2019 Overcoming Racism Conference Workshops

PRELIMINARY SCHEDULE & DESCRIPTIONS – Please note that nothing here is finalized yet!

Workshop Time A, Friday 1:15 – 2:45

American Seeds: The Fertilization of White Supremacy and its impact on a domestic and global paradigm – The United States is fertilized and structured by the beast that is White Supremacy. This structure is in the way we view beauty, it’s in our history books, and it expands beyond our borders. This workshop will use spoken word poetry, and pedagogical framework to understand how deeply ingrained white supremacy is in our society, and how we can fight it. – Atosha Rypa, Spoken Word Artist, University of Minnesota Twin Cities student; Salma Ahmed Ibrahim, Community Organizer, Muslim Student Association President.

Anti-Bias Education: A Tool for Dismantling White Supremacy in Education – How does white supremacy show up in classrooms and schools? Why is culturally responsive teaching not enough? Anti-Bias Education is a foundational framework that speaks to the root causes of identity, differences, and bias. This workshop will unpack white supremacy in education and explore the concepts introduced through anti-bias education. – Rebecca Slaby, Executive Director AMAZEworks

Changing Outcomes: Increasing Engagement, Retention, and Support for Teachers of Color – By examining the lived experiences of Black teachers in Minnesota Metropolitan schools, research is clearly defining both the problems and potential solutions to retention or turnover of Teachers of Color.  This session will be a practical and powerful discussion into the potential causes for turnover for Teachers of Color and ways to substantially change this concerning reality. – Dr. Chris Bellmont, Principal in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage Schools

Circle Work for Race Conversations – More Than “Just Talk” – Participants are invited to engage in an immersive circle, using Indigenous circles to practice dialogue. The use of circle seeks to disrupt race conversations centered in whiteness by creating egalitarian spaces and practices. This circle will show participants how to create circle spaces and practice dialogue that centers multiple experiences. – Joaquin Munoz, Augsburg University

Community Experts Who Transform Teacher Education – Teacher education, as a majority-White enterprise, is unable to speak credibly about racial equity and transforming urban education without including people who have experienced racial trauma in PK-12 education. We discuss the pedagogical value of including community experts in teacher-preparation programs, offering critical counter-perspectives of “best practices” in the field. – Letitia Basford + Rachel Endo + Joe Lewis

Confronting White Supremacy 101 – Through the framework of the Four I’s of Oppression we will discuss how white supremacy is integrated in daily life. Individuals will reflect on experiences with white supremacy, address challenges of disrupting racism and how we can overcome limiting beliefs in order to dismantle the white supremacy in our lives. – Tracey Hammell, Academic Advisor, University of Minnesota; Betty Yang, Academic Advisor, University of Minnesota

Dealing with the White Supremacy in Us – This interactive workshop invites attendees to explore the ways that white supremacy is harming us and the work that we do. During our time together, we will reflect on how the dominant culture shows up in us (White Folks and People of Color) and will be given tools and strategies to stop the cycle. This workshop will use the collective wisdom in the room to foster new ideas and think about what is possible when we all do our internal work. – Donte Curtis CEO, Catch Your Dream Consulting

Dismantling the Master’s House:  Dislocating White Supremacy by Debunking Meritocracy – In this interactive workshop, the facilitators will offer tools to challenge the mythology of meritocracy that codifies white supremacy.  Racism and classism have constructed impediments and barriers leading to exclusion of people of color who have been historically marginalized. Dismantling white economic privilege is a prerequisite to overcoming racism. – Char Kunkel, Luther College and Jyoti Grewal, Diversity Council

Disrupting White Supremacy in Authoritative Traditional Institutions – In this interactive workshop we seek to uncover structure, power, and culture that sustain oppressive authoritative institutions – seeing what makes them oppressive and the purposes and interests served. Where they are found not to serve inclusivity and just relationship, we seek to devise ways to challenge them. We shall identity and use interrogative, critical tools for uncovering whiteness manifest and for re-directing these institutions toward inclusive, just, democratic structures, culture, and uses of power.- Okogyeamon PhD; Maria McNamara; Joy Sorensen-Navarre; Rev. Matthias Peterson-Brandt — these and others of Cherokee Park United Church’s Seeds of Resistance and of ASDIC Metamorphosis.

Following the Bread Crumbs – How do you know what bias we carry into the world? Where did our bias come from? Lots of us behave as if we are unaware of the impact of our words and actions. This workshop utilizes scenario small group activities and large group discussion to identify our hidden influencers that contribute to our bias. – Beverly Bushyhead

Marching Forward: Showcasing the Lives and Struggles of QTPOC – This workshop will be used to confront white supremacy in the LGBTQ community and to showcase the leadership of people of color in the LGBTQ community in various sectors, locally and globally. There will also be time to share your own experiences in group discussion.- Alan Toussaint/Graduate Assistant/St. Cloud State University

Practical Ways to Challenge Islamophobia – This workshop will educate on how Islamophobia operates, who are the key actors and what are practical solutions that people can engage in. – Jaylani Hussein, Executive Director of CAIR-MN

The Blind Spots of White Fragility – In a group format, participants will explore ways to examine the blind spots of White Fragility in themselves and others.  They will also discuss ways to call it out and unpack it without shutting down the conversation.  We will have a community discussion about ways to then bring those skills to our personal and professional communities. – Kelly Schoenecker-Middle School Teacher, Bikira Stevenson-HR Specialist, Shannon Jarosak-HR Supervisor, Jane Tierney-Community Education Inclusion Manager

When Those We Love(d) Perpetrate: Power, Control, and Accountability Beyond Criminal Justice – What can and should accountability look like in the age of #MeToo? Culture, privilege, and oppression feed domestic and sexual violence. Criminal justice is not the only mechanism for accountability. By incorporating victim-centered practices and human rights principles, we can all take action to stop perpetration in our communities. – Maret Banks, Underserved Populations Support Advocate, Standpoint; Amy Palmer Lauricella, Staff Attorney, Standpoint; Traci Thomas-Card, Prevention and Advocate Support Manager, Standpoint

When Well-Meaning Isn’t Enough – Well-meaning intentions have never and will never be enough. That is why any work done in the confronting of white supremacy must be unrelenting and born from thoughtful, purposeful minds. This workshop invites participants to explore common ideologies and behaviors that well-meaning individuals unknowingly subscribe to that sabotage their best work. – Joanne K. Reeck, M.A.; Founder and Lead Trainer; United for Change Consulting, LLC

“Why do you always have to bring up race?”: White talk moves in higher education – In this interactive session, participants will examine cases from predominately white higher education spaces in which White talk moves silence diverse perspectives and voices. In addition to naming specific White talk moves, the conversation will focus on how to engage explicitly and productively at the moment of utterance. – Dr. Margaret Finders, Professor; and Dr. Terrance Kwame-Ross, Associate Professor Augsburg University

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Workshop Time B, Friday 3:00-4:30

Addressing Racism Through Circle Dialogue – How can we talk about racism and white supremacy in a safe, respectful space, sharing our stories, experiences, thoughts? Circles of Understanding create such a space.  Learn tools, skills, strategies for beginning facilitation of constructive circle dialogue on difficult issues. – Jean E. Greenwood, M.Div. Center for Restorative Justice & Peacemaking, Science Museum of MN

Decoding Objections: How to To Avoid Alienation While Dismantling White Supremacy – We have to understand where people are at before we pull them towards greater awareness and radical change. We’ll cover concrete skills to unpack and diagnose what’s really going on as well as teach you how to shift your communication to be more effective at both the individual and systems levels. – Joayne Larson, Inclusive Leadership Coach, Sparks of Change LLC

Disrupting Islamophobia – This workshop will dig deeply into allegations made by a Fox9 news story that was immediately discredited, that made false claims about Somali childcare centers.  It will examine how Islamophobia was used in political campaigns and at the capitol to threaten access to childcare for thousands of children in Minnesota. – Abdulahi Farah, Lead Organizer of Muslim Coalition of ISAIAH

Disrupting White Supremacy By Taking Ally Actions – In this workshop we will learn and practice specific skills to strengthen our ability to act as allies for racial justice and to disrupt white supremacy. Participants of this workshop will walk away with skills that will inspire them to take ally actions. – Tequia Brown, Leah Hicks and Eve Lee

Elevating Student Voice to Dismantle White Supremacy – Its Power, Structure and Culture – Live student performance and stories to show their perspective on white supremacy in their schools. Learn what a first-ring suburban school district is doing to elevate student voices and integrate their messages into its power, structure and culture. Student led activities will share tools everyone can use.- Youssef Abdallah, Meshe Ford, Serenity Primus, Talia McWright, Jose Urrutia (Roseville Area High School Students); Kitty Gogins (Roseville Area School Board Chair); Jamey Johnson (Roseville Area Schools District Leadership Specialist, Community Education) & 10-15 Other Students

Fog on the Lens: How our Documents Reveal White Culture and Consciousness – After undoing color-blindness, we must tackle culture-blindness. Join us to breathe fog on the lens of White Culture, invisible to many white organizations. See your cultural traits, values they embody, how these values can undermine inclusion. Audit documents you use in hiring, promotion, funding, discernment, admissions, graduation, etc. – Rie Algeo Gilsdorf, Facilitator & Founder, Embody Equity

Game Changers: narratives of power and possibility – If we are the ones we are waiting for, what’s stopping us?  Active storytelling in the session will help participants explore their own equity journeys and push each other to move through that journey faster, better and together. Participants must come with openness to listen deeply, co-create stories and ability to question themselves.Sida Ly-Xiong

Let Us Plant Imaginative New Existences: Envisioning a Police-Free Future – This session invites participants to join the visionary organizing strategy of MPD150 – planting the idea that we can move from police reform towards a police-free future. The workshop will provide participants with exercises and strategies to lead discussions in their own communities around envisioning a world beyond police. – MPD150

Navigating Systems: Understanding Organizations & Power – This workshop will discuss the ways that racism and oppression are embedded in organizations. By moving from organizational to systemic concepts, this workshop examines organizational culture, meritocracy, and white supremacy. – Ruthie Johnson, Racial Justice Consulting Manager, YWCA Minneapolis; as well as one other member of the YWCA Racial Justice and Public Policy team

Overcoming Racism in America is like asking a Hog to give up Slop – This workshop will provide participants the opportunity to clarify their role in moving America towards this “more perfect Union”. We will address the Acceptant Stage – acknowledge the problem – “America as being a white supremacist Nation”. Each participant will develop their own vision and action plan for moving America toward this “more perfect Union”. – William Moore, Managing Partner, Black Men’s Early Childhood Project; @mnbmecp & facebook.com/bmecpmn

Praxis and possibility:  Interrogating internalized dominance, disrupting white supremacy and patriarchy – As people who self-identify as white and masculine*, how can our lifelong journeys of unlearning internalized dominance help to increase our commitment and effectiveness in movements to dismantle white supremacy and patriarchy in our lives, our institutions, and our world? – Ian Slattery, Graduate Student, Multicultural College Teaching & Learning, University of Minnesota; finn j. Schneider, Graduate Student, Higher Education, University of Minnesota, Community Faculty Member, Metropolitan State University

Reflective Functioning in Young Adult African American Mothers – This thinking space will assist in creating intermediate insight into the parent-child relationships among young adult African American mothers for the following people: Clinicians, Social workers, Psychologists, Counselors, Educators, Infant mental-health specialists, and Developmental specialists.  This research may help elucidate whether, and in what ways, adverse early experiences affect mothers’ abilities to be emotionally attuned to their children, and then paralleled to the professionals whom they work with on a regular basis.  We want to check in to see whether external social supports have any impact on the level of connectivity. If we can understand this, we understand our client better in each of our respective work spaces. – Dr. Sheila Sweeney or Dr. Sheila Sweeney & Dr. Willie Winston

Social Justice in the Classroom: Considering The Source – Dismantling Racism Through Inquiry – Through storytelling, imagery, and song, participants will expand tools of inquiry through practice to engage students using cross curricular investigations of inquiry, reflection, and presentation to eradicate social justice issues, thus creating a just society. – Vynetta A. Morrow, Director- The Social Justice Project

Studying The Link Between Criminal Backgrounds and Success in Housing – A Research Presentation – Review local research that explores the link between criminal backgrounds and housing outcomes. This research is a starting point to change dynamics in the housing market that leave those with a criminal background without access. This disproportionately impacts communities of color as a trickle-down impact of the criminal justice system. – Virginia Brown, Vice President of Advancement at Aeon; Jessie Hendel, Vice President of Advantage Services at CommonBond Communities; Davis Parker, Public Grants and Program Evaluation Coordinator at Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative; Candice Rosalez, Director of Property Management at Project for Pride in Living; Cael Warren, Data Scientist at Wilder Research

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

Co-teaching as anti-racist/culturally sustaining pedagogy: Lessons from a state mandate to correct race-based disproportionality in special education – This session examines White Supremacy in special education. Participants interrogate the Individual Education Plan (IEP) and other special education practices. This enables participants, especially White educators, to challenge our complicity in White Supremacy and to advocate in solidarity with students of color with disabilities and their families. – Jill Leet-Otley, Ph.D., Luther College; Louise Covert, Ph. D., St. Mary’s University

Defusing the Race Bomb: Our Role as Educators – How can we remediate the effects of racism without continually reinforcing the very racist system that we are trying to overturn? How did the fake science of race become so powerful? Can people find their identities outside of race? To what ends or purposes can these identities best be put? Indeed, race is a hoax but racism is a deadly reality. Now, new strategies are being developed to combat racism lest we become engulfed by the failed efforts of the past. – Ken Shain, Teacher and Professional Development Instructor, Minneapolis Public Schools & Education Minnesota

Encountering the Dominant Narrative in Sacred Spaces – This workshop will operate as a case study, how one congregation came to terms with well intentioned, yet harmful images within their church. We will explore the path that this community took to live into their commitment to racial justice. – Rev. Jim Bear Jacobs, Rev. Seth Patterson

From the Mouths of Babes: Growing up Woke – Youth voice is integral in this work. In this session we will hear personal perspectives from a multiracial group of young people. Using their thoughts as a springboard, we will consider how adults can be in coalition with young people as we work to eradicate white supremacy. – Maria Graver Juelich, Ed.S. – Hackman Consulting Group; Gbemisola Saunders, M.S., Ed.S. – Minneapolis Public Schools

How not to become the systems we are trying to dismantle – Shedding our white supremacy culture from within us, each other and within our systems takes time. The lure of white supremacy has tendencies which are easy to fall back into at the expense of equity. The implicitness of whiteness needs to be brought into the consciousness and held accountable. If you find yourself in the space of needing to be held accountable and interesting in finding ways to be in community of unwhitenessing, this workshop is for you. – Kia Moua

Identifying Challenges for Latinx Community Leaders: Where the energy drains? – This workshop explores the application of a leadership training tool that recognizes race, culture, and gender and immigrant experience. Based on the case of of Latinos en Acción (LEA), a Latina mother- led organization located in Dodge Center, MN, we demonstrate a tool that is applied to inform a nascent curriculum aimed at improving the organizational capacities and the long-term sustainability of Latino-led organizations. By sharing the aspects of developing a Latino-centric leadership training kit, we consider the challenges and obstacles of empowering Latino immigrants in the rural Midwest. – Silvia Alvarez de Davila- Extension Educator and Associate Professor Family Development; Fernando Burga, Assistant Professor, Masters of Urban and Regional Planning Program, Humphrey School of Public Affairs University of Minnesota, Extension Specialist Center for Community Vitality; Gabriela Burke, Community Program Specialist, Resource Management, Extension Center for Family Development; Mayra Monarrez , President LEA; Mireya Serrano Secretary LEA; Rosenda Marquez, Treasurer LEA

Innocence: An intervention to combat implicit bias and stereotype threat and reduce disparities in the classroom – Reconnecting children with their innocence makes a profound impact on social and academic outcomes in the classroom. Innocent Classroom workshops introduce educators to a relationship-driven process to unburden students of color and marginalized students from stereotype threat and implicit bias, freeing them to achieve their unlimited potential. – Julian Condie, Director of Programs; Joseph Leadley, Director of Research & Evaluation

messy conversations about equity, diversity, inclusion and liberation – we will gather in circles and invoke restorative practices in engaging us in a deep conversation about equity, diversity, inclusion, de-colonizingand liberation. We will use narratives to help deepen our engagement and work towards healing. – raj with metro state university

Now More Than Ever:  Why Leadership on Racial Equity Requires Emotional Intelligence – For many who care about advancing racial equity, this past year has brought tremendous challenges. Continuing to build an inclusive and equitable society will require not just allies and advocates, but leaders and risk-takers. In this practically-focused presentation, we will explore what the framework of “emotional intelligence” has to offer.- Anne Phibbs, PhD, President & Founder of Strategic Diversity Initiatives

Talking about Race: Overcoming Fear in the Process of Change – White Americans often have difficulty talking about race because of fear of being considered racist. This can hinder conversations needed to advance anti-racist work in schools and in the community. Learn how principals are leading racial equity work with teachers, and how strategies can be applied in your work context. – Dr. Emily Lilja Palmer, Principal, Washburn High School, Minneapolis

The Mindful Genogram: The Examination of Ancestral and Bias or “Where did that thought come from?” – The participants will be guided in mindful examination of generational family history to identify patterns of racism. – Drs Carol Penn and Kathy Farah, Senior Faculty for Center for Mind Body Medicine, work with acute and historical trauma. Their different racial and cultural backgrounds create a rich framework for exploring racism. – Dr Carol Penn, DO, Director of Service Integration Ocean Health Initiatives, NJ, CMBM; Dr Kathy Farah, MD Childrens MN Integrative Medicine, CMBM

Using Okun & Jones’s “White Supremacy Culture” as a dismantling tool – Learn about Tema Okun and Kenneth Jones’s powerful framework for building self-awareness within organizations around White Supremacy Culture and one local faith organization’s experience using it. Leave this interactive session with tools and strategies for implementing the framework in your own organization, along with networking resources to support your efforts. – Scott Endo, Instructional Coach, Hopkins Public Schools, Social Justice Committee Chair, Race Equity Committee Member, Calvary Lutheran Church (ELCA) Mpls.; Kristy Rolig, Teacher, Saint Paul Public Schools, Church Council Member, Race Equity Committee Member, Calvary Lutheran Church (ELCA) Mpls.; Cynthia Sarver, PhD,Principal and Education Consultant, Augment Education, Race Equity Committee Chair, Calvary Lutheran Church (ELCA) Mpls.

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Workshop Time D, Saturday 2:15 – 3:45

Are You Really Ready for Truth? – Burnout in the anti- racism movement is not equitably experienced. Privileged identity activists contribute to a higher burnout rate in activists of color. White activists benefit from social privilege in anti-racist efforts. Learn how to reflect deeply and respond in meaningful ways to create greater effectiveness and sustainability for all – Beverly Bushyhead

Connection and Story: Dismantling White Supremacy One Authentic Relationship at a Time – The ability to hold the humanity of self and others is critical in the work of dismantling white supremacy. Join us for an interactive learning exploration of how building relationship through connection and story allows us to heal and hold our individual and collective humanity, dismantling racism in the process. – LaKesha Kimbrough, Middle School Success Coordinator, Seattle University; Ben Wheeler, Community Builder, Seattle Housing Authority

Culturally Responsive Teaching through A Racial Justice Lens – Although school districts implement culturally responsive training, the added dimension of racial justice centers, values, and develops the experiences of Black, Indigenous and Students of Color. Participants will be invited to disrupt white supremacist paradigms and learn alternative narratives and practices for the sake of the children. – Angela Osuji (Washburn High School Mpls, REA); Roberta A. Hernandez (Central Park Elementary, REA); thomas carlson (Perpich Center for Arts Education, REA)

Dismantling White Supremacy with Black Liberation Poetry – This workshop will highlight poetry and spoken word poetry that I have written and learned from that breaks down the legacy of white supremacy and racism to inform and empower others. It will also focus on the participant’s experiences using Creative Writing to address and resist white supremacy, bigotry, and racism.  – Christopher D. Sims, Intercultural Leadership Institute Fellow and Nationally Known Spoken Word Artist and Activist

Implementing Race, Class Narrative in MN to Dismantle White Supremacy – Race, Class Narrative research in MN and nationally has supported the necessity for aspirational, values-driven narrative that centers both race and class while simultaneously neutralizing dog whistle language. Participants will learn about the research, the ways it’s been implemented in MN, and how to implement its findings in their own work and activism. – Minister JaNaé Bates, Communications Director, ISAIAH; co-presenter TBA

Leading from the inside-out: parents taking on racism at our neighborhood school – We are five parents at Minneapolis Southwest High School who met in the aftermath of a series of racist incidents at the school. We came together to discuss the systemic racism we faced and to educate ourselves, including on our own implicit bias. We grew more aware, together, of endemic racist practices at the school, and plotted an action plan. – Parents Laura Balfour, Mary Breen, Deb Girdwood, nance kent and June Thiemann.

Leveraging the Power of Restorative Justice to Subvert the Legacy White Supremacy in School Behavior Policies – As nationwide data demonstrates, our schools uphold the legacy of white supremacy by suspending and dismissing our students of color and native students at exponentially higher rates than white students. Join us to explore how restorative justice can be used to build community and interrupt these traditional discipline systems. – Maria Graver Juelich, Ed. S. – Hackman Consulting Group; Erin Dooley, Ed.S. – Saint Paul Public Schools

Systems: Exploring Your Roles, Responsibilities, and Choices – A simulation that encourages reflective practice in systems thinking. Make connections between self and systems as we notice, name, and discuss strategies to disrupt patterns of behavior that perpetuate inequities. Spoiler alert: Our identities and perspectives matter. – Diana Beck, Director of Academic Programs, UMN Humphrey School of Public Affairs; Isadora Collins, Systems Change Facilitator and Project Manager; Stephanie Jacobs, Founder, Trailblazer Leadership; Jen Mein, Creative Engagement Consultant, Jen Mein LLC; Sook Jin Ong, Director of the Future Services Institute, UMN Humphrey School of Public Affairs

White Supremacy & Me – What’s It All Mean? – This workshop will clarify meanings and impacts of white supremacy in our culture.  Participants will gain greater understanding of why white supremacy is so insidious in its work to divide us and how they can take action to mitigate the impacts within themselves, their institutions and people they encounter day-to-day. – Discussions that Encounter organizers / facilitators: Rev. Dr. Arthur Agnew, Founder in 2005; Bill Keatts; Lou Schoen; Rosalind Sampson

White Supremacy in Everyday Language – This workshop explores how white supremacy colonizes the landscape through our language creating a domination in thought and speech. We will discuss a brief history of colonization of the language and how it is still in use today, followed by ways of recognition and reformation of our speech. – Susana Carlos, UMN MPH Candidate; EmmaLee Pallai, MFA

White Supremacy, Religion, and Nationalism: How they intersect – Systems of White Supremacy run deep in our society.  Christianity has been greatly affected by White Supremacy; it is so much a part of the dominant white culture that it is invisible.  This interactive workshop will investigate how Christianity, Nationalism and racism intersect. – Peter Eichten  Professor, Metropolitan State University

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