Foundation Convenings

Stepping Forward: Advancing Opportunity and Equity in the Time of COVID (RECORDED)


Feb 01, 2021


6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.


Presented on Zoom; also streamed live on Facebook


Opening Statement: Flemming L.  Norcott Jr.; Panelists: Khalilah L. Brown-Dean; Addys Castillo; William W. Ginsberg; Onyeka Obiocha; Marcella Nunez-Smith; Garrett Sheehan; Moderator: Jacqueline Rabe Thomas

The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven hosted a panel discussion and community conversation on Feb. 1: Stepping Forward: Advancing Opportunity and Equity in the Time of COVID.

Stepping Forward
is an unparalleled response in The Foundation’s 90+ year history to the unprecedented impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and to the racial inequities that have for far too long existed in our community.

Opening Statement:
Flemming L. Norcott Jr., Community Foundation Board Chair and Retired Connecticut State Supreme Court Justice

Jacqueline Rabe Thomas, Reporter covering Education, Housing and Inequality Reporter at The CT Mirror


  • Khalilah L. Brown-Dean, Ph.D., Community Foundation Board member and past Chair; Associate Professor of Political Science and Senior Director for Inclusive Excellence at Quinnipiac University
  • Addys Castillo, M.S., M.P.A., Executive Director of Citywide Youth Coalition
  • William W. Ginsberg, President & CEO of The Community Foundation
  • Marcella Nunez-Smith, M.D., M.H.S., Community Foundation Board member and Vice Chair; Associate Professor of Medicine, Public Health and Management; and Founding Director of the Equity Research and Innovation Center (ERIC) at Yale University; Chair of the Biden-Harris COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force
  • Onyeka Obiocha, Managing Director at Tsai Center for Innovative Thinking at Yale University
  • Garrett Sheehan, President & CEO of the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce