April 30 from 1-2 p.m. CT

  • Free to members and nonmembers

Just like in any barbershop, all are welcome to drop in at any time based on their availability and interest.



Join us at the virtual barbershop as we talk about life ... REAL life. Being Black in America means many things, but one of the most prevalent issues is experiencing racism daily on multiple fronts. From standard microaggressions on up through direct confrontations, the men who'll be waiting on their haircuts at our barbershop have experienced it all.  

Discussion Topic

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected every American in some way. However, the pandemic’s impact and response efforts have been greatly influenced by deeply rooted social and economic inequities for Black communities. The disparities in social and political determinants of health for Black and Brown children, youth, and adults contribute to greater susceptibility to COVID-19 infection and serious illness or death. These complex factors must be understood if we are to effectively combat the adverse economic and health effects of the virus and help Black communities become resilient and able to thrive in the future.

Join African American male leaders from the social sector as they share their knowledge and experience on the critical interconnectedness of people, place, and systems that affects social and economic opportunity and health and well-being.

This conversation is just one in a four-part Live at the Barbershop series. Register to join us for these other topics:

Leading Positive Change amid Social and Political Unrest
March 26 from 1-2 p.m. CT

Addressing COVID-19 Disparities and the Vaccine Rollout
April 30 from 1-2 p.m. CT

Building Family Resilience by Supporting Black Fathers
June 11 from 1-2 p.m. CT

Supporting Black Students in the Classroom
Aug. 27 from 1-2 p.m. CT

About the Virtual Barbershop

The barbershop is one of a few safe places where black men feel very comfortable in having candid conversations on just about anything. All over America, the barbershop continues to serve as a second home and place of refuge, healing, and compassion for black men.

This virtual space will feature several black male executives from around the country, sharing their perspectives and recommendations on how to increase the number of African American males in leadership positions at human services organizations. Just like in any barbershop, anyone is welcome to drop in at any time based on their availability and interest. 

What You'll Take Away

  • How social and political determinants of health affect the Black community
  • Racially influenced disparities in pandemic impact and COVID-19 response
  • Challenges and solutions to vaccine rollout
  • Opportunities for social sector leaders to support health and resilience of the Black community

Who Should Join

  • Like the barbershop, all are welcome

Who'll Be at the Barbershop

The Barber

  • Dr. Undraye P. Howard, The Barber, Senior Director of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion and Engagement at the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities

Waiting on a Haircut

  • Raphael Holloway, MA, CEO, Gateway Center in Atlanta, GA
  • Reyahd D.J. Kazmi, Esq., Director of Business and Government Strategies, National Youth Advocate Program in Columbus, OH
  • Jesse McLean, MA, Executive Director of Western Pennsylvania and Northeast Ohio, Pressley Ridge in Pittsburgh, PA
  • Julius Mullen Sr., PhD, Chief Clinical Officer, Children & Families First of Delaware
  • Claude A. Robinson Jr., Executive Vice President of External Affairs and Diversity, UCAN in Chicago, IL
  • Jonathan Palmer, Executive Director, Hallie Q. Brown Community Center in St. Paul, MN
  • George Winn, MA, COO, The Children's Center in Detroit, MI

Questions about this webinar should be directed to Dr. Undraye P. Howard "The Barber" senior director of equity, diversity, and inclusion and engagement at the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities.