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Workshop Time A: Friday 1:15-2:45

The Body Already Knows: Using the Body’s Own Knowledge To Chart A Transformative Path Toward Racial Justice - Extended 3 hour workshop
This workshop is designed to help participants: a) understand how Race, Racism and Whiteness have colonized our bodies as well as our minds, b) identify ways to transform the patterns that get us “stuck” when addressing racial issues, and c) use the “liberatory biology of the human cell” as a pathway for racial liberation and healing. Because of the advanced nature of this workshop’s content, it is not for those who are new to race, racism and whiteness content and instead is best suited for those who already have a solid foundation in this and are ready to be pushed.
Dr. Heather W. Hackman, Founder and President of Hackman Consulting Group

Dismantling Narratives of Whiteness - Extended 3 hour workshop
This workshop will use film and other popular media to examine common cultural narratives that support whiteness, such as the meritocracy narrative and the savior narrative. Participants will develop strategies to disrupt and transform these cultural narratives.
Janice Barbee, Healing Roots; Sara Axtell, Healing Roots and University of Minnesota; Craig Hassel, Healing Roots and University of Minnesota; Maureen Springer, Healing Roots; Emma Sutton, Healing Roots; Anna Vangsness, Healing Roots

Penumbra Theatre’s RACE Workshop - Extended 3 hour workshop
Penumbra approaches issues of race and racism with the fundamental belief that we see difference. Participants use theatre as a space for questions, commentary, problem-solving, and criticism. The process celebrates human difference, recognizes cultural nuance, and invites everyone to participate in the dialogue.
Sarah Bellamy, Facilitator or Dr. SooJin Pate, Facilitator; Artistic Team: H. Adam Harris, George Keller, Eric Sharp, Sam Landman

Positioning White Men in Anti-Racism Work
White men have access to more institutional privilege than many other identity groups. While these advantages are problematic, they provide opportunities to challenge systems of oppression. This session highlights strategies for privileged men to become more effective social justice allies and explores boundaries as well as self-care for their colleagues.
Aeriel and Kyle Ashlee, founders of Ashlee Consulting

Creating Organizational Change for Diversity and Inclusion: A Cohort Model
This workshop will tell the story of creating organizational change in youth development programs around diversity and inclusion through a shared learning cohort model. Participants will take away a concrete model for developing a shared learning cohort in their organization and an opportunity to strategize around cultural change within their own context.
Josey Landrieu and Kathryn Sharpe, Assistant Extension Professors, University of Minnesota Extension Center for Youth Development

Transformation in the Criminal Justice System
Can you envision a transformative criminal justice system rather than an unjust, punitive system with a high rate of recidivism and life-time negative impacts? In this workshop we will pursue transformative approaches in conversation with some who have encountered the criminal justice system and experts who study the system.
Discussions that Encounter facilitators (Rev. Dr. Arthur Agnew, Lou Schoen, Rosalind Sampson, Bill Keatts ), Professor Nekima Levy-Pounds and Brotherhood, Inc. participants

Allies Against Racism: Using an Employee Resource Group to Cultivate Transformation
Allies Against Racism is an employee resource group, that over the past five years has played a key role in cultivating transformation at the Wilder Foundation. Come hear the story of our journey: what’s worked, what’s gotten messy, and how we’ve managed to have fun along the way.
Leah Driscoll, Kirsten Johnson, Christin Lindberg, Shawn Schuette and Sara Zoff - Wilder Foundation Allies Against Racism Planning Team

The Achievement Gap—What and Why, and Fresh Thinking on How to Bridge The Gap Download workshop resources
The Academic Achievement Gap between Minnesota's white students and students of color is the largest in the nation. This problem has proven resistant to the investment of hundreds of millions of dollars allocated to address it. This workshop overview the problem, details current initiatives and investments, and identifies opportunities for community engagement.
Bill Woodson, Assistant Dean, University of St. Thomas | Opus College of Business

How to talk with children about race
It can be tough to know what and when to say to kids about race. How do we teach kids about history without saddling them with pain, shame, guilt or hopelessness? How do we prepare them to advocate for racial justice as adults? Join us to discuss these questions and more!
Alicia Sojourner, Racial Justice & Public Policy Program Coordinator, YWCA of Minneapolis; Anita Patel, Vice President, Racial Justice & Public Policy, YWCA of Minneapolis

A Rights-Based Approach to Racial Equity Work
Learn how a human rights approach can support anti-racism work by transforming organizational goals, strategies, and methods. Rights-based programming translates human rights principles into reality, combating inequality, exclusion, and powerlessness. Through theory, practice, and reflection, participants will be able to envision concrete steps for using human rights in their own work.
Madeline Lohman, Program Associate, The Advocates for Human Rights; Emily Good, Staff Attorney, The Advocates for Human Rights; Sarah Herder, Director of Education, The Advocates for Human Rights

Housing Opportunities Made Equitable (HOME)
In 2014, the Housing Opportunities Made Equitable (HOME) Bill was passed into law to begin to address the disparities (worst in the country) between white and people of color. Overview of history of HOME Bill and coalition, activities, opportunities available, ways to be involved in 2015 Session.
David McGee, Executive Director, Build Wealth, MN; Sue Watlov Phillips, M.A. Executive Director, Metropolitan Interfaith Council on Affordable Housing (MICAH) and President & CEO Integrated Community Solutions, Inc.; La Shella Sims, Lead Organizer, MICAH

Transformation as an Impetus for Social Change
Many organizations that aspire to be more diverse may focus only on representation. Yet, they do not seem to engage in actions that transform organizational practices to be more inclusive and share common goals. Using lessons from transformation work in South Africa, participants will explore deeper actions that lead to authentic social change.
Leon A Rodrigues, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities

The Politics of Systemic Transformations in Undoing Racism
System transformation towards undoing racism has been effectively done through political methods, working in different systems, and collaborations.  Case studies of racism where political action transformed systems, institutions, and the community will be analyzed for successful strategies, tools, practices, leadership, and collaborations.
Jean Lee, President, Executive Director, CHI/R&R Family Ctrs, APAHC – the APA Housing Consortium, and D-APAC; MN Dept. of Human Rights Commissioner Kevin Lindsey; Myron Orfield, Dir. Institute on Metropolitan Opportunity, UM Prof. of Law, fmr. MN state legislator

Changing the Dominant Narrative on Health
Presenters will describe inequities that result in disparities in many areas of health, and how these injustices have been allowed to exist in organizations, creating institutional racism. Participants will brainstorm how the public dialogue on health generated by the dominant culture continues to create further disadvantage, and relate it to their own work.
Sara Hollie, MPH, African American/African Born Community Liaison, Minnesota Department of Health: Sara Chute, MPP, International Health Coordinator, Minnesota Department of Health Refugee Health Program

Using Race Equity Assessment as a Transformative Process
About 10 years ago Ramsey County Human Services embarked on a journey to become an Anti-Racist Organization. Recently, they've become more intentional about using a race equity assessment tool to evaluate their current and future policies, practices and procedures. This workshop will describe and discuss the tool including the benefits of using it. Participants will have an opportunity to apply the tool to their own race equity work.
Mohamed Sayid, Financial Worker III, Anti-Racism Leadership Team member; Cameron Counters, Evaluation Manager; Carol Fogarty, Training & Development Specialist, Anti-Racism Leadership Team member, Ramsey County Community Human Services

Understanding Racism from the Latino Youth Experience in Rural & Urban Minnesota
Explore how racism is felt and applied differently by Latino youth in Minnesota. This workshop will address the racial equity disparities that are affecting the academic advancement of the state’s Latino youth; and take short walk through the past 10 years of social and racial tensions in rural and urban Minnesota.
Ernesto Vélez, Executive Director, Centro Campesino; Gabriella Anais Deal-Márquez, Research and Policy Associate, Centro Campesino; Marco Antonio Loera Alvarez

From Vision to Daily Practice: Sustainability, Accountability, Positivity
This workshop will share tools for internally sustaining the process of organizational transformation and acknowledging individual staff efforts and accomplishments towards concrete changes. Participants are encouraged to bring strategies that are working for them and lessons learned to share with the group.
Emily Seru, Manager of Internships and Community Partnerships, Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs (HECUA)
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Workshop Time B: Friday 3:00-4:30

Cultivating Transformation at Every Level: Story Sharing and Self-Work as Tools for Overcoming Racism
Everyone has a unique story. When we share that story, we allow others to see the world from our perspective. Telling your story requires bravery. Listening requires humility. This session explores story sharing, self-work and the Social Change Model of Leadership as tools in cultivating transformation for racial justice.
Aeriel and Kyle Ashlee, founders of Ashlee Consulting

Moving from Exclusion to Belonging: Immigrant Rights in Minnesota Today
Join us for an interactive, problem-solving session exploring barriers to immigration inclusion in public safety, economic opportunity, education, housing, public benefits, civic engagement, and overall social acceptance, drawing on the findings from a new report by The Advocates entitled “Moving from Exclusion to Belonging: Immigrant Rights in Minnesota Today.”
Madeline Lohman, Program Associate, The Advocates for Human Rights; Emily Good, Staff Attorney, The Advocates for Human Rights; Sarah Herder, Director of Education, The Advocates for Human Rights

The History that Still Matters
It is important to keep a firm grasp on our history as it relates to people of color in the United States. This session will explore the intentionality of racism, deculturalization, demonization against various communities of color, and their efforts to resist racism historically as well as current efforts today.
Shvonne L. Johnson, Assistant Dean of Students-Minneapolis, St. Catherine University

Identifying Institutional Racism: What Comes Next? Download workshop resources
How do individuals, institutions and communities address institutional racism and create change in policies and practices at all levels? Where do we start? What’s the process? Presenters will discuss how the Minnesota Department of Health is implementing recommendations identified in its “Advancing Health Equity Report to the Legislature 2014”.
Xiaoying Chen, MS, Asian American & Pacific Islander Community Liaison Minnesota Department of Health; Amy Kenzie, Program Coordinator, Sexual Violence Prevention Program Coordinator, Minnesota Human Trafficking Task Force Minnesota Department of Health

X Factor: Exercise in Team Selection
This session is an interactive and reflective exercise that explores the process of selecting team members or partners. Participants will give and receive feedback on setting team norms based on process and outcomes, trust and competence. The discussion examines implicit preferences/bias.
Sida Ly-Xiong, Community-based Research Consultant

Towards a Winner-Doesn't-Take-All Electoral System
Three-seat proportional elections in local elections would help subvert the rivalry between the two major parties, and make them more responsive to minorities. It would also Increase interest in local elections so that racism in local bodies like those who passed the "Stand Your Ground" laws can be more readily subverted.
David L Wetzell, PhD, Independent scholar, electoral reform activist

Responding to Trauma and Chronic Stress with Culture and Racial Solidarity
Barbara Schneider Foundation presenter will briefly discuss their model for responding to the whole person and the model they use to train first responders and community members to de-escalate a crisis without using force. Community conversations in small groups with report back to the large group will follow.
Mark Anderson, Executive Director, Barbara Schneider Foundation

S.C.O.R.E. - A Game for Starting a Conversation on Race Equality
The game Is a new non-invasive approach to having a Conversation on Race Equality. Diversity encompasses acceptance and respect. It means understanding that each individual is unique, and recognizing our individual differences. S.C.O.R.E enables the exploration of these differences in a safe, positive, and nurturing environment for people of all ages.
Audrey Clausen, Curriculum/tool Developer

Transforming Towards Equity: An Ongoing Journey
This workshop, using stories and narrative, will move each participant through the work of transforming a school system towards racial equity. Participants will practice some of the strategies we used to make change in order to begin to bring equity to our system. We will highlight key learnings, successes, and challenges as our work is a process with new learnings each day.
Michelle Bierman Director, Office of Equity; Nancy Páez, Assistant Administrator, Saint Paul Public Schools Office of Equity

Cultural and Ethnic Communities Leadership Council (CECLC) Transforming Relationships Download workshop resources
CECLC members will share with the audience their experience engaging with a state agency for policy and program change, and how they prepared to advise the commissioner on ways to reduce disparities in access and outcomes for Minnesota’s cultural and ethnic communities. They will share the recommendations, policy proposals and policy being considered for the 2015 legislative session.
Pam Cosby, Chair, retired, U of MN/Minnesota Urban Area Health Ed. Center (AHEC); Pahoua Yang, Southeast Asian Mental Health Services, Amherst Wilder Foundation; Vayoung Moua, Center for Prevention Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota; LaJuana Whitmore, Business Entrepreneur, Target Corporation; Nathan Moracco, DHS/Assistant Commissioner, Health Care Administration; Antonia Wilcoxon, DHS/Community Relations Director, Staff to CECLC

Transforming our Understanding: Challenge what you THINK you know about Islam and Muslims
What do you truly know about Islam and Muslims? Our interactive workshop dispels stereotypes about Islam and Muslims. We present factual information about the religion and culture, emphasizing the vast diversity of Muslims and the ways in which they practice their beliefs, and tips and tools for using this information in daily life.
Amber Michel, Countering Islamophobia Intern, CAIR-MN; Lori Saroya, Executive Director, CAIR-MN

From Vision to Daily Practice: Sustainability, Accountability, Positivity
This workshop will share tools for internally sustaining the process of organizational transformation and acknowledging individual staff efforts and accomplishments towards concrete changes. Participants are encouraged to bring strategies that are working for them and lessons learned to share with the group.
Emily Seru, Manager of Internships and Community Partnerships, Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs (HECUA)

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Workshop Time C: Saturday 10:30-12:00

Transforming Race-Related Beliefs Through Paradigm-Busting Questions and Responses - Extended 3 hour workshop
Do you want more techniques that can unbind racial certainty, help deflect and re-channel racially problematic speech and trigger deeper reflection and critical analysis of “race”-related understandings? Using short video clips, we will explore the ways Sleight of Mouth responses can encourage people to explore other ways of seeing and knowing the world and themselves. Interactive. Intensive.
Okogyeamon / Herbert A. Perkins, Co-creator and executive director of ASDIC Antiracism Study-Dialogue Circles; Margery K. Otto Co-creator and administrative director of ASDIC Antiracism Study-Dialogue Circles.

Making the Invisible Visible: Acknowledging White Culture Privilege and Decreasing Cultural Disenfranchisement within Organizations and Systems - Two part 3 hour workshop
Making the invisible visible, the first part of this session discusses foundational values and unspoken rules of white culture within organizations, analyzing cultural privilege and disenfranchisement based on alignment with white cultural norms and references. The second part will be a discussion of transformative approaches, allowing organizations to benefit from the contributions of all members.
Marceline DuBose is an Equity and Integration Consultant and adjunct faculty in the St. Mary’s Culturally Responsive Teaching program.

Transforming the Narrative Through Public Art: Challenging Old Images, Creating New Ones Link to images, narrative & curriculum
Come take a virtual art tour through the State Capitol and other public spaces to critique the images of American Indians and the stories the art tells of early Minnesota history. Learn about a new curriculum that challenges students to develop a more inclusive narrative through their own art.
Jim Bear Jacobs, visionary founder of Healing Minnesota Stories, a program of the St. Paul Interfaith Network; Rachel Latuff, art teacher, North Woods K-12 School, Cook, MN

Telling Stories for Racial Justice
This highly interactive workshop will explore three types of stories – stock, resistance and transforming stories – and provide participants opportunities to uncover and tell their own transformative stories. It will also teach the process for effective storytelling designed to inspire others toward change and action.
Sharon Goens-Bradley, Healing Justice Program Director, American Friends Service Committee

Fantasy or Vision? The Struggle to Advance a Human Rights Agenda in the United States Download workshop resources
Workshop participants will examine human rights tools and examine their relevance (current use and potential application) to advance racial equity/health equity via the Minnesota legislature and the Minneapolis and St. Paul city councils in conjunction with concerted community action by and with those directly affected by the lack of human rights awareness and implementation.
Judge LaJune Lange (retired) Honorary Consul for South Africa for the State of Minnesota, President, International Leadership Institute; Professor Rose Brewer, Ph.D., Department of African American & African Studies, University of Minnesota, Chair, Rhonda Williams Award Committee of the International Association of Feminists; Peter W. Brown, Attorney Minnesota Tenants Union, Member, US Human Rights Network's Task Force on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination

Facing Race: Embracing an Organizational Commitment to Equity
The Saint Paul Foundation and Minnesota Community Foundation, affiliates of Minnesota Philanthropy Partners, have created a new organization-wide racial equity framework, which can be adapted to the needs of other organizations. In this session, participants will learn about the framework and consider how to apply it to their organization.
Carleen K. Rhodes, President and CEO; Rowzat M. Shipchandler, Racial Equity Manager

Cultivating Transformation that Enables Youth to Reach their Potential
Raising a child to adulthood is a critical transformation. Systemic racism and racial stereotypes present unique challenges for our youth of color. Are the answers in solutions of the previous generations or is there a path forward that meets these new challenges? Let’s tap into the wisdom of our communities!
Counselors and participants in Brotherhood, Inc.

Transforming Racial Disparities In Health Care By Addressing Provider Bias: A Framework for Addressing Race, Racism and Whiteness Download workshop resources
This workshop is designed to highlight the role provider bias has in the racial disparities found in Minnesota (and national) health care and then offers a framework for transforming this bias via the introduction of a critical race lens
Stephen Nelson, MD, Physician, Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota and Training Associate, Hackman Consulting Group

I'm More than a Score: Putting Equity to the Test
Students delivering this workshop have been educated during the era of No Child Left Behind, with tests constantly informing us whether or not we measure up. In the current emphasis on tests, we would like to explore the extent to which our tests might be reflecting cultural or other biases.
Mekhi Taylor, South High; Eva Shellabarger, South High; Loren Towle, South High; Nagma Garane, South High; Saida Mahamud, U of MN student; Sara Osman, Mpls. Community and Technical College; Connor Gleason, Graduate of U of MN; Jack Rybar, U of MN student

Bridging Culture at School: Deep into the Iceberg to Reach Hispanics
During this interactive workshop, participants will learn how to transform their message and actions to reach a Hispanic audience. They will identify the main areas in which to bridge culture through describing school and Hispanic archetypes. We'll also address the complexity of being Latino in the USA and the importance of "hope" as a transformational power for a negative social mirror.
Mariana Soldini, Bicultural Educational Consultant; Cristina Ruiz Plaza, Adjunct Instructor, Bethel College

Decolonization as a strategy towards racial transformation: The Igorot Indigenous Peoples’ Experience
This workshop presents decolonization as a strategy to transform racial discrimination into individual and community empowerment.  Decolonization involves the process of self and cultural awareness, acceptance of one’s history and proactively utilizing the strengths of the Indigenous culture and the colonial influences as tools to live in the present.
Dr. Digna Lipaod Adonis, Philippine Cordillera Community in Minnesota (PCCM); One officer of PCCM will be invited as a co-presenter

From MisEducation to ReEducation and Transformation: Learning to Live and Work for Equity & Social Justice from a Position of Privilege
This workshop will address the oppressive reality of miseducation and participants will have the opportunity to share their related experiences. An integrative approach for continuous re-education and transformation will be introduced based on the experiences and a never ending journey over the past 30 years of a white guy with several forms of privilege.
Paul Spies is a professor in the Urban Teacher Program at Metropolitan State and has served on the university’s Anti-Racism Leadership Team for nearly a decade

No Climate Justice Without Racial Justice: Understanding the Connections between Climate Disruption, Racial Justice and the 21st Century Possibilities for Transformation
Climate change presents the most unique challenge our species has ever faced, and will inevitably exacerbate all of the social justice issues we are facing, This workshop will give participants a basic framework of understanding and strategies for using a racial justice frame when approaching the daunting reality of climate change mitigation and adaptation.
Dr. Heather W. Hackman, Founder and President of Hackman Consulting Group

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Workshop Time D: Saturday 1:00 - 2:30

Racism in Hollywood: Breaking Down the Power Structure
From the earliest days of film, our cultural views of race have been defined and reinforced on the silver screen. Filmmakers D.A. Bullock and Lu Lippold will take participants on an insider’s journey through one of the most persistently racist systems in America: the film industry.
D.A. Bullock, Filmmaker, Bully Creative Shop; Lu Lippold, Producer, Twelve Plus Media

Minnesota Young Women’s Collaborative: A Culturally Responsive Social Justice Advocacy Program
This session will focus on the Minnesota Young Women’s Collaborative as a model of a program that cultivates transformation to overcome racism in individuals, organizations, and communities. Program alumni will discuss their experiences of transformation toward racial equity as individuals and communities through this program.
Ariana Yang, Treasurer, NAPAWF-Twin Cities Chapter; Chee Lor, Director of Membership, NAPAWF-Twin Cities Chapter; Dr. Melissa Kwon, Co-Chair, NAPAWF-Twin Cities Chapter

Relationships, Trust and an Open Heart: Building Bridges with Native Communities
How do we build a bridge for a kinder, gentler more compassionate world? How do we reach across lines, real or imagined, that have divided us, physically, emotionally, spiritually, culturally and mentally? Learn Leech Lake Legacy’s story of how trust, deep connections and friendship are developed, and nurtured, between natives and non-natives.
Marilou Chanrasmi, President/Co-Founder of Leech Lake Legacy; Kathryn S. Fairbanks,
Ojibwe Language & Culture Teacher for the Cass Lake-Bena Elementary School, World Language Program


Is MN the New Somalia?
Presenters will educate participants about situation in Somalia, past and present, to further comprehend the 25,000 Somalis that call Minnesota home. Help recognize the transformation happening within the community of this self-proclaimed ‘Nation of Poets” by analyzing the Somali Diaspora through poetry and spoken word of the young people.
Sara Osman and Samira Mohamud

Let’s get Smart. Youth Solutions to the Achievement Gap through Service-Learning
Join the National Youth Leadership Council’s Youth Advisory Council in a hands-on session to explore Smart. Youth Solutions to the Achievement Gap®, a service-learning curriculum which engages youth as leaders, and educators as facilitators, in addressing racial equity. Leave with an action plan to Serve. Learn. Change the World.
Soua Thao, Youth Advisory Council Member; Sarah Gunderson, Youth Advisory Council Member; Arway Boker, Professional Development Manager, Youth Initiatives

Digging Deeper: Transforming Narratives through Spoken-Word
Join hip hop artist and two-time National Poetry Slam champion Kyle “Guante” Tran Myhre for an interactive workshop on “digging deeper,” using the power of storytelling (especially through the lens of spoken-word) to gain a fuller understanding of our own identities, challenge dominant narratives, and ultimately transform the larger conversation.
Kyle “Guante” Tran Myhre is a hip hop artist, two-time National Poetry Slam champion, activist and educator based in Minneapolis.

Discovering the Racialized Self: Backdoor Teaching Strategies in a Predominantly White, Faith-based University
This workshop looks at teaching strategies employed over seventeen years at a predominantly white evangelical Christian liberal arts undergraduate university in the Midwest that have proven successful in promoting honest self-discovery about participants’ participation or acquiescence in America’s racialized society, an important beginning in cultivating racial justice allies.
Ruben Rivera, Ph.D., Interim Chief Diversity Officer, Associate Professor of History, Bethel University, St Paul, MN

Healing from the Tragedy of Slavery Continues
Some young Blacks struggle through this racial period, having a disconnect with who they are, not understanding their history, not understanding why they are so angry. This is an opportunity to grow and heal, instead of continuing violence and persecution. Open dialogue and healing creates a better society for everyone.
Portia McClain, Adjunct Faculty, Concordia University; Suzanne Miric, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

How Culture Impacts Core Beliefs
This workshop will give you the opportunity to explore your own cultural awareness and biases and understand the sacredness of heightening your knowledge of culture in relation to self and others. This workshop will assist providers in understanding how cultural intersections trigger, embrace or evoke resistance in their clients.
Yolonde Adams-Lee, MA,MS, LISW Lighten Your Load Counseling, St. Peter, MN

Let's Not Jump Out of The Frying Pan and into the Fire!: Preparing Pre-Service and Practicing Teachers to Engage With Racially Diverse Students
This workshop will address how pre-service and practicing teachers experience/have experienced cultural and racial identity development in their teacher education programs. Session participants will explore and engage in dialogue about elements of the teacher education experience that pre-service teachers identify as contributing to their understanding of cultural and racial identities.
Maurella Cunningham, Assistant Professor, St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN

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