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Linking the Silos of Racial Equity Work  -   April 21, 2016 - Virginia Tech Research Center - Arlington - Arlington, Virginia
Linking the Silos of Racial Equity Work  -   April 21, 2016 - Virginia Tech Research Center - Arlington - Arlington, Virginia


8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Conference Check In and "Grab and Go" Breakfast
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM Welcoming Remarks and Opening Plenary Session
Gain understanding of the state of affairs in racial equity work from leaders in education, health and housing. Learn why these silos persist and why dismantling them will create a more equitable society.

Nancy Lopez, Director, Institute for the Study of "Race" and Social Justice, University of New Mexico
Debra Joy Perez, Vice President, Research, Evaluation, and Learning, Annie E. Casey Foundation
Rolf Pendall, Director, Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center, Urban Institute

10:30 AM - 10:45 AM Break
10:45 AM - 12 PM Concurrent Sessions - Stories From the Field
Practitioners will share their experiences and best practices for advancing racial equity work in their organizations.
  1. DC Perspective on Gentrification & Poverty
    Maurice Jackson, PhD, Georgetown University
    George Jones, Chief Executive Officer, Bread for the City
    Parisa Norouzi, Executive Director and Co-Founder, Empower DC
  2. Fairfax County - Incorporating Social Equity Goals in Government Performance
    Karen Shaban, Strategic Project Manager, Local Government Initiatives
    Marlon Murphy, Assistant Superintendent, Juvenile Detention Center and Domestic Relations
    Karla Bruce, Division Director, Department of Neighborhood and Community Services
12:00 PM - 12:45 PM Lunch
1:00 PM - 1:15 PM InclusiveVT
Welcome and overview of how Virginia Tech leadership is addressing issues of diversity and inclusion.
1:00 PM - 1:30 PM Keynote Speaker - Susan Gooden, PhD,Virginia Commonwealth University
Dr. Gooden will provide an overview of her book Race and Social Equity: A Nervous Area of Government.
1:45 PM - 3:00 PM Concurrent Sessions - Racial Equity Analysis
Participants will have three options for the afternoon concurrent sessions.
  1. Developing a racial equity analysis and plan will discuss assessment tools to conduct a racial equity analysis within their organization and programs.
    Sarah Morrison, Senior Associate, Center for the Study of Social Policy
    Matthew Freeman, Founding Principal and Lead Consultant, TMI Consulting Inc.
  2. Integrating racial equity in society is tailored for participants who are already working in an organization that is addressing racial equity and other social justice issues. In this session you will discuss and learn methods that organizations can use to affect social change in their communities and local governments.
    Sarita Turner, Associate Director, PolicyLink
  3. The Intersectionality of Colorism, Labels and Identity - Its Implications on Organizational Effectiveness takes a deeper dive into specific aspects of racism within the context of organizational structures. In this session, participants will learn about cutting-edge research that can aid organizations in the development of a racial equity strategy.
    Carlton Yearwood, Senior Partner, True Blue Inclusion
3:15PM - 3:30 PM Break
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM Closing Session
Time for action planning and reflection

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