-Care and Humor each week for some much needed "me time" and personal focus and wellness.

All are welcome as we engage in learning, connection, and FUN! You can register for these sessions here.
Our future is clear without leadership and equity...

"A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices."
-- William James

(An American philosopher and psychologist, and the first educator to offer a psychology course in the United States.)
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