TENTATIVE WORKSHOP SCHEDULE 2018 Overcoming Racism Conference

Please note that this workshop schedule is subject to change!

Workshop Time A, Friday 1:15 – 2:45

Addressing Racism Through Circle Dialogue How can we talk about racism in a safe, respectful space, sharing our stories, experiences, thoughts? Circles of Understanding create such a space. Learn tools, skills, strategies for constructive circle dialogue, as illustrated by conversations facilitated in conjunction with the Race exhibit at the Science Museum of MN. Jean E. Greenwood, M.Div. Center for Restorative Justice & Peacemaking, Science Museum of MN; Tony Williams. Science Museum of MN staff

Intermediate. K-12 education, Higher education, Human services

An Indian Elder’s Perspective The presenter has been dealing with the impact of federal and local government policies and practices on Indian families and treaty rights. Join him in conversation as he shares his perspectives on what we all should be doing now to respect Mother Earth and work towards changing systems that harm not just Indian people, but all of us. John Poupart holds several degrees including a Masters of Public Administration from Harvard University.  He was President and Founder of the American Indian Policy Center, founder of Anishinaabe Longhouse.  He has served on several Commissions and currently a consultant and continues to be involved in public policy issues at the state legislature, state agencies, county boards, and the Minnesota Supreme Court. He seeks to improve the American Indian situation by utilizing Indian culture and spirituality to build their personal and collective strength.

Building Equity into State Governance This interactive session will provide participants with an understanding of why systemic policy changes are needed to advance equity and health equity in state governance and how this work is progressing in Minnesota and selected states, highlighting the Minnesota Department of Human Services’ adoption of an agency-wide equity policy. Susan Weisman, Senior Staff Attorney, Public Health Law Center

Advanced. Human services, Government, Health/health care

Dream Catcher Project: Explore Difference, Disability and Disadvantage This workshop will explore the special education as a system of liberation or oppression.  Taking a deeper look into special education laws and criteria to promote methods and understandings that will help students succeed by schools distinguishing between differences, disability or disadvantage. Govinda Budrow, Dream Catcher Consultant; Donna Patterson PhD, Dream Catcher Consultant. Elizabeth Watkins, Department of Education; Don Stovall, PhD

Introductory. K-12 education

Educational Windows & Mirrors in Books Teachers and school librarians are aware of the importance of students seeing themselves in their books as well as exploring others’ cultures. School librarians and teachers need community support to make their libraries equitable and diverse. This session will discuss how community members can advocate for school and classroom libraries. Liesl Werner Thomas, Teacher Librarian, Park High School; Kellian Clink, Adademic Librarian, Minnesota State University, Mankato; Ashley Acosta, English Teacher, Park High School

Introductory. K-12 education, Community organizing 

Honoring Those Who Breathe Life Black women have played a critical role in our nation’s movements to uplift people.  Little attention has been paid to the ways that Black women have historically uplifted each other.  This workshop explores the lives of those who have made life better for other Black women and their children. Regina Seabrook Program Manager for Professional Development at Equity Alliance MN

Intermediate. K-12 education, Higher education, Health/health care

Immigration on the Front Lines In 2018 the presenter, a pro bono asylum attorney, worked with Somali clients at Krome Detention Center in Miami, separated families at Dilley Detention Center in Texas, and asylum seekers locally. She will share observations of due process and human rights violations inherent in the U.S. asylum system. Cathy Gnatek

Intermediate. Human services, Government, Criminal justice

In spite of Proclamations and Faith Declarations. In spite of proclamations and faith declarations, the beloved community is far from achieved. Now needed: Recommitment. Assessment & Interrogation – vision and goals; reality check of historical and local context; opportunities and impediments; required and available resources. Tools and Models for action and change. Formation of learning-sharing community. Interfaith Religious Leaders:Okogyeamon, ASDIC Metamorphosis and others

Intermediate. Faith

Racial Truth & Reconciliation: 12-Step Participants will learn about the 12-Step framework focused to examine the effects of systemic racism within us, knowingly or unknowingly, hear about groups that are using this framework and have an opportunity, if they wish, to witness or participate in a first step. Kate O’Connell and Bob Briscoe, community members

Intermediate. Community organizing, Faith

Resilient & Resistant: 7 Generations of Separation of Families This workshop considers history and the use of family separation as a tool by the US government. It has impacted different groups within a political context. It is hopeful when strength and cultural fortification results. Join us in this discussion on elements that emerge after these racist practices are employed. Beverly Bushyhead, Principal, Bushyhead Consulting

Intermediate. K-12 education, Human services, Health/health care

Talking about Race in Predominately White Spaces Strategies will be shared and developed to initiate and maintain conversations about race and racial equity in extremely white spaces.  Staff from a local school district will share experiences as racial equity trainers. Heather Henke, Teacher, Edina High School 

Intermediate. K-12 education, Higher education

Using Effective Curriculum to Deconstruct Racism in Spite of Today’s Social Climate Countering the historical and persistent legacy of negative stereotypes on African/African Americans’ learning and culture starts with effective curriculum implementation. Participants will learn to use resources on the African American Registry (www.aaregistry.org) to create effective teaching strategies through blending historical facts and heritage with affirmation, critique and self-reflection. Ben Mchie, Director of the African American Registry; Yvonne Banks, Professor, school of urban education, Metropolitan State University; Meg Thomas, Lead Teacher, University of Minnesota Lab School, & Coach, African American Registry; Nettie Smith, Coach, African American Registry

Intermediate. K-12 education, Higher education

Walking In Their Shoes Designed to help social service workers better understand the decisions participants need to make, choices they are forced to consider and the potential effect it has in their families. This will, in turn, allow social service workers to use a more holistic approach to serving those in some government programs. Anietie Ekpo-Umoeka, MPA, GCDF, Training Specialist, Hennepin County; Hillda O. Orieny; Ahmed Urur 

Intermediate. Human services, Government

What Went Wrong? Overcoming Racism in Partnerships Building on the 2014 “What Went Wrong?” conference, this session offers a framework for analyzing and transcending the wrongness of structures and practices in education, community-institutional partnerships, and social action collaborations that limit effective democratic participation of and the distribution of power. We will explore using “wrongness” as a resource. Sinda Nichols, Associate Director, Minnesota Campus Compact; Susan Gust, community activist and small business owner

Intermediate. Higher education, Health/health care, Community organizing

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Workshop Time B, Friday 3:00 – 4:30

Asian Journeys Minnesota’s Asians are from over 42 countries and territories with over 100 different languages.  Racism affects them all in ways similar and different than other ethnic minorities.  This workshop will address the historical perspective as well as strategies for overcoming racism and culturally-based methods for healing and building resiliency. Rev. Dr. Jean Lee, President & Executive Director of Children’s Hope International/ R & R Family Ctrs, and APAHC; Lee Pao Xiong, Director of the Center for Hmong Studies at Concordia University, St. Paul and professor of American Government/Political Science and Hmong Studies

Cultivating Resilience: The Power of Story and Ancestral Connections Our stories of origin shape our understandings of race, identity and belonging. Drawing from a congregational curriculum, we’ll use guided reflection to explore our own ancestors’ stories, tap resilience and resources, and deepen commitment to anti-racism work today, in spite of the systemic oppression embedded in our national origin story. Rev. Karen Hering, author and consulting literary minister, Unity Church-Unitarian, St. Paul, co-author of the “My Story, Your Story, Our Story” curriculum; Antoinette Williams, Unity Church-Unitarian

Intermediate. Faith, Arts

Deconstructing Assessment to Align and Reflect the Community Assessment is an important part of many institutions, yet the tools often do not authentically reflect the local community. This workshop will discuss the benefits and limitations of norm-referenced assessment and provide a deconstruction strategy to achieve more locally referenced reliability and validity, using the Sociocultural Checklist as an example. Donna Patterson, Ph.D: MDE consultant in the Dreamcatcher Project; Augsburg University (retired)

Intermediate. K-12 education, Higher education, Health/health care

Dismantling Racism in Education 50 years After the Kerner Commission What did the 1968 Kerner Commission report recommend for dismantling racism in schools, and why is racism in education still a problem 50 years later? This workshop will address this key question and examine white fragility and poverty as barriers to equity, as well as models for systemic change. Nancy Michael, Executive Director; Rebecca Slaby, Director of Curriculum and Instruction; Robin Starch, Director of Education, AMAZE

Intermediate. K-12 education

Dismantling the Minneapolis Police Department – 150 years is enough! We will unpack the visionary organizing strategy of MPD150 – changing the narrative around police reform towards building a police-free future. The workshop will combine descriptions of our organizing process with exercises and discussion around what it would take to eliminate policing. Carrie Lindberg, Kyle Tran Myhre, and Molly Glasgow

Intermediate. Human services, Government, Criminal justice

Equity Policy Implementation at the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) DHS commissioner approved an equity policy for the agency to become more equitable. Framed under the five goals of the National Partnership for Action to Eliminate Disparities, it provides a comprehensive set of recommendations examining internal operations so inequities experienced by racial, ethnic and other marginalized communities are eliminated. Vayong Moua, CECLC Chair; Two members of the CECLC; Three DHS Assistant Commissioners; Three newly hired DHS Equity Coordinators

Advanced. Human Services, Government, Health/Health care

Human Centered Design to Address Disparities Faced by Latino Students in Southern MN This workshop will describe a design thinking process used by Latino families to increase opportunities and reduce barriers they face while living in a Southeastern Minnesota community. Participants in this workshop will engage in meaningful conversation about racism with community members and University of Minnesota Extension Faculty using design thinking. Silvia Alvarez de Davila, PhD, UMN Center for Family Development Extension Educator and Associate Professor.

Intermediate. K-12 education

Knowledge is Power: Reclaiming Our Wisdom What power dynamics are present between who knows and how we know? What cultural shifts move us to new ideologies? Join this discussion of knowledge, power and the ecology of ideas because “You cannot describe anything without betraying your point of view, your aspirations, your fears, your hopes. Everything,” James Baldwin. Sida Ly-Xiong, Evaluation, Equity & Engagement Consultant www.slyxiong.com; Kia Moua

Intermediate. Higher education, Government, Community organizing

On Becoming Stone-Catchers In Just Mercy, Stevenson suggests we become “stone-catchers”, instead of standing aside and watching the stone throwing that occurs to those oppressed by the system. The workshop facilitators will share personal experiences of teaching for and teaching against and will engage the audience in dialogue to find ways to become stone-catchers. Jan L.H. Frank, PhD Associate Professor, Dept of Teacher Education, University of St Thomas; Kerry Frank, PhD, Associate Professor (retired), Graduate School of Professional Psychology, University of St Thomas

Intermediate. K-12 education, Higher education, Human services

Overcoming Racism in Government in Spite of Histories of Oppression People are finding it harder than ever to trust government. This session explores how government can embed racial equity within institutions to build trust with community. Bruce Thao, Director – Center for Health Equity, MN Department of Health

Intermediate. Human services, Government, Health/health care

Overcoming Racism in Spite of Our Blinders This workshop uses the engaging TED talk by Dr. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. It illustrates the impact of culture and how it informs and organizes our thoughts/feelings about the world in which we live. Most of us hold unexamined single stories, our blinders. It is by removing these blinders that we can overcome. Rev. Elizabeth Beir & Rev. Jen Collins, Saint Paul Area Synod (ELCA) Anti-Racism & Multicultural Workgroup leaders; Racial Equity Tools Facilitators

Introductory. K-12 education, Community organizing, Faith

Practical Ways of Challenging Islamophobia We may know Islamophobia is an issue, but do we know what to do about it? This will be a collaborative space to explore this question. It will start with a short presentation on Islamophobia and how people are countering it. Participants will work in groups to create action plans. Jaylani Hussein (CAIR-MN)

Introductory. K-12 education, Community organizing, Faith

Providing Asylum in the Face of Racism The Advocates will uncover the racist history of our immigration policy, looking at Central American migrants from the 1980s through today. The horrors of family separation are part of policies that have targeted these migrants for decades, denying them safety and asylum. Presenters will offer concrete ways to assist asylum-seekers. Madeline Lohman, Senior Researcher, The Advocates for Human Rights

Introductory. Human services, Community organizing, Faith

The Inspiring Hope & Transformative Power of Youth Participants will interact with current and graduate members of the Youth Executive Board (YEB) in this interactive session.  YEB members will inspire participants through their testimony of how YEB transformed their lives, created a space for them to engage their passion for justice to create systemic change in our communities. Heidi Fransen – Equity Alliance MN Program Manager; Kady Moua – Equity Alliance MN YEB Co-Facilitator; Panel of youth comprised of current students and graduates of Youth Executive Board (YEB)

Intermediate. K-12 education, Higher education

Working to Overcome Racism through Applying an Equity Instruction-Curriculum Compass Learn how Roseville Area Schools is using an equity instruction-curriculum compass to shift educator competencies and curricular focus. The session delves into application to the World Studies Trans-Atlantic enslavement lesson, covering the change process, the content shift, and the resulting increase in student engagement and confidence to talk about race. Christina Hester, Roseville Area High School Principal; Mary Hannula, Roseville Area High School Social Studies Teacher; Carly Miller, Roseville Area High School Social Studies Teacher; TBD, Roseville Area High School Students; Kitty Gogins, Roseville Area School Board Chair

Advanced. K-12 education, Higher education, Human services

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Workshop Time C, Saturday 12:30 – 2:00

Challenging Islamophobia through Theatre Arts What happens when stereotypes go unchecked? How does media feed the Islamophobia industry? How can Muslim Americans or marginalized students feel like empowered contributors in a white dominant society with hostile narratives rising against them? Through storytelling, creative writing and theatre participants will embody stories through a critical literacy lens. Maria Asp, Neighborhood Bridges Program Director, Tessa Flynn Henderson, Community Engagement Manager

Intermediate. K-12 education, Higher education, Arts

Grit or Connection? Challenging Narratives of Success In this presentation, we critique the over-reliance on instruments that focus solely on the individual, while making the case for the adoption and implementation of an institutional or social lens to create tools that can serve as catalysts for more effective, systemic change that will guarantee success for all. Participants will compare instruments, brainstorm, and engage in discussion. Charlotte Kunkel, Luther College,  and Ron Ferguson, Ridgewater College

Intermediate. Higher education, Health/health care, Business/economy

Inner Resistance: Strengthening Our Capacity to Overcome Racism through Deep Inner Work This is not a presentation; it’s an opportunity to do deep, self-reflective inner work. By getting a closer look at the way you relate to power, fear and discomfort in your life and relationships, you will hone your capacity for hope, resilience, and resistance – within yourself. laura brewer – Founder, Do The Heart Work; CEO, Mean Well. Speak Well. Do Well., Inc.

Advanced. K-12 education, Higher education, Community organizing

Institutional Racism and Adverse Childhood Experiences Participants will explore institutional racism, Adverse Childhood Experiences, the long-term effects of untreated trauma, and their intersectionality. Workshop attendees will also be able to identify the equity gaps in their systems and will be able to more effectively engage with their students of color. Will Aguero; Mau Landis; Titilayo Bediako; Bob-e Simpson Epps; Pablo Obregon

Intermediate. K-12 education, Higher education, Community organizing

Let’s Talk:  Creating a Courageous Space at Work to Talk About Current Events that Impact Us Members of DHS/Children & Families Services “Let’s Talk” committee will share how they create a courageous space at work to talk about the current events that impact us personally, professionally and in our community.  Join us for a hands-on demo of a tough topic we already tackled – police violence. Pamela McCauley, Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) Manager, State of Minnesota, Department of Human Services (DHS)/Children & Family Services (CFS) Administration; Jeanne McGovern-Acuna, MFIP Strategic Projects, State of Minnesota/DHS/CFS; Kristen Shouman, Management Analyst, State of Minnesota/DHS/CFS

Intermediate. Human services, Government

Let’s Talk About Racism: Especially NOW with a Resurgence in White Supremacy This workshop will involve participants in discussion about today’s challenges from a resurgence of white supremacy and how to take action in spite of… Participants will learn practical ways to engage in conversation with others to better understand the reversals in our society and the impact these changes can have. Discussions that Encounter Organizers/Facilitators: Rev. Dr. Arthur Agnew, Bill Keatts, Lou Schoen, Rosalind Sampson

Intermediate. Higher education, Government, Faith

Native Land Return in Spite of the Doctrine of Discovery and “Legalized” Land Theft Through presentation and discussion participants explore four topics: Historical – the Doctrine of Discovery and land theft. Personal – the family farm and Native land return. Theoretical – reasons for white people to return land. Practical – ways white Minnesotans are returning land. How can participants combine land reparations with their passions? John Stoesz spent 30 years working in program and executive director roles for faith-based justice and peace organizations. He is a member of the Dismantling the Doctrine of Discovery Coalition – a nationwide network of people of faith working to undo this horrible injustice.

Intermediate. Community organizing, Faith, Environment

Overcoming Racism in Spite of Discrimination Against Immigrant Communities This workshop will be led by youth leaders actively organizing for immigrant rights and will encourage and motivate new participants to understand the roots of migration, the divisions within immigrant communities and the importance of the struggle to be led by immigrants with leadership from our younger generations. Samantha Sanchez, Minnesota Immigrant Rights Action Committee (MIRAC) leader and Augsburg student; Daisy Kabaka, MIRAC leader and UMN Alumni; William Martinez, MIRAC co-founder

Introductory. Community organizing

Relearning the Past: Informing the Present How do we explain the current state of our country? What was the trajectory to where we are? In order to change our course, we must first accurately trace our historical path. By changing the narrative, we can chart our way to the creating the country we desire. Kevin J. Williams, CEO K. James Consultations, Co-Founder Take A Knee Nation

Introductory. K-12 education, Higher education

Resilient Connections: Developing Leadership & Wellbeing in African Immigrant Communities This session will inspire, equip and connect attendees to see rightly with their hearts by being culturally sensitive, acknowledge how cultural differences impact diverse communities, be aware of their own cultural values and attitudes when faced with diversity, resist stereotyping, allow people communicate their views, and valuing all human capacity. Tolulope Ola (PhD; MPH) and Richard Oni (PhD), Progressive Individual Resources Inc., West St. Paul

Intermediate. Human services, Health/health care, Community organizing

The Great Game of Power What does power look like in the physical world? How do we reclaim it? The Great Game of Power is an exercise designed by Brazilian writer and politician Augusto Boal to help participants visualize and process manifestations of power using commonly available items: chairs, a table, and a water bottle. Julia Tindell, Program Coordinator, MN Alliance on Crime

Intermediate. Government, Community organizing, Criminal justice

The Scar of Mentacide In our nation’s k-12 education system, African American male students are lagging behind. Race and ethnicity have become predictors of grades, test scores, and other measures. Our education system has become an apparatus of Mentacide, which has been defined as the raping of the mind and spirit of a Black family. Timothy R. Warren

Intermediate. K-12 education, Higher education, Community organizing

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Workshop Time D, Saturday 2:15 – 3:45

A Black Woman Narrative: We did that! The Essence of the Black woman is in the quiet behind her eyes, the storms and rainbows of her past and the souls of her feet – even if you only hear about the lashing of her tongue and the nurture of her bosom. We have been, are and will always be leading anti-racism work – join us on our battlefield. Kiesha Lamb- Equity Consultant; Shanene Herbert- Healing Justice Program Director (American Friends Service Committee)

Intermediate. Human services, Community organizing, Arts

Bail, Fines and Fees: Dismantling Structural Racism in the Criminal Justice System It is important to understand how bail, fines, and driver’s license fees have worked to perpetuate systemic racism in the criminal justice system and beyond. This session will focus on what the law is, how it is actually applied, and what attendees can do to advocate for change. Mary F. Moriarty, Chief Hennepin County Public Defender

Intermediate. Government, Community organizing, Criminal justice

Building Solidarity Through Histories of Family Separation Family separation has been used against many BIPOC communities throughout history.  The practice has deep roots in white supremacy and colonialism.  This workshop will examine the interlinking histories of family separation across several communities of color and use them to understand ways we might build solidarities across our communities/identities. NPA: Network of Politicized Adoptees, Kurt Blomburg, Kyung Hoon Filla-Kim

Intermediate. Human services, Government, Community organizing

Civility is in the Eye of the Beholder (Disrupting Racism In Spite of MN Nice) Is communication uncivil if anger is expressed? What if that anger is justified? Is anger ever okay to convey? Does the expression of anger have a place in civil society? Is MN Nice equivalent to civility in action? Come explore this provocative subject safely among friends. Beverly Bushyhead, Principal, Bushyhead Consulting

Intermediate. Community organizing, Faith, Business/economy

College Activism: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow Advocacy, especially on college campuses, has always been ever-changing. In this presentation, we will take a look at the history of college activism, make comparisons between the past and the present, as well as openly discuss the complexities of activism and its effects on us as individuals and communities. Pantsai Moua; Ree Ford; Valeria Sanchez; Laila Hernandez; Bushra Ali; Davindra Hansraj; Naomi Cowan; Pachia Thao

Intermediate. K-12 education, Higher education

How Bias, Prejudice, and Stereotypes Impact Our Schools Do students and families with marginalized identities and lived experiences feel safe and supported in your school community? How are invisible bias and stereotype threat barriers to educational equity and inclusion? Learn how and in what situations bias and stereotypes appear in the school environment and how to address them. Nancy Michael, Executive Director; Rebecca Slaby, Director of Curriculum and Instruction; Robin Starch, Director of Education, AMAZE

Introductory. K-12 education

Muslim-inclusion: An Insight Into Workplace Realities There is a great need for understanding Muslims in the workplace. This presentation starts with Hanadi’s personal story exposing biases that exist in the workplace today and how those affect company performance and employee productivity. It will include common misconceptions and suggestions for transforming the work environment and empowering Muslim employees. Hanadi Chehabeddine / Hanadi sbc

Intermediate. Business/economy

Overcoming Racism in Spite of Microaggression What is a microaggression? Many of us are subjected to microaggressions on a daily basis. How do we identify these actions? How do we address them after they have been identified? How do we make sure we are not the ones facilitating the microaggressions? How do we recover and repair? Cedrick Frazier, Staff Attorney, Education Minnesota; Angela Osuji, Racial Equity Advocate, Education Minnesota; Roberta Hernandez Rasmussen, Racial Equity Advocate, Education Minnesota; thomas carlson, Racial Equity Advocate, Education Minnesota

Intermediate. K-12 education, Community organizing, Faith

Overcoming Racism in Spite of Our History: Discussing Systems Awareness Systems awareness, based on systems theory, is an approach that recognizes, among other things, that a person is intrinsically enmeshed in its environment. Our environment includes space as well as time. How does our racist history affect us? How can systems awareness help deter, transform, and heal a racist country? Dominique Paloma Bible, Community Educator

Advanced. K-12 education, Environment

Overcoming Racism: In Spite of White Supremacy In dealing with the issue of race, one of the greatest fears many white people have is being called a racist.  Understanding that all white people are racist simply by being white is often a difficult pill to swallow.  This workshop will address this issue head-on. Peter Eichten, Metropolitan State University Community Faculty Member

Introductory. Higher education, Government, Business/economy

Recovery from White Conditioning Join us as we examine ways in which white supremacist ideology lives in us and around us, whether we’ve invited it in willfully or not. Join us as we move actively toward our own freedom and fullest version of our humanity by fighting against and recovering from white supremacist teachings. Cristina Combs, LICSW plus a colleague/friend who identifies as a Person of Color and will host the Reflective/Healing/Listening Circle for BIPOC participants

Intermediate. K-12 education, Human services, Community organizing

Towards Overcoming Racism and Whiteness in the Experience of Young Black Boys Research shows that as early as pre-school, some Black boys experience racist stereotypes, destroying their confidence, impacting their identities, and shaping the path from school to prison. This workshop facilitates dialogue concerning racism towards young Black boys and offers skills for teachers, parents, and communities to overcome racism and whiteness. Virginia Lea, Professor, University of Wisconsin-Stout; Babatunde Lea, Musician and Educator, Educultural Foundation

Intermediate. K-12 education, Higher education

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