Overcoming Racism: Awakening, Woke, Taking Command
November 3-4, 2017
Workshop schedule

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

Black-Whiteness Allyship
Jan L. H. Frank, PhD; Associate Professor; University of St Thomas
Kerry D. Frank, PhD; Associate Professor (retired); University of St Thomas
Many people of color have deep distrust for White Americans, reflecting awareness of the difficulty associated with forming allyships with Whites. This session will present a cognitive and behavioral approach to interrogate what an ally is, thinks, does by creating dialogue to raise awareness, consciousness, and ways of “seeing” allyship.

Changing Directions, Changing Lives: Co-producing Culturally Meaningful and Holistic Integrative Practices
Dr. Richard Oni, Executive Director & Dr. Tolulope Ola, Program Director, Progressive Individual Resources Inc.
Delivering mental health services with improved outcomes in the African immigrant/refugee communities should involve power balance between people receiving services and the professionals delivering services. Participants will learn how to deliver mental health services by tapping into available resources within the community. Emphasis will be placed on the Co-production Model.

Cultural Divisions - Mending What's Broken
Zeyruk Ali, Grace Lee, Lawrence Mead, Ester Mitchell, Jason Kamau - All members of the Ramsey County Anti-Racism Leadership Team
Members of the Ramsey County Anti-Racism Leadership Team will provide prescription for mending what’s broken in our community. Diversity unites us while division divides us as community, we will learn about some of the causes of division and how we can bridge the gap between division and diversity. Division because of a system that shows partiality (exp. When the officer that killed Philando Castile was supported by the department he gets away and seeks a new start; while first Somali police officer that accidently shot a Caucasian female gets no support from his own colleagues plus police chief resigns). What can the minority community do to help their communities heal?

Deep Canvassing: Conversations to Reduce Racial Prejudice
Rachel English and Sharon DeMark, Jewish Community Action
Question: How do we reduce racial prejudice and xenophobia among folks who would never choose to come to a racial justice program? Answer: We bring the conversation to their doors! We’ll introduce Deep Canvassing--providing time for discussion and practice--and invite participants in as co-creators in our process.

Dismantling Racism - Examining Institutionalized Racism
Pa Der Vang, Ph.D., and Terese Hermann and Jessica Hanson, St. Catherine University Students
Students in Dismantling Racism, a Global Search for Justice Course will discuss their research on institutionalized racism, how it manifests in everyday life, and how systems of oppression and privilege work to maintain institutionalized racism.

Disparities & Disproportionalities: Looking Critically at Narratives of Difference
Vidhya Shanker, Independent Evaluation Professional
Public sector organizations increasingly acknowledge varied outcomes and an incongruence between staff and clients. In doing so, we tend to rely on the prevailing narrative of racial and cultural difference. This session aims to change that individualized narrative by introducing critical understandings of difference. Participants will explore the source of disparities, disproportionalities, and difference itself.

Know your FACTS: Why Overcoming Racism Starts with the Self
July Vang, MBA (Amherst H. Wilder Foundation, Hmong Museum, Planned Parenthood, MPR Generation Listen)
Do we know our facts when we read the Sunday paper? Watch the news? Conduct scientific research? Listen to podcasts? This workshop will introduce the FACTS model for participants to learn how to extract the truths that ultimately drives their beliefs, decisions, and actions on racism in their community.

Leading and Working with a Racially-Conscious Lens
Jazmin Danielson, M.A., Executive Director, Beyond Walls
Do you know the six behavioral practices that white racially conscious women use to dismantle systemic racism and interrupt discriminatory practices? This interactive workshop provides participants with practical skills on how-to create safe spaces to confidently engage in emotionally-charged topics such as racial inequities and disparities and issues of white-privilege.

Organizational Development and Movement Building: Field Study of Chicago’s Capacity Building Initiative
Sida Ly-Xiong, Equity Evaluation Consultant, MS
Are nonprofits working for their communities or their funders? How do we stay intentional and community-centered? This session shares lessons and recommendations from grassroots groups working with and within nonprofit funding structures to strengthen organizational and community capacity.

A Practical Plan to End Racism
Timothy McGettigan, PhD, Professor of Sociology at CSU-Pueblo and Earl Smith, Emeritus Professor of Sociology at Wake Forest University
Racism is a type of undemocratic social architecture that people can construct and dismantle by choice. Jane Elliott routinely constructs and destroys "eye pigment racism." The US can dismantle racism by erasing the 3/5 Compromise and every other suggestion that dehumanizes people of color.
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Taking Command of Racism in K-12 College Credit Courses
Kitty Gogins, Roseville Area School Board Director and Equity Alliance MN Board Chair
Amy Dahlin, Roseville Area High School English Curriculum lead and National Board-Certified Teacher
Learn how Roseville Area Schools is successfully taking command of redressing institutionalized racism to dramatically reduce disparate participation of students of color and English Learners in College Credit courses. Participants will have an opportunity to discuss application of the approach to an issue of interest.
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They Do It Through Taxes
Rev. Dr. Jean Lee, President/Executive Director – Children’s Hope Intl/R & R Family Ctrs., APAHC – the Housing Consortium.
Fighting “Taxation without Representation” fueled the American Revolution and led to creating the United States of America. Presumption is taxes, assessments and fees are “fair” and “due” versus being tools for racism. In-depth analysis reveals how these are used against people, changes needed, and how participants can “fight back”.

Working Towards Inclusive Spaces
Joanne K. Reeck, M.A., Founder & Lead Trainer, United for Change Consulting, LLC
What happens when a well-intentioned focus on inclusion is not enough? More specifically, what happens when a well-intentioned, yet under-informed focus actually works against creating inclusive spaces? This presentation will explore 4 common ideologies and behaviors that many well-intentioned, yet under-informed individuals and organizations unknowingly subscribe to or engage in that actively work against the creation of inclusive spaces.

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Workshop time B: Friday 3-4:30

Allies & Advocates: Ally Bootcamp
Dee Sabol, Executive Director, The Diversity Council
Torres Hodges, Director of Community Engagement, The Diversity Council
Shirhan Vgas, Facilitator, The Diversity Council.
“Ally Bootcamps” are participatory scenario-based sessions that provide opportunities for individuals to learn about and practice responses to incidents they encounter in their daily lives. Sessions include tips and tactics for de-escalation, peaceful intervention, and reporting on behalf of a victim or intended victim while avoiding confrontation with an aggressor. Attendees will gain insight into hosting such sessions in their communities.

Awakening Healing from WRF Induced Racial Trauma.
Ricky De Foe (Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa), ASDIC Metamorphosis facilitator; Maria McNamara, ASDIC Metamorphosis facilitator; Jenna Thorsett, ASDIC Metamorphosis Administrative Assistant; Okogyeamon, ASDIC Metamorphosis Executive Director
The “Awakening Healing from “White Racial Frame” Induced Trauma from Disconnection to Connection” workshop defines and illustrates, experiential understanding of racial trauma and the avenues of healing. Features Indigenous and shamanistic methods and practices of healing.

Awakenings at Ramsey County
Jodi Ippolito, Allan Malkis, Donita Osborn, Felicia Marie Wilson - all members of the Ramsey County Anti-Racism Leadership Team
Members of the Ramsey County Anti-Racism Leadership Team will describe their own awakenings to the realities of modern racism. These personal stories will illustrate the types of situation and experiences that can prompt awakenings. Participants will have a chance to share their own stories with others in small groups.
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Class Hacks: Building Teacher Capacity to Disrupt Racism
Cristina Benz, Teacher Leader, Minneapolis Public Schools, Kara Cisco, Teacher , St. Louis Park Public Schools, Jen Goepfert, Behavior Systems Consultant for multiple districts
Learn how a group of rogue, equity minded teachers and administrators spanning multiple districts, grade levels, backgrounds and years in the profession have banded together once a month in order to develop a protocol for strength-based conversations about race, support tangible culturally responsive teaching methods, and institute measurable change in classrooms across the state.

Combating Human Trafficking and Exploitation in Minnesota
Madeline Lohman, Senior Researcher, The Advocates for Human Rights
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.
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Equity Mindsets: Transforming Our Thinking to Advance Racial Justice
Sindy Morales Garcia, Community Initiatives, Wilder Center for Communities
Kirsten Johnson, Director of Community Engagement & Systems Change, Wilder Center for Communities; Jna Shelomith, Diversity and Organizational Development Specialist, Ramsey County; Cardina Esparza, Diversity Institute Manager, Wilder Center for Communities "
This session explores the mindsets that impact our equity work. Together, we will reflect on a series of videos developed by the Racial Equity Action Support Network (REASN) exploring the mental models that impact the way we think about, approach and understand our work to end racism and racial disparities.
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From White Fragility to White Agility: Exploring Inter-racial Friendship
Kate Towle, Project s.t.a.r.t. Leadership; Rosalind K. Sampson, Discussions that Encounter;
Amira McClendon, YES! (Youth Equity Solutions)
How can we deepen our friendships with people of color? When whites have been conditioned to have people of color in service to them, how can we check our whiteness to move from white fragility to white agility? We’ll explore identity and process in an inter-racial friendship.

Jaylani Hussein, CAIR-MN Executive Director; Amir Malik, CAIR-MN Civil Rights Director
Islamophobia is on the rise in America. What is Islamophobia? How is it connected to the concept of “legislating fear?” This session will discuss the root of these issues and suggest ways of addressing them as individuals and as an organization.

150 Years Are Enough! Ending Policing in Minneapolis
Ricardo Levins Morales, Arianna Nason and Molly Glasgow, members of MPD150
Dismantling the police. We will unpack the visionary organizing strategy of MPD150 – a community-based performance review of the Minneapolis Police Department for its 150th anniversary. Using historical and power research, community interviews and creative expression, MPD150 has set out to establish a viable pathway toward a police-free future.

Racism, Prejudice and Overcoming Fear
Kristie Lazenberry, YWCA Racial Justice Facilitator; Intercultural Development Inventory Qualified Administrator/co-facilitator TBD
Through video and group exercises, examine the depth of racism/prejudice in each of us and how and why it persists. Then, examine our fear of those who are not like us; determine ways to conquer those fears and break out of our self-imposed bubbles.

Shared Experiences of Awakening, Woke, Taking Command
Discussions that Encounter organizers/facilitators: Rev. Dr. Arthur Agnew, Bill Keatts, Lou Schoen, Rosalind Sampson
Participants will be presented each of the conference theme elements (Awakening, Woke, Taking Command) individually and as a continuum of related experiences, interspersed with facilitated discussion. Learning will include historical and current events related to the theme, plus practical methods successfully used to develop skills required to live the theme.

Sign on the dotted line: Addressing risk and bias in housing criminal background screening criteria
Brita Blesi, Aeon; Davis Parker, Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative; Candice Rosalez, Project for Pride in Living; Cael Warren, Wilder Research; Lisa Wilcox-Erhardt, CommonBond Communities
Where do you live? How much do you pay for your home? Join a collaborative of leading non-profit housing developers in asking how organizational policies for tenant screening can be reformed to mediate bias in access to stable, affordable housing. Your voice and feedback are needed!
Sample Leasing Criteria
Sample Residents
Selection Criteria Template
Tenant Selection Plan worksheet

Taking Command of an Immigration Conversation
Tammi Thompson, ISAIAH Organizer; Salvador Lopez, ISAIAH Leader
Ever find yourself at a loss for words, or stumbling over the facts surrounding the immigration debate prevalent in our nation today? You will leave this workshop with a toolkit and the skills to have a structured and confident conversation about immigration -- dispelling dominant myths and offering informed rebuttals.

The Transformative Power of Becoming Woke Through the Voices of Youth
Dr. Jean Lubke, Executive Director with Equity Alliance MN, Cat Nakhornsak, YEB Co-Facilitator with Equity Alliance MN, Heidi Fransen, Achievement & Integration Coordinator with Equity Alliance MN, Youth Executive Board Youth Members
Participants will interact with members of the Youth Executive Board (YEB) through conversations in this interactive session. YEB members will help awaken participants to the myriad ways racism permeates their lives. A panel of YEB members will share their personal and lived experiences of how privilege, racism and oppression impacts them in their daily lives.

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Workshop time C: Saturday 12:30-2

Advancing Equity & Resilience by Confronting Structural Racism
Joy Marsh Stephens - Director, ReCAST Minneapolis; Ebony Adedayo - Program Manager, ReCAST Minneapolis
The City of Minneapolis is committed to healing and resilience grounded in the evidence of cultural experience and racial equity. Through Resiliency in the Community After Stress and Trauma (ReCAST), the City in partnership with community, is exploring pathways to increase healing, build power, and change systems so that all who live, work, and play in Minneapolis can be stronger together. This workshop will talk about ReCAST’s framework and will offer participants the opportunity to think about how a trauma informed approach can likewise enhance their racial justice work. 

Becoming an Accomplice: Are You Ready for the New Wave of Allyship?
Faustina J. Cuevas - Senior Academic Adviser - University of Minnesota Twin Cities; Jessica Thompson- Senior Academic Adviser- University of Minnesota Twin Cities
The term ally has become a “buzzword.” We want to move beyond allyship and shift towards becoming accomplices in social justice work. “Allyship” must be re-envisioned to better serve our communities and dismantle systems of oppression. Participants will learn the importance of the accomplice framework and its connection to advocacy.

Beyond Appalled: White people awakening together
Rebecca Frost / Embodied Arts www.embodiedarts.com
You are a concerned white person. You respond righteously each time another egregious act of racism, police violence, (fill in the blank), occurs. You sign all the right petitions and sometimes show up for a march. But, then what? This workshop will be a safe space to discuss, confess, brainstorm, get activated, commit, with other white people, to wake up on purpose.

Minnesota's Criminal Justice System: Are we Woke?
Mary Moriarty, Chief Hennepin County Public Defender
As progressive Minnesotans, we have historically thought of race as an issue in the south. Recent tragedies, however, have put us in the middle of a national conversation on race and the criminal justice system. But have we truly experienced an awakening? Do we understand why a national study just named us the second worst state in the nation for racial disparities? Will we have the courage to have honest conversations about racism in our state so that we remain "woke?" And how will we take command of our criminal justice system to eliminate racial disparities? Attend this workshop for challenging conversations on these topics.

The Pathway To Education Equity is Paved with Community at The Center
Julia Freeman Senior Organizer and Brett Grant Research and Policy Director, Voices For Racial Justice
Historic and current divisions, racial inequity and public discomfort with issues of race and racial inequity often undermine our efforts to truly transform education. Despite changing demographics and stark racial disparities across our communities and state, education leaders struggle to effectively address issues of race. But it is possible to find and leverage real opportunities to achieve increased equity and inclusion in education.

Promoting Fair Assessments
Donald Lee Stovall, Psy.D, Emeritus Faculty UWRF; Portia McClain, M.A.
This workshop will provide an awakening to barriers that reduce the chances of success of American Indian and African American students in public schools. A significant number of students who come from diverse backgrounds are negatively impacted by school placement decisions based primarily on racial or cultural differences. This inequitable treatment has long term implications not only for the future of the individual student, but for society as a whole. Identifying and removing the barriers is a necessary step in improved outcomes for students who come from diverse backgrounds.

Square Up 4 Youth
Beverly Bushyhead, Program Director, Nonprofit Assistance Fund and Titilayo Bediako, We WIN Institute
The world is a riskier place for young people today, especially youth of color. Systems cannot be trusted to be safe places for our children. Communities are shaken and on edge facing threats to their family’s most vulnerable members. We will examine how we can each help.

Understanding Personal Biases
T. Marie King, Activist, M.A. & MDiv
Participants will learn how to identify their racial biases and acquire tools to empower them to move towards authentic relationships across racial and cultural divides into more fulfilling associations. Participants will experience exercises that aide in identifying internal filtered lenses in which participants normally utilize to view the world.

Unpacking the Colonized Mind
Sida Ly-Xiong, Equity Evaluation Consultant, MS; Kia Moua, Diversity/Inclusion Consultant, MHD
How genuine is your allyship? Do you know how colonization has affected your racial identity? Identity and implicit bias can be difficult to unpack with the complexity of intersectionality. This session offers a way to see ourselves with new eyes and close the gap between good intentions and actual outcomes.

What’s in Your Script: Why Blacks often hate talking to White people.
Alvin Killough, Ph.D., University of Minnesota Crookston; Eryn Killough, M.Ed. Diversity2 LLC
This workshop is designed to demonstrate, through participant engagement exercises, how racialized scripts impact interpersonal behaviors and outcomes. Offered are illustrations and advice throughout guided exercises on multiple levels for both intellectual and applied strategy development.

Who Are You: Carrying our Identities With Us
Asma Mohammed Nizami & Nausheena Hussain, RISE
This workshop helps attendees explore their personal + public identities and then use their understanding to fuel intentional interactions within movements, workplaces, and with peers. This workshop will also focus on movement-building through identity work, using Reviving the Islamic Sisterhood for Empowerment as an example.

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Workshop time D: Saturday 2:15-3:45

Awakening to Cultural Differences in African American Youth
Portia McClain, M.A.
Curricula that work for white students do not necessarily support the education of non-white learners. This workshop calls for educators and others dealing with black youth, to awaken to the dominant culture and values of our educational system, in order to nurture respect and cultural identity for all students.

Awakenings – Personal Stories of a Muslim in the East Metro
Mashood Yunus, Secretary of “Building Blocks of Islam”
Adherents of religion of Islam know the importance of Equality and Justice in a society. It is important to be aware of the foundation principles which bring in self accountability hence making a Muslim a natural partner against injustices

Creating Structural Change in Higher Education
Debra Leigh, Lead Organizer Community Anti-Racism Education Initiative, St. Cloud State University; Dr. Mary Clifford, Criminal Justice Department, St. Cloud State University
This conversation centers on the role of higher education faculty in creating changes in the conversations about racism. Attention will be given to the more than 10 years of intentional actions taken at St. Cloud State University, the expanded efforts to collaborate, pedagogical changes, and creating spaces for supporting those involved.

Cultural and Ethnic Communities Leadership Council: Advancing Structural Equity Outside In
Vayong Moua, Director of Health Equity Advocacy, BCBS of MN, Titilayo Bediako, Executive Director, WE WIN Institute, Inc., Michael Birchard, Chief Diversity and Affirmative Action Officer, NHCC, Rosa Tock, Minnesota Council on Latino Affairs, Santo Cruz, Deputy Commissioner, DHS, Antonia Wilcoxon, Director of Community Relations, DHS
This workshop will touch on the Policy on Equity, while hopefully changing the hearts, minds, and structures across DHS and other agencies.

Deconstructing Zionism: An Overview of its Historical Roots and the Colonization of Palestine
Erika Levy and Joe Norcross with Jewish Voice for Peace - Twin Cities
We will deconstruct Zionism as a political movement, the conception of opposition to Israel as anti-Semitic, and expound upon Zionism’s support of settler colonialism and white supremacy. We will ultimately connect this history to Israel’s ongoing occupation of Palestinian land and the harmful effects of its policies on Palestinian people.

How did a White boy like me get to a place like this?
Stephen C. Nelson, MD, Children's-Minnesota & Hackman Consulting Group
This highly interactive session will address the difficulty in discussing issues of race and racism with family members and work colleagues. We will discuss specific barriers to this work through my personal story of awakening and with audience discussion. Together we can take command
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Mentacide: The Illusion of Inclusion
Timothy R. Warren Sr.
Mentacide is also defined as the “deliberate and systematic destruction of a group's mind with the ultimate objective being the extirpation of the group” (Wright 1976). Menticide, according to Daudi Ajani ya Azibo is defined as the raping of the mind and spirit of a Black family. Mentacide creates an illusion of inclusion.

Racism in the Criminal Justice System: An Institutional History and Analysis
Dr. Char Kunkel, Professor of Sociology, Luther College; Amanda Lindberg, Criminal Defense Attorney
Course examines the history of the US criminal justice system, focusing on racism and inequality, tracing parallel social and legal movements, and death penalty, mandatory minimums, bail, and right to counsel. Includes information on social, institutional, political, and economic factors that have contributed to racial discrimination and biases

A Revolution for Today
Beverly Bushyhead, Program Director, Nonprofit Assistance Fund
Resistance has been a response to the racism prevalent in this country for centuries. There have been waves of greater activism to shape dominating forces, we are in such a wave now. What is required to do even more that is effective and lasting? Join the conversation!

Using Anti-Bias Education for Personal and Structural Change
Rebecca Slaby, Director of Curriculum and Instruction and Robin Starch - Education Director, AMAZE
Anti-Bias Education incorporates key strategies that address both personal and structural bias and stereotypes. When incorporated into classroom rigor, it allows students the opportunities to interrupt bias and join together to take action against injustice. This workshop will explore the concepts introduced through anti-bias education and how these concepts can be interwoven into social emotional learning and creating school climate where all students feel a sense of belonging.

Overcoming Racism: Awakening, Woke, Taking Command
November 3-4, 2017
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