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Leadershape Institute – Special Interest Session
Dates: Sunday, August 2 – Friday, August 7
Location: Champaign, IL
*Special Interest session only for African American Men*
The LeaderShape Institute® challenges participants to lead with integrityTM while working towards a vision grounded in their deepest values. Participants explore not only what they want to do, but who they want to be.
Dynamic, challenging, and exciting, the week is intended to produce a breakthrough in the leadership capacity of participants — benefiting them individually, as well as their respective communities and the organizations they will go on to lead and serve in the future.
Removing the Mask, Lifting the Veil: Race, Class, and Gender in the 21st Century
Dates: August 21-23, 2015
Location: Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Chicago, IL
SSSP invites scholars, scholar-activists and practitioners to examine the issues of race, gender, and class in the first decade and a half of 21st century to locate avenues to continue the progressive work they have begun, by investigating fractures in building a culture free of “isms.” As scholars in pursuit of a just society, what we offer at this time of historical change may alter the most pressing problems carried across centuries.
CFP for Montreal-Canada Conference – Islamophobia: (neo)racism and systems of oppression
Date: October 24-25, 2015
Location: Montreal, Canada
This conference, a collaboration between the Observatoire internationa sur le racisme et les discriminations de I’Univerite du Quebec a Montreal (UQUA)(International Observatory on Racsim and Discrimination) and the Center for Race and Gender Islamophobia Research and Documentation Project at the University of California, Berkeley, aims to be a space for reflection and exchange. The city of Montreal will host this event, since several issues related to these themes are relevant to Quebecois and Canadian contexts.
Equity Summit 2015
Date: October 27-29, 2015
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Equity Summit 2015 will ground inclusion, justice, and prosperity in the urgent issues of today and connect them to the creativity and bold vision of the equity movement. Advocates from Ferguson to New Orleans, Minneapolis to New York, and all points in between, will be part of interactive panels, tours, and in-depth, skills-building sessions that showcase how local leaders can impact policy change. Equity Summit 2015 will forge powerful partnerships for building an equitable and prosperous nation.
The National Conference on Race & Ethnicity in American Higher Education
Date: May-June 4, 2016
Location: San Francisco, CA
The NCORE® conference series constitutes the leading and most comprehensive national forum on issues of race and ethnicity in American higher education. The conference focuses on the complex task of creating and sustaining comprehensive institutional change designed to improve racial and ethnic relations on campus and to expand opportunities for educational access and success by culturally diverse, traditionally underrepresented populations.
White Privilege Conference
Date: April14-17, 2016
Location: Philadelphia, PA
WPC is a conference that examines challenging concepts of privilege and oppression and offers solutions and team building strategies to work toward a more equitable world.
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CARAVANA43 PETITION KIT
On September 26, 2014 a group of students was attached by the police and other people in the city of Iguala, leaving six dead, 25 or more wounded, and 43 disappeared.
Petition to Stop Plan Merida
Plan Merida was created to combat drug trafficking and organized crime in Mexico and it is fully funded by the United States. The goals of Plan Merida are to “produce a safer and more secure hemisphere and prevent the entry and spread of illicit drugs and transnational threats,” the reality and repercussions of the initiative for the Mexican people are not as promising. The United States ignores the root causes of drug trafficking, which are the demand by the U.S. and the poverty in Mexico. “Not one penny of Plan Mexico money is dedicated toward drug prevention or rehabilitation programs in the U.S., essential to efforts to reduce demand for drugs in the U.S. The Merida Initiative affects all Mexican people by threatening their human rights.”
The Dream is Now
Check out the different ways you can change immigration reform-call, socialize, write, tweet, dream, and watch.
The Dignity Campaign
“The Dignity Campaign is a network of organizations and individuals who affirm the need for an immigration reform bill based on human and labor rights. This bill would include legalization of the undocumented immediately, de-criminalization of immigration status and work, equal rights, reunification of families, an end to temporary and guest worker programs, and an end to free trade and the policies that cause the dislocation of people.”
Discrimination Free Zone Campaign
“We aim to end discrimination against any individuals or groups of people based on race, color, gender, nationality, religion, sexual orientation, age, or disability through the creation of Discrimination Free Zones throughout the world. These Discrimination Free Zones are always peaceful, and they inform others that discrimination will be offensive to us and that we will not participate in any actions in which such sentiments are included.”
Organization devoted to trainings with an “intersectional approach to liberation” through expanding “the capacity of cooperative, collective, and community based projects.” Offers a wide variety of trainings for multiple levels of engagement, including workshops for those wanting to become trainers themselves.
Focuses on trainings for white people in majority white institutions and organizations who want to develop anti-racist organizing skills. While the workshops are designed with white participants in mind, people of color are welcome to attend as well.
Integrates interpersonal and structural analyses to develop “social-emotional learning that stresses personal accountability, self-confidence, and well-being to face the pressing socio-economic issues we deal with in our schools and community every day.” Facilitates two-day retreats for college students as well as offers cultural competency training for professional staff.
Local Kalamazoo, Michigan organization that uses the national Crossroads curriculum to provide trainings, workshops, and professional development consulting. Uses a structural analysis to aid institutions in “dismantling racism, reclaiming humanity, restoring community.” http://www.eracce.org/
Intergroup Relations Program (U of M)
“Blends theory and experiential learning” through seven different courses to “pursue social justice through education.” The courses are designed as smaller college courses.
Lakeshore Ethnic Diversity Alliance
Offers various summits, workshops and seminars throughout the year that focus on combining the strengths of community members and local leaders to create a Diversity Alliance. They also offer professional consulting which “guides organizations through a comprehensive, research-based assessment to identify barriers and develop customized solutions that advance inclusion.”
Publishes the news source Colorlines as well as offers professional development and consulting workshops along with more general trainings for organizations. They use “research, media, and practice” to bring a “systemic analysis and an innovative approach to complex race issues to help people take effective action toward racial equity.”
They are a national organization with consultants located throughout the United States. Their mission is “to equip individuals, organizations, and communities with the tools needed to thrive in a diverse world; to remove structural and cultural barriers that prevent full and equitable participation; and to help create environments where differences are recognized, understood, appreciated, and utilized for the benefit of all.” Perhaps not enough emphasis on larger structural/societal issues and historical context.
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