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Symposium: Reframing the Narrative Around Race, Equity and Inclusion (ML926)

Seattle, WA • Feb. 22, 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Ballroom 6 A/B, Level 6, Washington State Convention Centerimage: Jules AntonioPhoto credit: Jules Antonio

Symposium Speakers

Your organization and its stakeholders are diverse. You work to be sensitive and inclusive.
But do you really understand equity, and how race affects the work you do?

Join NeighborWorks America, leaders and experts in the field, and fellow practitioners to engage in a dynamic conversation exploring the role of community development in creating racially equitable and inclusive communities. In a fast-paced and highly interactive day, we will learn how technology can serve as a bridge out of poverty. We will investigate how to shift the narrative in how we listen to and serve diverse, multiracial and multiethnic communities. We will examine how to begin—and further—the conversation around racial equity and inclusion in our policies, programs and practices.
This symposium will spotlight how successful organizations are addressing issues of race, equity, and inclusion to advance their work and achieve their mission. Our dialogues engaged around community development and race will provide principles to enhance the intentionality in the growth of, and improvement in, our communities: 
  • Housing and equitable development
  • Local structures and capacity
  • Leadership and civic engagement
Join local and national thought leaders and innovators for a stimulating day of presentations, interactive sessions, and ample networking to learn about impactful strategies to address racial inequities. You’ll take home new approaches to build on your local capacity, models for inclusive community development, and an understanding of the role we each play in striving for effective, healthy communities.
Deepen your Wednesday symposium experience with these intensive, inclusion-focused courses, and amplify the effectiveness of your work:

Monday: The Role of Women in Transforming Communities (CB127)

From Harriet Tubman’s escaping slavery to become a leading abolitionist, to Dorothy
Richardson’s organizing her Pittsburgh neighbors and founding what became the
NeighborWorks network, to your next-door neighbor’s organizing a childcare program or a community garden, women have been at the forefront of social justice and community development movements. But their contributions have not always been properly recognized and they are often not well represented in influential leadership and executive positions in community institutions. In this course we explore and celebrate women’s contributions to the field, identify the special impact they can have on organizational culture, and define strategies to support their continued engagement and advancement to leadership roles.

Tuesday: Critical Conversations Workshop: Advancing Racial Equity as a Strategy for Inclusive Communities (CB400)

Developing our commitment to racial equity and multicultural respect requires more than cerebral learning about the inequities. This all-day session is designed for people seeking to deepen their understanding of inclusion and diversity, and use these concepts to transform their work. The session will provide you the emotional and intellectual “aha” experience needed to forge and the intellectual, emotional, and practical connections of effective use of multicultural conversations. It will also prepare you to have these conversations and advance multicultural collaboration, community power, and racial justice directly in your organization and in your community.

Thursday-Friday: Leadership Development in Communities of Color (ML245)

Developing leadership within communities of color is a necessity in the field of community development. However, when looking at communities of color, we should also include an understanding of cultural factors and values and their impact on the leadership development process. Managers as well as organizational and community leaders need to be aware of the unique assets communities of color bring, while also understanding many of the historical challenges faced in the leadership development process. This deeply researched and highly interactive course explores cultural dynamics to consider when creating leadership programs.
It will also provide you with the latest thinking on strategies for creating dynamic leadership in organizations and communities.
  • Community development professionals
  • Housing developers and managers
  • Thought leaders, experts and practitioners from the social justice, interfaith, civil rights, and health and human services sectors
  • Representatives from municipalities, regulatory agencies and financial institutions
  • Funder organizations and foundation program officers