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[Conference] Advancing Racial Equity: The Role of Government – Iowa City, IA

April 7, 2017 @ 8:30 am - 4:30 pm UTC-6


image001Friday, April 7, 2017
8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Sheraton Iowa City Hotel

Equity and inclusion are values of critical importance across Iowa. Many current inequities are sustained by legacies, structures, and systems that repeat patterns ofexclusion. Consider how schools are funded and the relationship between racial and economic segregation in housing. These historically-based systems and structures perpetuate resource and opportunity gaps that ultimately show up as achievement gaps.

Clearly, we have not achieved a “post-racial” society, and although there is a strong relationship between race and class, simply talking about class is not enough. Defining and addressing racial inequities while maintaining a class-conscious awareness will maximize positive impacts on both race and income inequities.

Local and regional governmental bodies have the ability to implement policy change at multiple levels and across multiple sectors that can drive larger systemic change in jobs, housing, health, education, and the criminal justice system.

This all-day conference that focuses on racial equity is a must for government staff, elected officials, educators, and anyone who cares about creating positive change.

The conference will be led by the Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE) a national network of government working to achieve racial equity and advance opportunities for all. GARE is a joint project of the Center for Social Inclusion and theHaas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society.

Register at https://advancingracialequity-ia.eventbrite.com. Early Bird registration is $30 per person. After March 24, registration increases to $45.  A limited number ofscholarships, full or partial, to fund attendance for persons with financial need are available. Registration ends March 31. There will be no onsite or walk-in registration.

Conference Objectives

Increase understanding of racial equity and why it matters.

Gain a common understanding of racial equity, explicit and implicit bias, and individual, institutional and structural racism.

Introduce new skills, including use of a racial equity tool, inclusive outreach and engagement, and communicating about race and equity.

Presenters include

Julie Nelson, Executive Director for the Government Alliance on Race and Equity and a Senior Fellow with the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society at the University ofCalifornia, Berkeley. https://www.racialequityalliance.org/.

Jesse Villalobos, Coordinator of Policy and Advocacy for the Center for Social Inclusion. Jesse’s former roles include leading regional policy and programmatic efforts at theNational Conference for Community and Justice and heading social justice initiatives atThe New School. https://www.centerforsocialinclusion.org/.

Dr. Raintry Salk, Research Analyst for the Metropolitan Council in St. Paul, Minnesota. Dr. Salk’s most recent research focused on park use among selected communities of color.The Metropolitan Council conducted over 20 focus groups with people of color to explore underlying barriers and issues that produced disparate impacts. The recommendations that were gleaned from the sessions were qualitatively analyzed and used to inform policy development. https://metrocouncil.org/.

For further information on the conference contact stefanie-bowers@iowa-city.org. Additional conference information can be found on the registration site at https://advancingracialequity-ia.eventbrite.com.

Anyone who requires an auxiliary aid or service for effective communication, or a modification ofpolicies or procedures to participate in a program, service, or activity of the City of Iowa City,should contact ADA Coordinator/Assistant to the City Manager, in the Office of the City Manager, 410 E. Washington Street, Iowa City, Iowa, 319-356-5010 (email:  ADAcoordinator@iowa-city.org)as soon as possible but no later than 48 hours before the scheduled event.
Lead-sponsors are the Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE), the City of IowaCity and the City of Dubuque.


Co-sponsors are City of Coralville, City of North Liberty, Community Foundation ofGreater Dubuque/Inclusive Dubuque, Johnson County, and the University of Iowa Center for Human Rights.


April 7, 2017
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
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