We host an annual two-day conference that aims to inspire people to work to overcome racism where they live, work and play, and to provide them with practical tools to do so. The conference draws more than 600 people, and offers keynote speakers, many workshops, and opportunities to network.
Each year we pick a different conference theme. For instance, in 2016 it was “Overcoming Racism: Disrupting Racism as Usual.” In 2017, it was: “Overcoming Racism: Awakening, Woke, Taking Command.”
In addition to participating in the conference, you are invited to help shape it or be a presenter.
In January and February, we begin to brainstorm about the theme for that year’s conference and who would be good keynote speakers and artists. You are invited to participate in the planning process. In the spring we put out an appeal for volunteers to submit workshop proposals based the conference’s theme. Get on our e-mail list to stay up-to-date on our request for presenters.
The Overcoming Racism Conference grew out of the work of ASDIC (Antiracism Dialogue Circles) and Cherokee Park United Church. What started as a community meeting at the church quickly outgrew the space. The conference now meets at Metropolitan State University and draws people from all over the Twin Cities. Conference participants include community activists, educators, government employees, grass roots organizations, and community members who want to learn more. The conference workshops provide them with a wide range of offerings, appealing to both those who are new to antiracism work and want to get involved and those who have been working on these issues for decades.