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Winter 2006

- In the nation’s capitol, Beth Applegate, a contributing writer for the Alliance’s Cultural Competency Initiative, reached out to New Orleans evacuees housed in Washington, D.C. “I believe the personal is political,” Beth said, “and I continually look for opportunities to actualize my core values through my professional and personal commitment to antiracism work. Organizing to help support Gulf Coast evacuees in their transition was an obvious choice to make.” Beth tapped friends, colleagues, community and religious groups to provide direct support. She learned important lessons along the way. “I was mindful of the stories about people who tried to help, but missed the point. A quote shared by a friend guided all of my efforts: ‘Help is help when it is asked for, when it is given the way it’s needed, when it is given with humility and received with dignity.’” As a result of Katrina, Applegate participated in a six-week study circle focused on the effects of race and ethnicity in the Silver Spring, Maryland community. In addition, Beth has completed Study Circle Facilitator Training offered by the Montgomery County, Maryland public schools system. She currently is working with IMPACT Silver Spring and the Diversity Management Institute at Montgomery College, designing a cross-race dialogue to be offered this year.

-Brigette Rouson, “Addressing Race and Poverty in the Hurricane Aftermath.” Enhance, Volume 3, Issue 1, February 2006.

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