CHAT FOR A CAUSE
We’re all aware that these are crucial times in our country’s history and that may leave each of us feeling uninformed, disconnected or just disengaged. MISS Academy is offering this opportunity to come together and connect over a common goal: cultural awareness. No matter your ethnicity or background, we all hold the power to make change and it begins with conversation, starting with the girl in the mirror.
PANELISTS LINE UP
AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORIAN
Damon Russell is a United States Army veteran who served his country for 8 years. He has been an ordained member of the clergy since 1997 and has received a number of evangelism awards as well as the Bravo Award from the City of Houston for his work in the community. Damon holds degrees in Psychology, Theology, Business Management and Administration. He also minored in African American Studies. Mr. Russell is a member of the Red Cross, United Way, Urban League, Black MBA Association, and many other community organizations. His philanthropic efforts includes volunteering as a counselor during the Columbine tragedy. During hurricanes Rita, Katrina, and Harvey he put his project management skills to use helping families repair their homes. He also volunteers at crisis centers, telephone help lines, the Houston Food Bank, and the Star of Hope Mission. Damon’s desire to empower, enlighten, and encourage mankind to be the best they can be is what drives him to live a purposeful life. He lives his life by this mantra “if you change the way you look at things, the things you look at will change”.
Monica Lewis is a leading expert in the industry of etiquette and protocol. With more than ten years of experience, Mrs. Lewis is renowned for her vibrant personality and highly interactive presentation skills. She is the author of “Say Yes to Manners”, “Practice Good Manners” Workbook and co-author of the “Breaking BAD in Business” series. As an author, motivational speaker, wife, and mother, Monica is committed to bringing a positive change everywhere she goes and she also devotes many hours to mentoring teenage girls and boys across the country, including MISS Academy.
HERE’S WHAT WE’LL DISCUSS
AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY
- Beginnings – we will go back briefly to where it began – Africa. We will take a look at where in Africa most slaves came from and when and how they were transported to the US.
- Welcome to America – we take a look at the journey to America and what this formative period in time looked like for African Americans as slaves.
- Post-slavery – From the abolition of slavery to now a post-modern society, we look at key markers in this journey that have brought us to where we are today.
MODERN DAY RACISM
- Awareness – increase your awareness of the fact that racism is alive in today’s society and get some insight into how its effects are felt by marginalized communities.
- How it shows up – Get real-life examples of how racism shows up in today’s world and is felt by minorities, whether by police brutality, job inequalities, immigration policies or more.
- Effects – find out how modern day racism affects minorities today and how these effects can lead to the detriment of individuals and communities as a result of their ethnicity.
SOCIAL MEDIA ETIQUETTE
- Appropriate or not?- We will give you guidelines on how to assess whether your content is appropriate to post or not. Even if you aren’t sure, these suggestions should help.
- Offensive Content – learn what content is considered offensive, to whom, and why so. This will help you stay out of trouble online and keep your content above board.
- Beating the bullies – learn how to engage and disengage. With many people entitled to their opinion on public forums online, we will show you how to engage the bullies in conversation yet disengage their tactics so you can maintain a safe space online.
WAYS TO HELP THE CAUSE
- How to take action – sometimes we have great ideas but don’t know translate them into action. Or we may not even know what action we wan to take. We will help you with suggestions of ways that you can take personal action in support of the cause.
- How to get involved – sometimes you may not be able to take any action on your own, but you can support others who are. We will provide resources for ways that you can contribute of your time or resources to organizations and persons that are already committed to doing the work that will result in change.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
This chat is geared towards pageant titleholders, contestants, pageant directors, potential contestants and pageant sponsors. Anyone else is still welcome to join us.
Yes, because of the sensitive nature of our discussions, we ask all participants to be 13 years and over.
This chat will be held on June 18 2020 from 6 – 7:30 PM CST.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we will be hosting this chat over ZOOM. Once you have registered, we will send you a link so you can participate.
Most certainly. This is a community chat and after our speakers finish their presentations, there will be a time for questions, feedback and discussions.
This is a FREE event. Simply reserve your spot above and look out for the link in your email.