Systemic Racism: Disasters Expose It – How Do We Address It?

Host Organization: Center for Disaster Philanthropy


Racism is ever-present in our society, but for those who are not Black, Indigenous or People of Color (BIPOC), it is sometimes easy to brush it aside. However, disasters lay bare the inequities that exist in societies around the world.

COVID-19 has been a clear example of how disasters exacerbate racism as BIPOC communities have suffered more cases and deaths, disproportionate socio-economic impacts and have reduced vaccination rates. For communities to recovery after a disaster, philanthropy needs to understand the impact of racism, address root causes and explore how to best support BIPOC-led and BIPOC-serving organizations before, during and after disasters.

The Center for Disaster Philanthropy (CDP) is hosting a webinar to look at how COVID-19 and other disasters make the presence of systemic racism more obvious. Speakers will share practical tips to increase funding for equity and anti-racism work, as well as supporting BIPOC organizations responding to crises in their communities.

This webinar is part of Equity in Disasters, a series of blog posts, webinars and other resources highlighting systemic racial and intersectional equity issues linked with communities’ abilities to recover from and withstand future disasters.

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