Tuesday, April 7, 10:45 am - 12:15 pm

1. Museums & public history sites for education & healing

Ciraj Rassool, Valika Smeulders, John Franklin, Jennifer Scott, Bonita Bennett, Michael Weeder, Silvia Forni, Lianne Leonora, Lauranett Lee

As the end of the U.S. civil war and slavery are commemorated, we will consider the deep and wounding legacies of slavery and racism in the US and elsewhere in their similarities and their differences. We are concerned about how the experiences of slavery and emancipation are remembered and commemorated or forgotten or denied, as well as the methods through which this memory work occurs. Drawing upon experiences in the US, the Caribbean, Canada, South Africa and the Netherlands, this working group considers the methods and approaches to memory work and museum-making, which enable the deepest legacies of race and paternalism to be overcome through new models of public scholarship and critical engagement. We hope to create a platform for exchange, learning and debate on different museologies and memory methodologies of antiracist work that will be an important step towards creating an international alliance or coalition of museums and memory projects against racism.

2. Overcoming implicit bias in education

Jennifer Stollman, Leslie Locke, Howard Ross, Jonathan Zur, Kristina Renee Eberbach, Henaz Bhatt

During this 90 minute session, participants will engage in a conversation about implicit bias and education. This session will be interactive and will draw on the expertise and knowledge of both workshop facilitators and audience members. Through a combination of activities and discussions, at the end of this session, participants will be able to understand implicit bias in education, identify spaces and topics where implicit bias in education exists, and acquire some strategies to better address/negotiate/overcome implicit bias in education. Participants will also receive a resource sheet on implicit bias in education.

3. Sustainable inclusive economic development

Mike Smith, Jose Carlos Leon Vargas, Ian Monteague, Lawrence Bloom, Teresa Hodge

This breakout session will showcase and discuss models of best practise in grassroots and national economic development, affecting people's lives - and job opportunities - for the better. It will draw on examples from Mexico, the Caribbean, Scotland, England, the Netherlands, the USA and elsewhere. The aim is to show how core human motivations in economic activity contribute towards the wellbeing of individuals, communities, wider society, and the common good. As well as 'sustainable, inclusive economic development' we shall add the word 'enduring', thus sowing seeds as well as SIEEDS of best practice! Join us for a fascinating, lively and interactive work stream!

4. Identity, immigration and citizenship

Mee Moua, Anjum Ali, Marzena Zukowska, Tanya Gonzalez, Lusa Nsenga-Ngoy, Ivan Ivanov, Kavita Kapur

During this breakout session, we will engage in a series of activities which will help participants understand and define "identity" as well as "citizenship" from a socio-political standpoint. The breakout session will begin with a quick conversation from a panel who will provide information about the current immigration debate in the US and potential resources for interested practitioners. International partners will highlight some important aspects in immigration, identity and citizenship in their respective countries. This will lead into small group discussions on the social ramifications of various on the impact of global politics and government policy decisions on assimilation, integration and current tensions in various communities in our nations. We will then move into a larger group activity where all participants will insert their own place into the timeline of immigration to the United States. Participants will be invited to share their stories, share their knowledge and expertise and co-create an immigration story that all may co-own.

Wednesday, April 8, 10:45 am - 12:15 pm

5. Community wealth building

John Moeser, Mike Smith, Ellen Robertson, Thad Williamson, Marcello Palazzi, Greg Davis,  Niankoro Yeah Samaké

This breakout session will focus on the anti-poverty initiatives of the city of Richmond, Virginia, as well as experiences from other cities and countries around the world, including Manchester, UK, the Netherlands and Mali in Africa. Richmond’s newly created Office of Community Wealth Building is the only one of its kind in the nation. Special attention will be given to the development of small businesses located in high poverty neighborhoods and linked to anchor institutions such as universities, major businesses, and government.  Not only Richmond but other cities such as Cleveland, Ohio, are turning to social enterprises, which utilize the entrepreneurship of the private market to advance the public good, as the primary means of creating wealth in areas that have long suffered a history of disinvestment and social deprivation.

6. Social determinants of health

Danny Avula, Sally Lacy, Adel Syed, Vincent Lafronza, Mike Royster, Albert Walker, Pam DeGuzman

All people should have the opportunity to achieve optimal health, regardless of their race, ethnicity, income, or neighborhood. Yet health inequities continue to persist across all communities, nationally and globally. Given that our health starts in our homes, schools, neighborhoods, and jobs—long before we need to see a doctor—improving health equity requires input and cooperation from all sectors. Promoting healthy communities thus requires that we find innovative ways to address the social determinants of health (SDOH), such as access to transportation, education, healthy foods, economic opportunities, and more. The SDOH Working Group will be discussing how various SDOH became established over time, how we can raise decision makers’ awareness of the need for future policies to address the SDOH, and how engaging enough people in the discussion on SDOH can change the way we view poverty and its solutions at the local, national, and international levels.

7. Illuminating whiteness: developing a literacy for racial justice

Maggie Potapchuk, Sonali S. Balajee, Natasha Aruliah, Shakti Butler, Bill Calhoun, Diane Goodman, Sally Leiderman, Emily Morrison

Through an engaging design, we will discuss a growing conversation to identify and promote a critical comprehensive set of concepts and skills for advancing racial justice, with a focus on illuminating whiteness.  The working group will share their emerging framework which embodies transformative change, healing and mindfulness, structural analysis, historical context and the power of the narrative (using films and stories).  We invite participants to provide feedback on this framework, primarily through the sharing of their stories and lessons about working to advance racial justice collectively as well as the role of understanding whiteness. Join our working group in this creative session inviting us ALL to imagine how we can transform and co-create a more just world together.


Thursday, April 9, 10:45 am - 12:15 pm

8. Linking racial history, healing and systems change

Amaha Sellassie, Preston Tisdale, Katrina Browne, Maxine Cockett

This working group will focus on the development of strategies to foster a widespread, accurate and meaningful understanding of slavery and its aftermath and to utilize that historical knowledge as the foundation for the identification of solutions to heal wounds, engendered by systemic racism.  In this manner, a framework can be structured, through which historical context can appropriately inform the proper analyses of racially inspired phenomena.  During these analyses, the dots can be correctly connected [as Katrina would say] and effective solutions can be developed. The goal of the working group will be to begin the construction of a viable template that can be readily utilized to address issues that will advance racial healing and systems change.

9. Social media for constructive dialogue

Laurin Hodge, Karen Swim, Osita Iroegbu, Amber Ivey, Deen Freelon, David Kirkland

Web and mobile platforms provide a unique opportunity to engage in dialogue with community members both near and far. This power has increasingly been felt more-and-more as grassroots movements and social justice campaigns have leveraged tools such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram as well as blogs. Yet, as more voices rise to surface there is a greater need to explore how to engage with tech tools when having heartfelt dialogues on the issue of race, justice and equity. This session will briefly discuss the history of new media and how it came to be. Additionally, the session will point to active ways to create safe spaces online for honest dialogue.

10. Coordinating housing & education policy to promote school diversity

Genevieve Segal-Hawley, Phil Tegeler, Orsolya Orsós, Nada Dimovic, Sharon Fairburn, Donald Coleman, Scott Thomas, Laura Lafayette, Robert Adams, Kim Bridge, Grant Rissler, Yvonne W Brandon, Mark Dorosin, Susan Williams, Velma Ballard

Housing and school integration can have a strong mutually reinforcing effect – research indicates that children who attend economically and racially integrated schools have improved achievement and long term education outcomes, and are more likely to grow up and live in integrated communities and neighborhoods, and send their own children to integrated schools.  But in spite of the obvious “reciprocal relationship” between housing and school policy, government housing and education agencies have rarely collaborated to promote the societal goals of racial and economic integration.Working together, government housing and education planners can address the underlying conditions of segregation and poverty concentration that are a major contributor to unequal neighborhood and school conditions.  We will bring together national housing and education experts with key state and local education and housing policymakers to explore the potential for – and barriers to – a more coordinated approach to housing and school integration in Richmond and beyond.