Equitable recovery from COVID-19: A youth centered conversation with Ijeoma Oluo

June 25, 2021

Join Neighborhood House in the next installment of our virtual speaker series! We are excited to welcome two Neighborhood House youth as they lead a conversation with a Neighborhood House staff member, Angel Berry, and local best-selling author, Ijeoma Oluo. Come prepared to listen, learn, and take action.

We have seen how the COVID pandemic has magnified disparities in health, housing, education, and employment for our region’s immigrants, refugees, BIPOC, LGBTQIA+ people, people with disabilities, and people living in poverty. Ijeoma Oluo’s latest book Mediocre calls out these unjust systems as “working according to design.” We need to change these systems, and that change requires us to listen to those who have been most affected.

Meet our speaker

Ijeoma Oluo (ee-joh-mah oh-loo-oh) is a writer, speaker and internet yeller. She is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller So You Want to Talk About Race and most recently, Mediocre: The Dangerous Legacy of White Male America. Her work on race has been featured in The Guardian, The New York Times, and The Washington Post, among many other publications. She was named to the 2021 TIME 100 Next list and has twice been named to the Root 100. She received the 2018 Feminist Humanist Award and the 2020 Harvard Humanist of the Year Award from the American Humanist Association. She lives in Seattle, Washington.

Meet our moderators

Angel Berry (she/her) has been a part of Neighborhood House for the past 8 years. She serves as the Lead Youth Advocate within the Youth and Family Services program known as Project SCOPE. Born in St. Louis MO, she was raised in the south end of Seattle. She graduated from Rainier Beach High School and proceeded to attend Eastern Washington University, majoring in Children’s Studies. Outside of work, Angel devotes her time to her 3 children, while also running a small startup candle business. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, and spending as much time by the water as possible.

Dae’von Fomby (he /his) is a sophomore at Mount Rainier High school and has recently moved to the Federal way area. Dae’von is a very open-minded young man who takes pride in his African American culture. He enjoys hanging out with is family and going swimming with friends. His hobbies include basketball (in which he has played since kindergarten),  learning new things, and working out. He is eager to learn more about his community in hopes of pursuing a degree in social work after high school.

Tuyet-Nhi Vo (she/her) is a Peer Educator at Neighborhood House and student at Western Washington University. She was born and raised in Southeast Seattle. For the past couple years, Tuyet-Nhi has dedicated a lot of her time to a variety of different organizations. For fun, Tuyet-Nhi enjoys exploring new and exciting hobbies like, crochet, embroidery, clay earrings, watercolor painting, baking, and more. 

Thank you everyone for joining us! Please enjoy recording from the event.