Identifying Actions to Dismantle Systemic Racism Community Dialogue Series

October 6, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Racial Lens Investing Taking meaningful action for Social Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion
Whether you spend much time thinking about it or not, most of us have investments of some kind. These investments usually range from money we’re passively saving for retirement or family to accounts that are actively buying and selling assets like stocks or real estate. It’s no surprise to this group that having these sorts of investments is a privilege and that many communities don’t have access to the generational wealth that would afford them the position of having these investments.  But what might come as a surprise to this group is that you have the power to choose exactly what your money is invested in, and you can consciously invest your money in ways that meet your financial goals while also taking a stand for social justice.  

Gwendolyn Van Sant from BRIDGE and Changemaker Strategies and Erika Allison from Willow – Investments for Loving Change will lead a talk on Racial Lens Investing and strategies for making investment choices that align with your good intentions for social change, equity and inclusion.

Gwendolyn VanSant is an experienced organizational change consultant and coach who works at the intersection of diversity leadership, equity and inclusion, and strategic planning. She is the CEO and Founding Director of BRIDGE and the Equity and Inclusion Team Lead at Changemaker Strategies. A skilled community organizer, Gwendolyn is also a well-recognized thought leader on racial justice and reparations.

Erika Allison is a financial advisor, engineer and interfaith minister working to raise the consciousness and spirituality of capitalism, co-create new systems for human evolution and use the energy of money as a tool for positive change in the world. She is Assistant Vice President of Willow Investments for Loving Change and Board Chair of the Nonprofit Center of the Berkshires. Erika works with individuals and organizations on alignment in all areas of their life, leadership and investments. 

Upcoming presentations:
October 10 – Changing the Narrative: Implicit Bias Training – 1 pm to 5 pm                
On Zoom, Ray Anderson; register at

October 22, 7 pm – Alice Green, Racism and Diversity in the Adirondacks

November 17, 7 pm – Carol Daggs, author of Saratoga Soul Brandtville Blues, The Black History of Saratoga

January – “Looking Racism in the Eye”, 8 week course with Ray Anderson

More presentations will be added as details are finalized

For more information, email Rev. Kathy Johnson at