PROGRAMS & EVENTS

Explore Programs Offered by The California Endowment.

Programming designed to convene, build solidarity and create a connective tool to uplift voices in community for social change.

Watch select events below!

CalEndow Live

CalEndow Live

CalEndow Live is the public programs arm of The California Endowment. With health and racial equity at the center of our programming, CalEndow Live offers inclusive and topical lectures, roundtable discussions, film screenings, critical conversations with authors, educators, organizers, activists and artists, and through town halls and creative experiences.

Calendow Live is open for all and free for the public good.

Upcoming virtual events.

Angela Davis: Author, Educator, and Social Justice Legend

On October 20, 2021, Dr. Angela Davis will join CalEndowLive to discuss why building stronger communities is essential to the struggle for racial, economic and gender justice.  An outspoken voice for dismantling the prison industrial complex, Dr. Davis draws on her own experience as one of the FBI’s “Ten Most Wanted” in advocating for criminal justice reform.  This hour-long conversation will be moderated by The California Endowment’s Tamu Jones and Sandra Davis.
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November 16: Women Authors of Color Reinvent the Romance Novel

Award-winning authors Jasmine Guillory and Alisha Rai are helping to lead a national  movement to redefine the romance genre and showcase strong and diverse women.  Join CalEndowLIve to learn more about this revolution shaking up the publishing industry and bringing new voices to bestseller lists.  Jasmine will also share how her experience with The California Endowment’s #SchoolsNotPrisons campaign contributed to the plot of her bestselling Wedding Date series.  Registration Information Coming Soon!

Past Events:

  • DeRay Mckesson: Building Power for Racial Equity

    On April 12, 2021, activist, educator, and author DeRay Mckesson joined in conversation with Margarita Luna, at TCE, about his journey from Middle School math teacher to acclaimed civil rights leader and police reform advocate. DeRay shared lessons learned from the streets of Ferguson, the jail cells of Baton Rouge, and the West Wing of the White House.

  • WATCH: The Race to Vaccinate: Protecting the most vulnerable Californians from COVID-19

    On March 25, 2021, a panel of esteemed health care experts discussed systemic inequities in health care, the efficiency and safety of COVID-19 vaccines, and the medical community’s role in building trust with communities of color. Speakers: Dr. Kupiri Ackerman-Barger, Dr. David Tom Cooke, and Dr. Zola Afua Mansa Chihombori Quao. Moderator, Dr. Tony Iton.
    Watch the recording here.

  • George Takei: Actor, Justice Advocate, Social Media Mega-Power

    On June 29, 2021, George Takei joined CalEndow Live to discuss his remarkable life and career. He shared memories of his unjust childhood imprisonment in U.S. internment camps during World War II and reflected on his rise to Hollywood stardom and favorite memories from Star Trek. In response to questions from CalEndow Live’s online audience, George described his deep personal commitment to political activism and policy change and explained why he remains optimistic for a more equitable future.

  • Alicia Garza: The Purpose of Power

    On July 22, innovator, strategist, and organizer Alicia Garza joined members of The California Endowment’s President’s Youth Council to share lessons learned from #BlackLivesMatter and the Black Futures Lab. In conversation with Kimberly Gudino and Natalie Martinez, Alicia described the skills needed to develop successful campaigns and explained why self-care is essential for all organizers.

  • WATCH Maria Hinojosa: Storytelling for
    Impact

    On August 25, 2021, award-winning journalist Maria Hinojosa joined CalEndow Live to explore how telling stories and changing narratives can build power and change policies. In conversation with Senior Program Manager Marisol Aviña, Hinojosa shared lessons learned from a lifetime of reporting on Latinx communities and behind-the-scenes details from her recent star turn on the film version of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s In The Heights.

Advancing Health Equity Awards & Workshop

Advancing Health Equity
Awards & Workshop

Advancing Health Equity Awards honor local California public health departments who are exploring new territory and developing bold strategies to build power for health and racial equity. They showcase and reward public health department practices—with awards totaling $175,000 the first two cycles, and $235,000 the third cycle—that can inform and shape future health and racial equity work.

The Advancing Health Equity Workshop is designed for California-based public health practitioners who believe in fundamentally transforming how we approach health creation in this country. Practitioners gather to learn, support and inspire one another, and share innovative strategies that can build community voice and power for the health of all Californians.

Our intention is to hold the Awards every two years and the workshop yearly. Given how the Corona Virus is changing our social landscape, the Planning Committee is evaluating how best to bring public health practitioners together.

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Youth Awards

Youth Awards

Across the state, young people are standing at the frontlines, taking action, and leading conversations to create lasting change that will lead to a more equitable and healthy future. The Youth Awards, created in 2018, recognize and celebrate the young changemakers and youth-allied organizations that have made a tremendous impact on improving the health of their communities and across the state of California.

Award recipients are youth leaders between the ages of 13 and 26 whose actions impact public policies, create innovative models of service, strengthen local institutions, and inspire youth power in communities across California.

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