We are so excited to welcome Sandy Figueroa, A.A.S., B.S., M.S., to speak at the LCUSA National Assembly. As an Associate member of the Sisters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul of New York, she is the co-chair of the Voting and Anti-Racism Committee and a member of the VinFam North American Social Justice Committee. She is also the president and spiritual advisor of the St. Boniface Conference of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, serves as chair of the Rockville Centre Diocese Voice of the Poor Task Force for the Society of St. Vincent de Paul and is a member of the Conference Renewal Committee. Sandy is also a member of the Ministry to Catholics of African Ancestry for the Brooklyn/Queens Diocese and the Rockville Centre Diocese. In addition, Sandy is an adjunct Associate Professor in the Business Department of Hostos Community College (CUNY) and the School of Professional Studies (CUNY).
Title and Summary of Sandy Figueroa’s talk:
WHO IS MY NEIGHBOR?: SYSTEMIC RACISM AND OUR RESPONSE
We all know the parable of the Good Samaritan and we all work hard to meet the physical needs of our neighbors and families in poverty. Yet, we sometimes forget to ask the question as to the source of poverty. This workshop will take a brief look at one of those sources and examine the differences between prejudice/discrimination and systemic racism. We will have opportunities for reflection, sharing, and suggestions for advocacy.