In 2020, Chlo'e Edwards founded Virginia's first Racial Truth & Reconciliation Week, which birthed the Racial Truth & Reconciliation Virginia Campaign. Welcome to Voices for Virginia's Children's Racial Truth & Reconciliation Virginia Campaign's third annual Racial Truth & Reconciliation Week (RTRW). The mission of RTRW is to empower the voices and experiences of marginalized communities in acknowledgement of truth to promote healing, reconciliation, and justice. Since its inception in 2020, this week has been a time to reflect on personal and organizational growth related to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice. This year, RTRW celebrates good troublemaking and young changemakers by inviting attendees to look towards what will sustain and further the progress that has been made, while encouraging continued growth and transformation, personally and professionally.
Why was the year 2020 the rise of white empathy and passion for social justice? We all have heard of the murder of Emmet Till in 1955, the brutal beating of Rodney King in 1991, the murder of Trayvon Martin in 2012. The timeline lives on until the most recent murder of Malachi Carroll in Henrico, Virginia July 14, 2022. This workshop will propose ways in which what is just and right is often dependent upon the white timing of empathy for social justice. It will further explore the root causes of the way in which the white dominant cultural norm surveillances social justice, and the outcomes in which it leads to. Furthermore, we will explore symptoms of internalized racism and oppression and ways in which people of color also conform to the white dominant cultural norm. We will close in actionable tools to avoid the trendiness and performativity of social justice movements and strategies to overcoming whiteness. You are encouraged to register for the Good Troublemaking- Strategies for Professionals, Organizations, and Community Leaders workshop to delve into deeper actionable steps following this presentation. This presentation is offered through Transformative Change LLC’s Woke Literacy Institute. For more information on the Chlo’e Edwards Brands, visit www.ChloeIEdwards.com.
Presenter: Chlo’e Edwards
Good Trouble highlights the rhetorical tension between “Good” and “Trouble.” This is a tension that has been replicated itself across decades and is grounded in the legacy of civil rights activities making intentional acts of troublemaking to dismantle unjust and oppressive laws, policies, and practices. Good Trouble is referred to as the process of finding a way to get in trouble or necessary trouble to disrupt, to protest, to interrupt, to persist, a legacy, one in which Congressman John Lewis carried in his own work. When the activist body takes up space, resistance may occur. Oppression is felt and lived in the way in which the activist physically moves through the world. Therefore, the process of Troubling refers to the process of continuous action. While many have heard the trendy term, little know good troublemaking is a theory, thus we will dive into realistic ways to implement good troublemaking in action and ways to resist the status quo within your work, institutions, and communities. The goal is to promote and aspiration in developing solutions to systemic issues endured day-to-day. What does good troublemaking look like within your institution, and what are ways in which youth shake up good trouble in their schools? Do they get in trouble for it? We will explore concepts related to equity detours and resistance to give participants more tools in their toolbox.
Presenter: Chlo’e Edwards
Trauma-informed care continues to become a prevalent approach in schools and agencies that serve young people who have been exposed to trauma. However, while trauma-informed care offers an important lens to supporting young people who have been harmed, it also has limitations. People are more than what has happened to them. People are more than their trauma. Healing-centered engagement, founded by Dr. Shawn Ginwright, is an asset-based approach that recognizes people are not harmed in a vacuum. A healing centered approach to addressing trauma requires a different question that moves beyond “what happened to you” to “what’s right with you” and views those exposed to trauma as agents in the creation of their own well-being rather than victims of traumatic events. This approach is holistic, involving culture, spirituality, civic action, and collective healing. It views trauma, not simply as an individual isolated experience, but rather highlights the ways in which trauma and healing are experienced collectively. Learn more about this approach from a cohort of practitioners practicing healing-centered engagement in their personal lives in addition to their professions.
Presenters: Ram Bhagat, Christina Bowman-Peterson, Chlo’e Edwards & Trey Hartt
Voices for Virginia's Children, through their Uplifting Voices series and in celebration of Black History Month, interviewed cousins, Chlo'e Edwards and Aaliyana Carr (student and youth advocate) about what led them to discover their voice, where they see their advocacy leading them, and more.
VPM launched Racism: Challenging Perceptions in 2020 to explore the social, cultural and economic impact of racism on our community. Through conversations with local experts and leaders, we look at the disparities racism creates within our systems including: education, wealth building and housing. We encourage participants to use the information from the series to have authentic and informed dialogue with family members and friends on race and racism.
Our second installment of Challenging Perceptions examines the progress and promises toward dismantling historic racist systems. These discussions will continue to explore community initiatives and efforts to create a more equitable world. Each discussion is hosted on Zoom and recorded for later release on VPM platforms. Participate in the discussion online on the VPM Facebook and Twitter pages.
Learn about Chlo’e Edwards, Community Partner in Residence, Bonner Center for Civic Engagement’s fellowship research project supported by the University of Richmond and students from the Jepson School of Leadership Studies! Crafting a year-long policy agenda as a racial and social justice leader requires a combination of strategies, steps, and opportunities to practice intentionality. The work of policy professionals are often impacted by the diversity, equity, and inclusion and justice work of their organizations, senior leadership and management, and more. Through this policy development guide, organizations, professionals, and community leaders will learn a variety of steps and strategies ranging from concepts & constructs, organizational and leadership change theories, characteristics of an empowered good trouble leader, intersectional policy & practice theories, advocacy vs. activism strategies, the effectiveness of coalitions vs. networks, and outreach and engagement practices. Whether you are senior leadership, a community leader, a policy analyst, or coalition leader, there is a component of this guide that will speak to you! Attend this policy research launch to gain high-level insight on the scope of the project and its findings for the first time!
In 1980, YWCA Richmond launched the Outstanding Women Awards to recognize and celebrate women’s achievements in the Greater Richmond area. Since then, the YWCA Richmond has recognized more than 300 female leaders who have made significant contributions to our community through their exceptional leadership, sustained dedication, and inspiring achievements. The Outstanding Women Award honorees encourage, promote and create lasting changes in our region that impact the lives of many more women, empowering them to find their own paths to lead.
At just 25 years old, Chloe Edwards is the youngest person to be honored as a 2021 Richmond History Maker.However, she has earned the title as much as any of her seniors.
Edwards was given the History Maker title for championing social justice.
Henrico CASA is a nonprofit organization committed to advocating for the best interests of children involved in the Henrico County Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court process. The Henrico CASA program recruits, screens, trains, and supervises volunteers dedicated to representing the needs of abused and neglected children, children in juvenile dependency proceedings, and children in need of services or supervision. The volunteers promote safe permanent homes for all children and seek to educate the community concerning the needs of abused and neglected children.