13 Jul, 2023

Racial Equity Is More Than A Priority

with Shawn Duncan, Candice Kelly, Joi Jackson, & David Park
Season 1,
  Episode 5
Place Matters
Place Matters
Racial Equity Is More Than A Priority

This episode will explore the intersection of race and poverty. Though it is dangerous to conflate race with poverty, there has been a history of disinvestment and high poverty rates in black and brown neighborhoods that demands our attention. Because of this, the pursuit of racial equity must be at the center of everything we do. Join us for a conversation around why racial equity is more than just a priority for FCS, and in holistic, place-based work.

Show notes

Shawn Duncan, Director of The Lupton Center
Dr. Shawn Duncan is the Director of FCS’s Training and Consulting Division, The Lupton Center. Shawn comes to FCS from the nonprofit leadership sector with research and writing focused on pedagogies for social impact. In his previous careers he has focused on multi-sector coalition building for community impact, content and curriculum design, group facilitation, leadership development, and immigration reform advocacy. As the leader of The Lupton Center team, Shawn brings a visionary voice for innovation, a strategic mind for resource development, and the leadership acumen to support and equip the team for success. He loves being a part of a mission-driven team that finds joy in one another while doing such important work.

Candice Kelly, Community Development Advisor at the Lupton Center
Candice Kelly is a Community Development Advisor with the Lupton Center. Candice came to FCS after studying Human Services and Spanish at Kennesaw State University. From there, she began working for the public school system where her leadership brought  together parents, school administration, teachers, and social work resources to ensure disadvantaged students got the support they needed. That is one of the many places her passion for engaging and understanding people and places began. As a member of FCS’s training and consulting team, she utilizes her gifts for connecting with people and keeping them engaged and excited about the future. Her favorite thing about being in her role at FCS is seeing people learn new perspectives and use their newfound knowledge to create a lasting impact on their community.

David Park, Lead Trainer and Consultant at the Lupton Center
David Park is a Lead Trainer and Consultant with The Lupton Center. David comes to FCS with over a decade of experience as a local church pastor in a community development setting where he collaborated with and advised many nonprofit organizations to impact local communities. David also brings a variety of experience to this work as an entrepreneur, creative, and affordable housing advocate and investor. As a member of FCS’s Training and Consulting Team, David brings a unique blend of strategic thinking, facilitating, and compassion to the work of community building. He loves being a part of a diverse team that practices and seeks to grow personal and collective wholeness.

Joi Jackson, Director of Development at FCS
Joi Jackson is a fourth generation Atlanta-native who grew up in Southwest Atlanta and spent the first decades of her career as an entrepreneur, political campaign manager, and tireless worker in public and private schools. She joined FCS in 2020 after serving for six years with the East Lake Foundation raising funds for community-focused initiatives. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Howard University.


Special thanks to our podcast editor, Tim Rhodes, for making this episode possible. If you are interested in working with Tim, you can contact him via email at tim@whistlingblue.com, or through his website, whistlingblue.com. If you have questions, feedback, or wish to contact us, please email Bekah Klein at bekah@fcsministries.org.