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

Fall 2020

Regular Admission: $225
Groups of 5+: $202.50 (per person)
PLU staff, faculty, alumni: $125
Students: $50

*For discount codes, contact Continuing Education (ce@plu.edu, 253-535-7063) 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

2020 Community Sponsors

Is your organization interested in becoming a sponsor for 2020? View the sponsorship packet online or contact ce@plu.edu for more information!

Time  Session/Activity
7:00a-8:30aRegistration Check-In

Light breakfast will be available (included in registration)

In this 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. Miss Melannie will then move to a review of community agreements, the conference overview, and expectations for the day.
9:00a-11:30aGeneral Session I: The Defamation Experience

Interactive performance and discussion
11:30a-12:45pLunch and Conversation
(included in registration)
12:45p-3:15pGeneral Session II: Race 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.

-People of Color
-Diversity 101
3:15p-3:45pBreak and Conversation
3:45p-4:30pGeneral Session III: Closing

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


We are happy to provide accommodations to attendees in a variety of ways, including ASL interpretationlactation spacemulti-faith prayer spacedietary accommodations, and others.

Please contact ce@plu.edu as early as possible and no later than three weeks before the conference to request accommodations.