This Civic Moment Podcast

Episode 4: Dr. Kira Hudson Banks


Episode Guest: Dr. Kira Hudson Banks

About The Guest: Dr. Kira Hudson Banks is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Saint Louis University. She is co-founder of the Institute for Healing Justice and Equity at Saint Louis University, and has served as a racial equity consultant for the Ferguson Commission and Racial Equity Catalyst for Forward Through Ferguson. Along with that work, she is co-principal of The Mouse and the Elephant, an innovative diversity, equity, and inclusion consulting firm. She has consulted for numerous organizations and has published over 20 peer-reviewed articles in addition to popular articles in publications such as The Atlantic and The Guardian. You can find her podcast, Raising Equity, anywhere podcasts are found.

About This Civic Moment

In a time of hyper-partisanship and the reconsideration of the narrative of the United States, what is the state of American democracy and the relationship between social solidarity and civic engagement? How can we reflect on the values that undergird our democracy and civic existence to envision a healthy and vibrant civic future?

This podcast, hosted by the Engage Democracy Fellows at the Gephardt Institute for Civic and Community Engagement at Washington University, seeks answers to these questions while providing listeners with multiple angles to inquire, reflect, and discern our civic identity and calling as a community. 


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