Overcoming Racism Conference Workshops 2016
Disrupt Racism As Usual
October 28-29, 2016
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Workshop Time A Friday 1:15 – 2:45

Experiences of Minnesota Through the Eyes of a Black Woman
Have you ever just listened to stories of a Black Woman's experience of living here in Minneapolis? Now is the time to hear from a woman who's life " ain't been no crystal staircase" while living here since 1987.
Debra Douglas, Story Teller

An inside/outside perspective on transformative change
The Cultural and Ethnic Communities Leadership Council (CECLC) advises the commissioner of human services on increasing health equity for the people DHS serves. Strategic institutional disruption is key to being effective in this work; cultural change must accompany structural change in order to be transformative.
Antonia Wilcoxon, DHS Director of Community Relations; Vayong Moua, CECLC chairperson; Annastacia Belladonna, CECLC member

FIRE: Facing Inequities in Racism in Education
Learn about FIRE, Education Minnesota’s anti-racism movement. Our EdMN FIRE Fighters actively work to create a comprehensive, systemic, and sustainable framework to support all educators in developing a mindset of racial equity. Join us to learn about three specific projects designed to support the work of social justice educators.
Braulio Carrasco, Racial Equity Organizer, Education Minnesota

Pushing Forward, Getting Schooled, Regathering Strength: Perspectives on Fighting for Racial Equity at a Community College
Colleges often examine student success rates as they discuss racial equity, yet the more complex and nuanced questions about how a campus’s culture of white heteronormative privilege is crafted and maintained are often overlooked.
Taiyon Coleman Ph.D. Assistant Professor, St. Catherine’s University
Renee DeLong Ph.D. Instructor, Minneapolis Community and Technical College
Kathleen DeVore Ph.D. Instructor, Minneapolis Community and Technical College
Michael Kuhne Ph.D. Instructor, Minneapolis Community and Technical College

Disrupting a Legacy of Systemic Racism in American Education: America’s educational institutions and practices have deep historical roots in a dual national commitment to both education and racism.
This session will explore the deep—and often unrecognized—historic roots of the opportunity gaps we see today and offer strategies to disrupt practices that perpetuate educational inequities.
Sue K. Hammersmith and Rose Chu

Project Kofi-Culturally informed School-Based Mental Health: A 25 year archive and perspective on honoring the lives of African American elementary students and families in Saint Paul Public Schools
Kofi’s practice model, in which mental health and cultural perspectives are inextricably linked, will offer participants tangible strategies for integrating culturally-affirming interventions into treatment, developing anti-racist counter-narratives, and strengthening children’s and families’ resiliency through the learning and celebrating of African wisdoms. Join us to learn from our program’s 25 years!
Project Kofi Therapists

From Resistance to Liberation
We will explore pathways to destroying – not only resisting – racism. Racism is a complex system operating at systemic, institutional and cultural levels. It has vulnerabilities, however, and by identifying them we also find our strengths. A liberating vision can change how we teach, organize and love.
Ricardo Levins Morales/ RLM Art Studio

Dynamic Pathways to Disruption
Is a society possible where everyone is included and valued? This session explores necessary steps to get there. To capitalize on weaknesses in racist structures it will take many of us to change direction of the powers that guide society and keep us pitted against each other!
Beverly Bushyhead, MA, MPA, Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, Program Director, Nonprofits Assistance Fund
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Being an Upstander vs Bystander
What is the difference between being an upstander vs being a bystander? What can one person do? This workshop will leave participants with the skills to respond to situations where they have the option of being an upstander vs a bystander.
Jessi Kingston, Director Human Rights and Equal Economic Opportunity, City of Saint Paul; Samty Xiong, Equity Specialist, The Food Group

Systemic Change in the Criminal Justice System: A Public Defender's Perspective

National events have made it possible to have honest discussions about mass incarceration and race. Many people don't understand, however, how policies in the justice system led to mass incarceration of people of color. As Minnesotans, we tend to believe that we are progressive on racial issues, but we don't understand that our policies and practices have led to disparate outcomes for people of color - just as they have in the South. After learning how we got here, we will discuss how participants can be advocates for change
Mary F. Moriarty, Chief Hennepin County Public Defender

Disrupting Our Inner Oppressors
Adapted from the Undoing Racism training that was developed by the Peoples' Institute for Survival and Beyond, our exploration of race and identity goes in depth into our personal experiences within a racist system. After the effects of racism are widely known and examined, we will share our ability to identify the causes of how it is perpetuated.
Dominique Diaddigo-Cash, Program Associate, American Friends Service Committee-Twin Cities Healing Justice Program; Vanessa Taylor, Student Leader, Youth Undoing Institutional Racism-Twin Cities; Christopher Melendez, Youth Leader, Youth Undoing Institutional Racism-Twin Cities

Lethal Discrimination: The Death Penalty in the United States
The Advocates will discuss how pervasive racial discrimination in the U.S. death penalty system leads to state-sponsored torture and killing of a disproportionate number of people of color. Participants will learn how to be effective advocates for the abolition of the death penalty.
Madeline Lohman, Senior Researcher, The Advocates for Human Rights

Don’t Lose Your Voice – When do you Feel Safe Disrupting Racism as Usual?
Disrupting racism as usual can be scary and feel dangerous. How can an organization support individuals who want to speak up and encourage disruption of racism? Learn from others what works in their organizations and share your own experiences of speaking up.
Ester Mitchell, Financial Worker, Angie Taylor, Case Aide III

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Workshop Time B Friday 3:00 – 4:30

Stand with Standing Rock: A Historical Prospective & Front Line Experience
This presentation will give an overview and historical perspective of the Stand with Standing Rock movement.  Two students will also share their experience volunteering at the camp and standing with fellow protectors on the front lines at Sacred Stone and the Red Warrior Camp. 
Michael Birchard, Diversity and Affirmative Action Officer, North Hennepin Community College; Beverly Bushyhead, MA, MPA, Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, Nonprofits Assistance Fund;
Deborah Nesheim, North Hennepin Community College Student;
Vincent Mitchell Birchard, Champlin Park High School Student
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Alternatives to Violence

Participants will use experiential learning. We draw on the shared experiences of participants and facilitators to explore how anger, frustration, prejudice and injustice cause violence in our lives. We will activate leadership potential and empower participants to manage conflict effectively and become agents of peace in our communities.
Rich Deming - Alternative to Violence Project
Carlos Lash - Alternative to Violence Project

12 Step Model of Recovery from White Supremacist Conditioning
This session will invite exploration of ways in which we’ve become ill from the ideology of white supremacy...and ways in which we may recover essential portions of our humanity. Various tools and strategies will be shared for moving through the steps, on an ongoing basis, in community with others.
Cristina Combs, LICSW
Website: https://recoveryforwhitepeople.wordpress.com/ 

DIsrupting the School-to-Prison Pipeline
ISAIAH has successfully negotiated with several school districts to stop suspending students. We believe the disparate use of suspension with brown and black students contributes to a school-to-prison pipeline and should be stopped. Learn how we have disrupted this practice with myriad alternatives that prove more successful.
Sue Budd, ISAIAH Leader; Paul Washington, ISAIAH Organizer; Shonda Allen, MPS Parent

Disrupting Systems of Supremacy through Ethnic Studies
Critical ethnic studies at its very core disrupts racism by centering marginalized narratives and by practicing pedagogies of freedom. Ethnic studies bring voices of people of color to the forefront of the curriculum to begin to understand the current conditions of our society and begin the process of healing.
Kleber Ortiz-Sinchi M. Ed, Social Studies District Program Facilitator 6-12, Minneapolis Public Schools
Samantha Weiman, Ethnic Studies Leadership Resident, Minneapolis Public Schools
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Creative Disruptions: Tips, Tools, and Tactics from the Arts for Organizers and Educators
Art is a powerful way to disrupt dominant narratives, honor people's voices, and spread information. But artistic approaches can be integrated into other kinds of work too-- media, education, organizing, etc. This interactive dialogue will focus on how the tips, tools, and tactics that artists use can be applied elsewhere.
Kyle "Guante" Tran Myhre

Addressing Unconscious Racial and Ethnic Biases
In this presentation an introduction to implicit or unconscious bias, with concepts like microaggressions and stereotype threat, would be explored. And how these concepts relate to racism as usual would be duly explained. Strategies on how to confront these biases across the gestalt of our daily endeavour, leading to a more equitable society, would also be explored.
Dr. Artika Tyner, Monica Habia,and Tam Kemabonta, University of St. Thomas, Saint Paul, Minnesota.

Working Effectively with the Muslim Community
Islamophobia is on the rise, and as diversity in Minnesota increases, it becomes vital to learn how to positively interact with individuals from diverse backgrounds. This presentation will focus on Muslim culture, including basic beliefs and common practices. Additionally, we will discuss unconscious bias and how it can be mitigated.
Jaylani Hussein, Executive Director of CAIR-MN

Equity Analysis Framework for Leaders
Presenters will share an Equity Analysis Framework that leaders can use to consistently apply an equity lens when making a decision or reviewing existing practices, policies and procedures. Application to performance standards and policy development will be illustrated and then participants will have a chance to practice its application.
Kitty Gogins, Board Member Roseville Area Schools, Board Chair Equity Alliance Mn (formerly EMID)
Melissa Sonnek, Principal at Edgerton Elementary School, Roseville Area Schools
RAS Equity Driven Principalship
RAS Curriculum Development Policy

Giganawenindimin: We all take care of each other
We will explore the evolution of a veterinary student service learning organization with two tribal communities in Northern Minnesota. While initially conceived to provide clinical care in underserved areas while helping to train veterinary students, activities have led to greater mutual understanding and partnership in mentoring veterinary students and indigenous youth.
Leslie Harper, Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe
Marilou Chanrasmi, VP Community Healing Programs, The Native America Humane Society
Leslie Sharkey, DVM, PhD, University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine

Disrupting Human Trafficking and Exploitation in Minnesota
The Advocates will discuss sex and labor trafficking in Minnesota, exposing how race, ethnicity, and other forms of marginalization place people at risk and complicate their efforts to seek help. Participants will learn to recognize indicators of trafficking and how to respond when working with potential victims.
Madeline Lohman, Senior Researcher, The Advocates for Human Rights
Human Trafficking in MN
Trafficking scenario
Survivor self-assessment
Asking the right questions

Focusing Our Efforts: Where to Begin Disrupting Racism as Usual?
Where do I start trying to disrupt “Racism as Usual”? Using data to Identify places or processes that result in unequal outcomes helps individuals and organizations focus their efforts. Ramsey County uses several tools/approaches to learn where people of color experience worse results.
Allan Malkis, Senior Program Evaluator, Ramsey County Community Human Services and Ovester Armstrong, Social Worker, Ramsey County Social Services

Disrupting Invisibility: Hlub Zoo, a culturally-specific school-based mental health program for Hmong children and families in St. Paul Public Schools
Disrupting Invisibility (and “model minority” stereotypes) is an essential task to seeing and supporting Hmong children, particularly those who are hurting. Conference attendees will learn about Hlub Zoo, its culturally-affirming model of care, and its history of helping adults understand the pain and urgency of internal, often quiet, suffering.
Mary Her, LICSW, Hlub Zoo Therapist, Amherst H. Wilder Foundation

Let’s Discuss Racism
Identify mental patterns that drive white privilege and learn approaches to discussing race in ways that prevent it from being confrontational or getting derailed. Learn to recognize how internalized white supremacy functions in all of us; how it perpetuates systemic racism as a social norm and driver of institutional racism.
Jesus Ramirez, Artist/Organizer;
Lissa Jones-Lofgren, Host of Urban Agenda, KMOJ & WEQY;
Deanna Abbott-Foster, Executive Director, Dayton’s Bluff Community Council

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Workshop Time C Saturday 12:30 – 2:00

We Will Shoot Back: A Discussion on Violence Within Social Movements
A discussion on violence and its history within social movements. We will discuss how what we constitute as violence is reflective of our social status and our upbringing, how violence can coexist as a tactic alongside non-violent protest, and how defining violence can exist as a tactic of the state.
Amir Sharif, Maimouna Mohammed, Harun Abukar and Vanessa Taylor, Black Liberation Project

Cancelled: And...ACTION!: Navigating Institutional Change as a Staff Member in Higher Education
This workshop will explore the duality, college personnel have, to initiate institutional equity efforts on a staff level and empowering students to disrupt racism. It will navigate through important knowledge and skills to lead social change efforts.
Jerad Green, MA, Educational Specialist, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, College of Food, Agriculture and Natural Sciences, U of M

“Chipping Away at the Edifice”: Disrupting Racism at your Institution.
This highly interactive session will address the resistance to establishing social justice work at your institution. We will discuss interventions to help dismantle this resistance. We will work together to develop a tool kit that can be used to “disrupt racism as usual.”
Stephen C. Nelson, MD, Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, Training Associate, Hackman Consulting Group
Black Lives JAMA
NEJM Black Lives Matter
NEJM Racism Hardeman 2016

Addressing the White Framework in a Faith Community
This workshop will be a panel describing experiences with a small group discussion model for addressing white privilege and racial injustice in a majority white faith community. Participants will have opportunities to interact with the panel and participate in an exercise used in this small group curriculum.
Ingrid C. A. Rasmussen, Pastor Holy Trinity Lutheran Church; Meghan Olsen Biebighauser, Parish Outreach Leader Holy Trinity Lutheran Church; Libby Olstad, Keith Olstad, Sara Jensen, Members Holy Trinity Lutheran Church.

Re-railing the Conversation on Race
In conversations about racism, we often encounter “derailing” tactics on the part of those whose beliefs and behaviors we are trying to shift. Participants will engage in developing and practicing communication strategies for “re-railing” the conversation; and receive resources on creating communities of support and solidarity for this critical work.
Autumn Brown, Core Member at AORTA (the Anti-Oppression Resource & Training Alliance)
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Disrupting the Silence of White Privilege
This interactive session is designed for white people, primarily in educational institutions, to practice noticing and publicly acknowledging the racism and white privilege we carry, listening deeply to others, holding ourselves accountable, and identifying strategies to disrupt the cultural norms and power dynamics of predominantly white institutions.

Julie Plaut, Executive Director, Minnesota Campus Compact, and Sinda Nichols, Associate Director, Minnesota Campus Compact

Looking Forward: A Decolonized American Indian of the Future
If the story of suffering was understood: What a relief! But what can help relieve the burden of racism? Is there hope after so much has happened? Hear a plan for disrupting racism that lives in the hearts and minds of the original inhabitants of this continent.
Beverly Bushyhead, MA, MPA, Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, Program Director, Nonprofits Assistance Fund

Bringing Voices from the Margins to the Center: Community Engagement at DHS
The presentation will anchor on the community engagement efforts currently underway at DHS. It will also present the process the agency has taken thanks to recommendations from cultural and ethnic communities leadership council (CECLC). The purpose is to present a demonstration on how the voices of communities most impacted by disparities can contribute to help improve the overall health and well being with their input on what works best for them.
Antonia Wilcoxon, Community Relations Director; Sarah Myott, Coordinator of Surveys and Opinion Research

The Revolution Starts at Home: How Korean Adoptees Are Disrupting Racism for Individual, Family, Community & Society Transformation
In this workshop transracial, transnational, Korean adoptees will highlight the need to disrupt racist adoption narratives. We will connect how communities of marginalized histories passively and actively perpetuate harm and share ways that the Network of Politicized Adoptees (NPA) hopes to transform ourselves, our families, our community, and broader society.
Network of Politicized Adoptees (NPA)

Story Circle and Absent Narratives of Marginalized, Underrepresented Students
Engage all students (including American Indian, African American, Hmong, Latino, and Somali) in a humanities-based approach to transform relationships, systems, and communities. By participating in story circle, educators will gain strategies for bringing into practice the stories and experiences of people and communities that are often untold, and how to access the Minnesota Humanities Center’s Absent Narratives Resource Collection, a free and searchable database of over 1000 videos, books, readings, and educator guides that reflect the many experiences, cultures, and perspectives of today’s Minnesota students.
Rose McGee and Eden Bart, Minnesota Humanities Center

Building, Sustaining, and Developing a Culture for Racial and Gender Inclusion Equity
Culture eats change for breakfast, and the key to transform inequitable practices and policies is in creating a culture that propels and supports leaders to build, sustain, and deepen the will, skill, and knowledge necessary to move an organization towards racial and gender equity. This hands-on workshop will share tool, strategies, and examples of building structures to create more equitable institutions. Join us as we share our successes and challenges and learn how to move equity forward.
Heidi Lee, Office of Equity, St. Paul Public Schools

Racialized (Im)Mobility
When mobility is the product of a white racist imagination—whether through migration, transportation, geography, accessibility, and/or disability—it becomes a racialized symptom. Minnesotans have not been spared from this history. Through this panel on mobility, we aim to Disrupt Racism as Usual by providing a methodology of resistance.
Centro Campesino: Fernando Rodriguez, Ericka Trevino, Roy Guzman, Juanita Alfaro & Ernesto Velez.

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Workshop Time D Saturday 2:15 – 3:45

A New Kind of Library: Using History and Culture to Build Solidarity - At the Freedom Library - Caravan/carpool there
Participants will be introduced to the work of the East Side Freedom Library, a new community institution whose resources and programs employing history, art, and culture are used to inspire solidarity, advocate for justice, and work towards equity for all.
Peter Rachleff, co-executive director, East Side Freedom Library

The Power of Collaboration: We Can't Do This Work Alone
Equity Alliance MN is an educational collaborative of 13 member and partner districts focused on educational equity. We collaborate because we know we can’t do this work alone and need the wisdom and support of others. With whom can you collaborate to support your equity work?
Dr. Jean Lubke, Executive Director, Equity Alliance MN
Mary Bussman, Equity & Integration Consultant, Equity Alliance MN
Karin Swainey, Equity & Integration Consultant, Equity Alliance MN
Mason Fong, Equity & Integration Coordinator, Equity Alliance MN

Read the Tea Leaves
This interactive session will first highlight the findings of my dissertation findings then begin framing the context of a dialogue with participants about racism in the workplace. The presenter, an African American Administrator in Higher Education, will share her encounters of sexism and racism that almost “disrupted” her personal and professional life, in addition to sharing resources on how to “Read the tea leaves.”
Dr. Kimberly Roan, President of Minnesota Chapter - Association of Black Women in Higher Education

Transformative Power of Antiracism Dialogues -- Toward Disrupting Racism As Usual
Disrupting racism as usual through effective antiracism education and training. Understanding of the methods, content, process, and tools for creating an effective, transformative antiracism training -- workshops and dialogue circles and the acquisition of criteria to critique the effectiveness of antiracism and diversity trainings.
Okogyeamon, PhD, and Sue Hammersmith, PhD.

Helping Children Disrupt Racism through Conversation
This workshop is designed to give adult allies the awareness and skills necessary to have productive, safe, age-appropriate conversations about race and racism with the children in their lives. Developmental stages of children aged birth - 18 years old will be covered.
Alicia Sojourner, Racial Equity Consulting Manager YWCA of Minneapolis
Sara Jensen, Racial Equity Program Coordinator YWCA of Minneapolis

Changing the Way We Do Business
Participants will learn about the history of how government has perpetuated racial inequities and how the role of government is transforming in racial equity work. This workshop will give an overview of the City of Saint Paul’s Racial Equity Initiative.
Jessi Kingston, Director Human Rights and Equal Economic Opportunity, City of Saint Paul: Samty Xiong, Equity Specialist, The Food Group

Grounded Body, Open Heart, Critical Mind: A Recipe for Disrupting Racism
Participants will gain a general understanding of the nexus of embodiment ideologies, compassion practices, and critical race approaches to racial justice. More specifically, participants will leave with a sense of how they can apply these three elements to their racial justice work and how this combination will support the disruption of racial oppression.
Dr. Heather W. Hackman, Founder and President of Hackman Consulting Group

Disrupting Racism in K-12 Social Studies
Saint Paul Public Schools’ Multicultural Resource Center and Social Studies Department collaborate to disrupt racism district-wide. Programs like the Bdote Field Trip, which teaches MN history from a Dakota perspective, have reached over 4000 students from 30 schools. Learn about our process and how to use it in your setting.
Rebecca Biel, Social Studies Supervisor, Saint Paul Public Schools
Sherry Kempf, Coordinator, Multicultural Resource Center, Saint Paul Public Schools

Let’s really talk about disrupting racism!
The workshop facilitators will review examples of historically recognized and contemporary disrupters, providing time for small groups to discuss the approaches used and effectiveness of the example disrupters. The participants will then develop characteristics of disruption that can be effectively used for various situations of interest in our current society.
Organizers and facilitators of Discussions that Encounter: Rev. Dr. Arthur Agnew, Bill Keatts, Lou Schoen, Rosalind Sampson.

Alternatives to Diversity, Cultural Competence & Inclusion
Most organizations respond to their heightened awareness of racialized difference by invoking language focused on culture, diversity, and inclusion. This session will explore three alternative frameworks for understanding and addressing systemic inequities: Reskin’s Mechanisms-based Model of ascriptive inequality, Young’s Five Faces of Oppression, and Smith’s Three Pillars of White Supremacy.
Vidhya Shanker

All Students Need to Learn about Racism to Disrupt It
This session will describe the new Racial Issues Graduation Requirement at Metro State and organizing efforts to get it established/implemented. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss how to get a racial issues graduation requirement created at their own institution.
Paul Spies, Professor and Chair, Racial Issues Graduation Requirement Task Force, Metropolitan State University; Valerie Geaither, Professor of Human Services, Metro State; Don Eubanks, Assistant Professor of Social Work, Metro State

Disrupting Racist Narratives with Community Media
This workshop will familiarize participants with the landscape of local Community Media - TV, Radio, On-Line, and how to work with various organizations and producers to support anti-racist narratives and news, join with them in creating programming, or make new media programs.
Steve Brunsberg and SPNN Staff

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