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The People’s Gathering Conference: 2019 Event Schedule

Text: "The People's Gathering A Revolution of Consciousness!"; Image: illustration of large group of people of many skin colors and genders

April 2, 2019

Regular Admission: $225
Groups of 5+: $202.50 (per person)
Students (outside of PLU): $125
PLU Students (undergraduate and graduate): $50

*For discount codes, contact Continuing Education (ce@plu.edu, 253-535-7722) prior to registering for the conference.

Conference Objectives

The conference is designed to provide participants with the knowledge, skills and tools necessary to:

  • Assess their current level of cultural competence (what knowledge, skills, and resources can you build on? Where are the gaps?)
  • Increase their awareness and understanding of the depth and breadth of institutional racism and its effect on organizational diversity, equity and inclusion goals.
  • Engage in effective community, school and workplace social justice dialogues.
  • Improve interpersonal savvy.
  • Build networks across culture, community and industry.

Conference Topics

  • Institutional racism
  • Implicit bias – unconscious bias
  • Cultural awareness, literacy, & competency
  • Microaggressions
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Power, privilege, and oppression
  • Institutional racism
  • Race dialogues and knowledge communities

2019 Community Sponsors

Is your organization interested in becoming a sponsor for 2019? View the sponsorship packet online or contact ce@plu.edu for more information!

Time  Session/Activity
7:00a-8:00aRegistration Check-In

Light breakfast will be available (included in registration)
8:00a-9:00aGeneral Session I

In this high-energy, talk show-style opening, Miss Melannie Denise Cunningham will welcome everyone and set the stage for day. We will begin with recognition of indigenous people’s presence in history and spirit (Dr. Troy Storfjell, PLU). Miss Melannie will then move to a review of community agreements, the conference overview, and expectations for the day. Representatives from organizations who attended the conference in 2018 will share how they have applied their learning over the last year. Finally, Miss Melannie will have a conversation with key presenter Dr. Kathy Obear regarding the national overview of race relations and skills required to lead through the equity and inclusion lens.
9:15a-12:15pRace Dialogue Groups
(Breaks as designated by facilitators)

This session is a hallmark of The People's Gathering. Race Dialogue Groups are a dedicated time for conversation to examine core issues and concerns that exist within specific race-based groups. Participants will self-select into these dialogue groups based on their lived identity.

-White (facilitated by Dr. Kathy Obear)
-People of Color (facilitated by Dr. Terryl Ross and Paul E. Fuller, Jr.)
-Multiracial (facilitated by Minty LongEarth, Gerry Ebalaroza-Tunnell, and Joseph Colón)
12:15p-1:30pLunch (included in registration)
1:30p-2:30pGeneral Session II: Keynote by Dr. Maria Chávez
2:45p-3:45pCollective Dialogue Groups

New for The People's Gathering 2019, participants will gather in smaller, diverse groups to further digest and discuss the key learning outcomes from their race-specific dialogue. Facilitators will capture and record the issues, concepts, concerns, and strategies raised in this collective conversation to share with the larger group during the closing session.
4:00p-5:00pGeneral Session III: Closing

All participants will gather together for a final session, reviewing the day and experiences in both the Collective and Race Dialogue Groups.