Monday, April 6

Robins School of Business, University of Richmond

5:00 pm-6:00 pm     Conference registration open at UR
6:00 pm-7:30 pm     Reception
7:30 pm- 9:00 pm    Opening plenary & conference overview
                                 Moderator: Rob Corcoran, Initiatives of Change, USA
                                 Musical selection: One Voice Chorus Ensemble
                                 Welcome: Dr. Edward Ayers, President UR
                                 Greetings: The Hon. Senator Tim Kaine

                                                  The Hon. Mayor Dwight Jones
                                 Omnia Marzouk, Initiatives of Change International 
                                 Ciraj Rassool,  University of the Western Cape, South Africa
                                 Dr. Gail Christopher, W.K. Kellogg Foundation

University of the Western Cape, South Africa,
Tuesday, April 7

Tyler Haynes Commons, University of Richmond

8:30 am - 9:00 am    Coffee/tea, continental breakfast
9:00 am-10:30 am    Plenary - "Connecting memory, legacy and social change"
                                 Moderator: Dr. Margaret Smith, American University
                                 John Franklin, Smithsonian
                                 Dr. David Anderson Hooker, mediator & peacebuilder
                                 Tom DeWolf, author
                                 Melissa Bartholomew
, Harvard Divinity School

10:30 am-10:45 am  Coffee break
10:45 am-12:15 pm  Breakout sessions

  1. Museums & public history sites for education & healing
  2. Overcoming implicit bias in education
  3. Sustainable inclusive economic development
  4. Identity, immigration and citizenship

12:45 pm- 4:30 pm   Journey through Richmond's history (box lunches)
4:45 pm-5:45 pm      Community group dialogues (Library of Virginia)
5:45 pm-7:45 pm      Free time for dinner

8:00 pm-9:30 pm    PUBLIC FORUM - Library of Virginia
                                  "Living in the aftermath of Slavery & Apartheid: Reflections from
                                    the US and South Africa"
                                   Dr. Edward Ayers, President UR
                                   The Very Rev. Michael Weeder, Dean of the Anglican Cathedral
,
                                       Cape Town, SA                                  
                                   Bonita Bennett, District Six Museum in Cape Town, SA
                                   Dr. Cassandra L. Newby-Alexander, 
Norfolk State University

Wednesday, April 8

Student Commons, VCU  (907 Floyd Ave. Richmond, VA 23220)

8:30 am - 9:00 am     Coffee/tea, continental breakfast
9:00 am-10:30 am     Plenary - "Inequity in our time" (Student Commons, VCU)
                                  Moderator: The Hon. Ellen Robertson, Richmond City Council
                                  Albert Walker, VCU Center for Society & Health
                                  Marcello Palazzi, Progressio Foundation, Netherlands
                                  Jose Carlos Leon Vargas, Solidaridad Internacional Kanda, Mexico
                                  Dr. Thad Williamson, Office of Community Wealth Building,
                                      City of Richmond
                        

10:30 am-10:45 am   Coffee break
10:45 am-12:15 pm   Breakout sessions

  1. Community wealth building
  2. Social determinants of health
  3. Illuminating whiteness: developing a literacy for racial justice globally

12:30 pm-2:30 pm    PUBLIC FORUM - Student Commons, VCU 
                                   "Overcoming bias & inequity in the criminal justice system"
                                   Moderator: Preston Tisdale,  Connecticut Commission on Racial
                                          and Ethnic Disparity in the Criminal Justice System
                                   Michael Nila, Managing Partner of Blue Courage, Chicago
                                   Ann Fisher, Virginia Cares
                                   Lillie Branch-Kennedy, Community Restoration Campaign
                                   Lt. William "Jody" Blackwell, City of Richmond Police Department

2:30 pm-3:30 pm       Open space for collaboration (VCU)
                                   Share information on your project or join another conversation
                                   Sign up on the chart in the back of the plenary room

3:30 pm-4:00 pm       Coffee break
4:00 pm-5:30 pm       Community group dialogues (VCU)
5:45 pm-7:45 pm       Free time for dinner

8:00 pm-10.00 pm     PUBLIC FORUM - Grace Street Theater, VCU
                                   "Understanding Implicit Bias"
                                   Moderator: Matthew Freeman, TMI Inc.
                                   Mike Wenger
, Within Our Lifetime Network
                                   Dushaw Hockett, SPACEs

Thursday, April 9

Tyler Haynes Commons, University of Richmond (all day)

8:30 am - 9:00 am    Coffee/tea, continental breakfast
9:00 am-10:30 am    Plenary - "Mobilizing the Moveable Middle"
                                  Moderators: Martha McCoy, Carolyne Abdullah,
                                                          Everyday Democracy
                                  Lawrence Bloom, Be-Energy, UK
                                  Mee Moua, Asian Americans Advancing Justice
                                  Mayor Niankoro Yeah Samaké, Empower Mali

10:30 am-10:45 am   Coffee break
10:45 am-12:15 pm   Breakout sessions

  1. Linking racial history, healing and systems change
  2. Social media for constructive dialogue
  3. Coordinating housing & education policy to promote school diversity

12:30 pm-1:30 pm    Lunch (UR)
1:30 pm-3:30 pm      Open space for collaboration (UR)
                                  Share information on your project or join another conversation
                                  Sign up on the chart in the back of the plenary room

3:30 pm-4:00 pm      Coffee break
4:00 pm-5:45 pm      Community group dialogues (UR)

6:00 pm-8:30 pm      Closing dinner and action steps (Alice Haynes, UR)
                                  Dr. Gail Christopher, W.K. Kellogg Foundation
                                  Report out from the Breakout Groups
                                  Alex Wise, Initiatives of Change, USA
                                 

Community Group Dialogues

The community groups will provide opportunities to process conference topics more deeply as a group and also to share personal stories and build relationships between participants. Each community group will have two designated facilitators.