Opening Keynote: Dr. Jessica Pryce- Strengthening Families Using a Racial Equity Lens

Opening Keynote: Dr. Jessica Pryce- Strengthening Families Using a Racial Equity Lens

The recent and major events in our country have created an unprecedented sociopolitical context in which systemic racism has become a subject of mainstream public discourse. There seems to be a global awakening toward racial justice. This context requires a reckoning of how leaders understand and mitigate the problems of racism, marginalization, and injustice in our systems of care.

In this keynote, Dr. Pryce makes a compelling argument that to for leaders to change systems, they must practice looking inward. She implores leaders and community partners to identify their own personal philosophies, mindsets and values and how shifting those towards anti-racism will lead to true systemic change. She includes a discussion on evolutionary versus revolutionary efforts and offers strategies that lead to profound revolutionary change. Dr. Pryce has spent the past year interviewing courageous leaders who have been able to create positive and enduring change, and she will present on findings from key stakeholders on the best and most effective route to building an anti-racist community by sharing power and leading with compassion. Audiences consistently leave this keynote with knowledge that they can begin using right away, and with a renewed sense of connection to the nationwide movement to transform how we care for our employees and how they care for the most vulnerable.

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Opening Keynote: Dr. Jessica Pryce- Strengthening Families Using a Racial Equity Lens
06/06/2022 at 9:45 AM (EDT)   |  60 minutes
06/06/2022 at 9:45 AM (EDT)   |  60 minutes
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Dr. Jessica Pryce

Assistant Professor

Florida State University

Dr. Pryce is an Assistant Professor at Florida State University. For over 10 years, she has been involved at multiple angles of child welfare (direct practice, teaching + training & policy and research). She has published on child welfare related topics, such as, training and education, racial disparity, and anti-poverty practices. She has presented at 100+ virtual and in-person conferences both nationally and internationally. She is the author is several op-eds focused on racial disparity and effective strategies to impact racial disproportionality within child welfare. Her TED Talk on Implicit Racial Bias in Decision Making has since been viewed over 1.3 million times. Dr. Pryce has worked on the frontlines of child welfare, conducted primary research, been a policy advisor to Florida’s legislature and taught graduate level courses in child welfare. Previously holding the positions of Child Protective Caseworker with the Department of Children and Families, and the Deputy Director of the University at Albany's New York State Education Consortium. In 2019, she received a 5-year appointment to the Advisory Board of the National Child Welfare Workforce Institute, where she consults and advises on leadership and workforce interventions around the country. She currently sits on the Florida Dependency Court Improvement Panel, alongside judges and advocates who are working towards a more trauma informed approach within the judicial system. She has maintained and cultivated a commitment to the wellbeing of vulnerable children and families, the sustainability of the child welfare workforce, and effectively addressing inequity. Her paramount goal includes re-building and leading a child welfare system that focuses on strengthening families instead of pulling them apart.