• Track 1: Virtual Book Club: Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
  • Track 2: Watch "13th," a documentary on race and the U.S. criminal justice system
  • Track 3: Watch PBS Series: "Race: The Power of an Illusion," an exploration of the concept of race


Online Zoom Meetings


Deepika Andavarapu
Impact 100 

Not sure of your schedule and how you might want to participate? Then just register for our Virtual Kickoff on July 8, when you'll have the chance to meet our discussion facilitators and learn more about the plans for each track!

We also encourage you to connect to our Equity Supports Facebook page, which we'll be using to get to know each other, share info around each of our learning tracks, and continue the virtual discussion on our DEI journeys.


2020 Racial Equity Discussions

Voices are speaking out across the country against racial injustices. Enter the conversation and deepen your own understanding of racial inequities across Greater Cincinnati and the U.S.

This summer, Impact 100's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Committee is launching three learning tracks: a book club, a documentary discussion group and a discussion group of a PBS series. Each will challenge you to learn and encourage you to become part of the solution for social change.

 All activities are free and will be held virtually on Zoom. You can sign up for one track or all three. Invite a guest to join you - non-members are welcome! Register by Monday, July 20, to secure your spot, hear from your facilitator, and receive Zoom links.

Track #1: Virtual Book Club: Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

Read the book (or watch the movie, a smaller slice of the book experience)

We will use Bryan Stevenson's compelling book "Just Mercy" to examine issues of systemic racism in our country. The book provides a more complete context for understanding systemic issues, but the movie also makes a powerful impact. Join an ongoing discussion via our DEI Facebook page or register to attend a virtual discussion.

Facilitator: Vashti Rutledge

 Preparation: Read or listen to the book or watch the movie (available on Amazon, YouTube, Google Play and other streaming platforms that are free in June).

 Meetings: Come to our kickoff and one book club discussion:

  • Wednesday, July 15, 7 PM: "Happy Hour" to introduce the book and get acquainted with other readers
  • Wednesday, July 29, Noon: Book club discussion held jointly with Mercantile Library
  • Tuesday, Aug. 4, 7 PM: Repeat book club discussion with Mercantile Library
  • Thursday, Aug 27th, 7 PM: "Happy Hour" book discussion wrap up


Track #2: Watch "13th," a documentary on race and the U.S. criminal justice system

In this insightful series of conversations, participants will discuss the documentary "13th," by acclaimed Film Director Ava DuVernay. Discussion will also focus on deep-rooted racial injustices that we see play out openly and covertly in our society, and tangible ways we can actively dismantle these systemic practices.

Facilitator: Kyla Woods

 Preparation: Watch "13th" documentary prior to July 22 meeting.

 Meetings: Attend all three Wednesday morning discussions from 9 to 10:30 a.m.: July 22, Aug. 19 & Sept. 16


Track #3: Watch the PBS Series "Race: The Power of an Illusion," an exploration of the concept of race 

Using the series "Race: The Power of an Illusion" as a foundation, participants will actively examine their beliefs, behaviors and experiences around race and privilege, and understand the ways that systemic racism shapes us individually, interpersonally and institutionally.

 Facilitator: Nickol Mora 

 Preparation: Watch the first part of "Race the power of an illusion," available for free on with your library card information.

 Meetings: Attend all three Tuesday evening discussions from 5 to 7 p.m.: July 28, Aug. 25, Sept. 22