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2015 NAIS People of Color Conference: Art, Science, Soul, and the Equity Imperative
Date: December 3-5, 2015
Location: Tampa, Florida, USA
This year’s theme — Art, Science, Soul, and the Equity Imperative — will guide us as we learn together in Tampa. Creative expression, the latest data, and cutting-edge research will fuel us to build bridges across the academic disciplines of art and science. Soul will inspire us to share our stories as meaningful takeaways, whether in the form of a learning experience or an inspirational win. The equity imperative will unite us in shared focus as independent school professionals working toward greater equity and inclu- sion in our communities. The concepts in our theme are woven and networked together just as we are.
Whites Confronting Racism
Date: January 8-10, 2016
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
This workshop is for white people who want to challenge the racism around them — and in their own heads and hearts — and who are searching for a way to strengthen their work for racial justice. It’s for white folks who already do anti-racism work but want to develop their skills and deepen their approach. And it’s for white folks who want a better understanding of how white privilege and racism operate in society and inside of them.
CFP Canadian Association of Cultural Studies 2016 Conference: Disruptions/Perturbations
Date: January 14-17, 2016
Location: Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
The conference theme, Disruptions, encourages submissions devoted to exploring disruptions in and of culture. This may include papers that investigate intentional and unintentional, local and global disruptions of established systems or dominant orders; the potential of disruptions to engender shifts in cultural, social, economic, environmental, biopolitical, etc. conditions; forms of activism, social mobilization, and other collective/grassroots based disruptions. Of particular interest this year are papers that address disruptions of cultural ideologies, assumptions, and hegemonies around race, racial construction, and racialization in their various forms. We seek to generate discussion about disruptive cultures and practices.
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.
Facing Race Conference
Date: November 10-12th
Facing Race: A National Conference is presented by Race Forward: The Center for Racial Justice Innovation. A unique collaborative space for racial justice movement making, Facing Race is the largest multiracial, inter-generational gathering for organizers, educators, creatives and other leaders.
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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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