As we count down to our upcoming “Chat & Chew for Change” donor reception, we invite you to get to know some of our donors and supporters a little better. Our “Digging Deeper” series will feature some of the donors and supporters who are making critical investments into tackling pressing social issues here in the District. Next up a Q&A featuring Etienne Toussaint of George Washington Law School.
Describe your professional background and current job.
I am a visiting professor teaching clinical law at George Washington Law School. I currently co-teach a Small Business and Community Economic Development Law Clinic. As a part of my work, I support a pro-bono clinic that focuses on organizations and initiatives with a strong social justice component.
What drew you to DC Social Innovation Project?
I have an interest in social justice and organizations that invest in community economic initiatives. When I first moved to D.C. I was looking to get involved in an organization that supports local businesses and entrepreneurs with a strong social justice mission. I found that in D.C. Social Innovation Project. DCSIP has a great mission of uplifting and impacting the community in a positive way.
If you could solve one social issue in D.C. what would it be and why?
I’m really passionate about education. My vision for the community is for there to be more opportunities for students to enrich their education, especially during the summer months. I would focus specifically on young, low-income people of color, to help them leverage their education as a tool to better their future – whether that be college, graduate school, or starting their own business. My hope would be to educate young people about all the opportunities they have available to them so they can create solutions to the problems they see in their communities.
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