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The Summit on Race and Equity: A Call to Government and Community

May 16, 2016 @ 8:00 am - May 17, 2016 @ 5:00 pm UTC-5



  • Date: May 16-17, 2016
  • Time: Sign-in and breakfast begins at 7:30 am; programming from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm
  • Location: Curry Student Center, Northeastern University
  • Lodging: There are a number of area hotels, including The Colonnade, Hilton Boston Back Bay, and the Hampton Inn.
  • Registration: $175 ($150 each for teams of 5), with scholarships available (purchase tickets)

Led by a collaborative of community residents, organizations, and government leaders committed to transformation and healing, the City of Boston has joined a national movement to ensure that policies and practices that impact the lives of residents are just and equitable.

Join us for a two-day summit, May 16th and 17th at Northeastern University to partner with Mayor Martin J. Walsh to advance racial equity in the City of Boston and to launch an inclusive cross sector regional network to advance racial equity and ensure opportunities for all. The detailed agenda will be available on-line. We hope government and community partners from across Boston and the Northeast region will join us to share local and national racial equity best practices and policies addressing structural racism and develop policies and alternative structures that challenge unfair systems.

In an effort to promote sustainability and inter-generational equity, we have decided to minimize paper waste in the form of copies and handouts, as well as food and plastic bottle waste. We encourage you to bring your own water bottle, fillable at water stations in the student center, and if you would like a hard copy of the agenda, to print one out ahead of time. We will offer a scannable QR code linking to the agenda and room assignments so you have access at your fingertips. While lunch is on your own, allowing us to keep registration price low, breakfast and afternoon snacks will be catered by the Haley House Bakery Cafe, a model of social enterprise, promoting the physical, economic and social well-being of the community. In addition to delicious food, Haley House provides on-the-job training for those seeking to become financially independent and introduce young people to the power of cooking from scratch and making other healthy lifestyle decisions.

There are full scholarships available for the 2016 Boston Summit on Race and Equity. There are a limited number and we rely on your individual honesty and accountability to select this option if you otherwise could not attend. This policy of personal integrity worked very well for previous events, and we are confident that we will be able to both raise money to cover the costs of hosting this summit, and also not create a barrier to broad participation. To that end, please inquire with your employer or membership organization about whether registration can be paid for by your employer as a professional development opportunity, as these two days will focus on sharing best practices, building networks, and strategizing for the coming year. (No CEUs will be offered.)


Monday, May 16, 2016

7:30am Registration Opens (light breakfast provided by Haley House, Curry Student Center)

Opening Session (Blackman Auditorium)

  • Opening performance by AgitArte AgitArte initiates and leads community educational and art programs, working with communities fighting underdevelopment, displacement and gentrification, using the arts and cultural work to educate and to organize for social and economic justice. Not to be missed!
  • Welcome from the City of Boston and the Boston Alliance for Racial Equity
  • Plenary: “How We Move Towards Racial Equity”
  • Maya Wiley, Counsel to New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio
    Racial inequities currently exist across all indicators for success, including in education, criminal justice, jobs, housing, public infrastructure and health, regardless of intent, region of the country or size of jurisdiction. This plenary will explore how government played a central role in the creation and maintenance of racial inequity, did so explicitly for centuries and has done so for 50+ years implicitly via policies and practices that perpetuate inequities, even when they are colorblind or raceneutral. Government will continue to perpetuate racial inequities unless there are intentional and strategic interventions that lead to transformation.
12:00 Lunch (on your own)

Concurrent Workshops

Advancing Racial Equity through the Social Determinants of Health

  • Moderator: Monica ValdesLupi, Executive Director, Boston Public Health Commission
  • Presenters:
    • Ana Novais, Executive Director of Health, Rhode Island Department of Health
    • Community Organizer, ISAIAH, Faith in Democracy, Minnesota (Invited)

Assessing and Advancing Racial Equity in Education

  • Moderator: Colin Rose, Assistant Superintendent of Opportunity and Achievement Gaps, Boston Public Schools
  • Presenter:
    • Michelle Bierman, Director of Equity for the St. Paul Public Schools

Closing the Racial Equity Gaps in Housing through government and Community Partnerships

  • Moderator: Janine Anzalota, Executive Director, Mayor’s Office of Fair Housing and Equity, City of Boston
  • Presenters:
    • Ubax Gardheere, Program Director, Puget Sound Sage
    • Ryan Curren, Principal at Ryan Curren Consulting
    • Lisa Owens-Pinto, Executive Director, City Life/Vida Urbana
    • Marc Draisen, Executive Director, Metropolitan Area Planning Council

Advancing Racial Equity in Immigration Policy

  • Moderator: Alejandra St. Guillen, Executive Director, Mayor’s Office for Immigrant Advancement, City of Boston
  • Presenters:
    • Deepa Iyer, Senior Fellow, Center for Social Inclusion
    • Diana Salas, Immigrant Rights Activist, Neighbors United for a Better East Boston

Moving from Diversity to Equity: Opportunities to Advance Racial Equity as an Employer and Contractor

  • Presenters:
    • Julie Nelson, Director, Government Alliance on Race and Equity
    • Diane Powers, Director of the Office of Equity and Human Rights, City of Tacoma, WA
    • Karilyn Crockett, Director of Economic Policy & Research, Mayor’s Office of Economic Development, City of Boston

Intersection of Racial Equity and Environmental Justice

  • Moderator: Kalila Barnett, Executive Director, Alternatives for Community and Environment
  • Presenters:
    • Ben Duncan, Chief Diversity and Equity Officer, Multnomah County, Portland, OR
    • Dwyane Marsh, Deputy Director, Government Alliance on Race and Equity

Now what? Data Driven Strategies to Advance Equitable Planning and Policy

  • Presenters:
    • Raintry Salk, Research Analyst, Metropolitan Council, St. Paul, Minnesota
    • Nora Liu, Project Manager, Racial Equity Here, Government Alliance on Race and Equity

The Intersection of Community Voice, Racial Equity, and Resilience

  • Moderator: Atyia Martin, Chief Resilience Officer, City of Boston
  • Presenters:
    • Jhana Senxian, CEO and Founder of Sustainability Guild International
    • Cynthia SilvaParker, Senior Associate, Interaction Institute for Social Change

Imagining Justice: Racial Equity and a True Justice System

  • Moderator: Rahsaan Hall, Director, Racial Justice Program, Massachusetts ACLU
  • Presenters:
    • Jason Sole, Minneapolis NAACP Criminal Justice Reform Chair and adjunct professor at Metro State University
    • Paul Schnell, Police Chief, Maplewood, MN
2:45pm Break (Curry Student Center, refreshments provided by Haley House)
3:15pm Concurrent Workshops (all workshops repeated)
5:00pm Adjourn

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

7:30am Registration and networking (Curry Student Center, breakfast provided by Haley House)
8:30am Opening Session: “Head, Heart, Spirit, Art” (Blackman Auditorium)

Artistic opening and remarks by Carlos Saavedra, Founder of Anyi


Interactive Sessions: Exploring Tools for Advancing Racial Equity

Interactive Coaching Sessions

  • Affinity work for Racial Justice (People of Color Affinity Facilitation, White Affinity Facilitation)
  • Workplace Equity
  • Community Engagement
  • Designing for the Margins
  • Trauma-Informed Racial Equity
  • Racial Equity Impact Assessments (REIA), budget filters, and policy development
  • Racial Equity Collaborative Change Framework
  • Understanding and transforming the narrative 4 – Kinds of Stories
  • Regional convening: What does GARE mean for other Northeast cities, towns, municipalities?
12:00pm Lunch (on your own)
1:00pm Plenary (Blackman Auditorium)

  • Artistic opening
  • City Leadership and Commitment, Martin J. Walsh, Mayor, City of Boston
  • Plenary: Walking our Talk Tools for Talking about Racism
3:00pm Break (Curry Student Center, refreshments provided by Haley House)
3:30pm The Way Forward: A Conversation with Rinku Sen, Executive Director, Race Forward (Blackman Auditorium)
5:00pm Adjourn

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May 16, 2016 @ 8:00 am
May 17, 2016 @ 5:00 pm
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