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Tampa Bay Tech talks with nonprofits driving equality

The conversation around race is shifting in the United States, according to leaders of four local nonprofit organizations.

Many employers are more willing to have uncomfortable conversations about racial inequity and are beginning to take concrete steps to level the playing field, the nonprofit leaders said during an online discussion Friday presented by Tampa Bay Tech.

Tampa Bay Tech hosted the discussion at the request of members who are committed to driving change and want to learn what they can do to play a role, said Jill St. Thomas, Tampa Bay Tech’s executive director.

One starting point is understanding privilege, said Autumn Solomon, associate director of corporate engagement at Year Up Tampa, an organization that provides skill development, career training and education to move young adults from minimum wage jobs to a meaningful career.

Solomon described a young white woman who had an issue with the word “privilege” because her own life had been difficult. “It isn’t that you don’t face challenges,” Solomon told the young woman. “It’s just that simply because of the color of your skin, things aren’t more difficult for you.”

Big Brothers Big Sisters of America has begun talking with its adult volunteers, the “bigs,” about privilege, said Tanya Gibson, […]

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