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Midwest Convening on Racial Equity

The Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE), the Center for Social Inclusion, and Communities United are pleased to announce a Midwest Convening on Racial Equity that will bring together people from government, community organizations, and leaders from across the Midwest region.

The goals of the Midwest Convening on Racial Equity:
  • Increase understanding and commitment to racial equity and the role that government can play in advancing equity.
  • Share local and national racial equity effective practices.
  • Further cross-jurisdictional, cross-community, and cross-sector strategies for racial equity with partners in housing, criminal justice, employment, education, transportation, public health, immigrant groups and environmental justice.
  • Foster post-convening collaboration with community organizations and local jurisdictions and develop a regional network of government working to advance racial equity in the Midwest.
  • Serve as foundational event to solidify partnerships and frameworks among community partners and identify allies and champions within government to advance racial equity.

Happy to announce that Nora Liu is joining GARE

Nora Liu is the project manager for Racial Equity Here, a joint project of GARE/CSI and Living Cities, that supports a new cohort of cities to proactively advance racial equity.

Nora brings over twenty years of experience working with communities to improve racial and social equity. For ten years immediately prior to joining GARE/CSI, she worked to serve Seattle’s communities of color through her positions within the City of Seattle.

Most recently she was the Community Development Manager for Seattle’s Office of Planning and Community Development (OPCD) where her work created policy, tools, and practices to leverage public and private investments to meet community goals and to support the ability of historically marginalized communities to shape their own futures.

Nora was one of the major authors of Seattle’s Equitable Development Initiative (EDI)—which works towards a Seattle which is diverse and where all people can achieve their full potential regardless of race or means. Its components include: Seattle’s Comprehensive Plan with race and social equity as a core value; an Equity Analysis to inform the City’s Growth Strategy; the Equitable Development Implementation Plan, a roadmap to systemic change; and community based Race and Social Equity Leadership. The EDI is a joint effort of OPCD and the Office for Civil Rights / Race and Social Justice Initiative.

Agenda: Midwest Convening

8:00 am — Registration begins
8:45–10:15 am — Opening session
10:15–10:30 am — Break
10:30–11:45 am — Workshops (Session 1)
12:00–1:30 pm — Lunch
1:45–3:00 pm — Workshops (Session 2)
3:00–3:15pm — Break 3:15–4:30 pm — Eliminating Institutional Racism in Criminal Justice (Panel Discussion)

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Morning Workshops:

  1. Authentic Community Engagement – Building community capacity and transforming government.
  2. Racial Equity Action Plans – A vision without a plan is not going to change much. How to develop action plans that drive systemic change.
  3. Institutionalized Equity – Building capacity and infrastructure and using racial equity tools.
  4. Innovative Policy Formation – An example from the Metropolitan Council’s Regional Parks System in Minnesota
  5. Shutting Down the School to Prison Pipeline
  6. Government Transformation in Action – Making The Connection Between Trauma, Healing, and Racial Equity

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Afternoon Workshops:

  1. Inside – Outside Strategies – Relationships between government and community based organizations to advance racial equity
  2. Re-imagining Justice – What would a racially equitable justice system look like? Moving from theory to action
  3. Public Sector Jobs – Opportunities to advance racial equity as an employer
  4. Innovative Policy Formation – An example from the Metropolitan Council’s Regional Parks System in Minnesota
  5. Racial Equity – Working across sectors for collective impact
  6. Racial Equity as an Asset for Equitable Development – The Intersections of Health and Racial Equity
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