Resilience of Racism Conference

UPDATE: The Resilience of Racism Conference was hosted by the Equal Justice Society and explored mind science concepts such as implicit bias and racial anxiety to help us understand and ameliorate racism in all its manifestations.

You can listen to audio from the panels and download a limited set of slides used at the conference here:

Advanced registration for the conference is closed, but we will be accepting walk-in registrations. Conference fee is $150 for nonprofit/public interest and $250 for general admission. One day fee is $75 for nonprofit/public interest and $125 for general admission.

If you are already registered for the conference, attendee information is here.

June 1-3, 2017
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day
Oakland Asian Cultural Center
388 9th Street
Oakland, California


Thursday, June 1

9:00 a.m. – Opening Keynote
Overview of the interconnectedness of implicit bias, explicit bias, and structural racialization.

  • john a. powell, Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, UC Berkeley

10:15 a.m. – Panel #1: Structural Racism, Explicit Bias: History, Present, Future
Root Causes, Manifestations, and the Impact of Racism on People of Color

  • Jennifer A. Richeson, Philip R. Allen Professor of Psychology, Yale University
  • Michael Harris, Senior Attorney in Juvenile Justice, National Center for Youth Law
  • Joey Williams, Director, Faith in the Valley Kern

11:30 a.m. – Lunch, Complimentary

1:00 p.m. – Panel #2: Xenophobia, Communities of Color, and Implicit Bias
How Do We Broaden The Tent To Include More Under-represented People of Color in Discussions Addressing Bias?

  • Holly A. Thomas, Deputy Director of Executive Programs, California Department of
    Fair Employment and Housing
  • Sara Campos, Consultant, Writer, and Immigrants’ Rights Attorney
  • Victor Viramontes, Senior Counsel, Mexican American Legal Defense Fund
  • Kameelah Rashad, Founder & President, Muslim Wellness Foundation
  • Crystal Echo Hawk, President & CEO, Echo Hawk Consulting

2:30 p.m. – Panel #3: Philanthropy and Implicit Bias
A Discussion on the Impact Implicit Bias Plays in Philanthropy and the Funding of Non Profits

  • Crystal Echo Hawk, President & CEO, Echo Hawk Consulting
  • Miguel Gavaldón, Nonprofit Leadership Coach, Trainer, Facilitator, and Consultant
  • Ellie Tumbuan, Chief Strategy Officer, The Justice Collective

4:00 p.m. Facilitated Group Breakout Discussions

Friday, June 2

9:00 a.m. – Panel #1: Mass Incarceration: A Gateway for Racial Bias?
How Juries, Public Defenders, Prosecutors, and Judges Influence Bias in the Justice System

  • Judge Bernice Donald, US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • George Gascón, District Attorney, City and County of San Francisco
  • William C. Snowden, Founder, The Juror Project

10:30 a.m. – Panel #2: The Epidemic of Police Shootings
Addressing the Epidemic of Police Shootings of Unarmed People of Color and its Relationship to How People of Color Are Seen In Our Legal Systems

  • Jack Glaser, Professor, Goldman School of Public Policy, UC Berkeley
  • Linda S. Greene, Evjue-Bascom Professor, University of Wisconsin Law School
  • Margalynne Armstrong, Associate Professor, Santa Clara University School of Law
  • Erin Kerrison, Assistant Professor of Social Welfare, University of California, Berkeley

Noon – Lunch, Complimentary

1:30 p.m. – Panel #3: Fighting Racism in the Courts: Using Disparate Impact Theory to Restore Equity
Discussing the Importance of Preserving Disparate Impact and Its Impact on Civil Litigation

  • Linda S. Greene, Evjue-Bascom Professor, University of Wisconsin Law School
  • Mona Tawatao, Senior Litigator, Western Center on Law & Poverty
  • Allison Elgart, Legal Director, Equal Justice Society

3:00 p.m. – Film Screening & Discussion: Then They Came for Us

Abby Ginzberg, Producer and Co-director, And Then They Came for Us
Satsuki Ina, Filmmaker, Psychotherapist

Saturday, June 3

9:00 a.m. – Panel #1: Implicit Bias and Education
The Role of Implicit Bias in School Discipline and Influencing Positive Behavioral Outcomes

  • Arianna Caplan, Restorative Justice School Based Facilitator, Oakland Unified School District
  • Joseph Holden, Student, Oakland High School
  • James Thrasher, Education Management Consultant
  • Martinrex Kedziora, Superintendent, Moreno Valley Unified School District

10:30 a.m. – Panel #2: Dismantling the Intent Doctrine
A Look at the Progress, Victories, and Challenges Still Ahead in Dismantling the Intent Doctrine

  • Erwin Chemerinsky, Founding Dean, University of California, Irvine School of Law
  • Eva Paterson, President, Equal Justice Society
  • Osagie Obasogie, Haas Distinguished Chair and Professor of Bioethics, University of
    California, Berkeley

Noon – Lunch, Complimentary

1:30 p.m. – Panel #3: Interventions to Combat & Reduce Bias
Practical Steps to Help Reduce Bias

  • Jason Okonofua, Professor, University of California, Berkeley
  • Linda R. Tropp, Professor of Social Psychology, University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton, Richard and Rhoda Goldman Distinguished Professor of
    Psychology, University of California, Berkeley

3:00 p.m. – Facilitated Group Breakout Discussions

3:45 p.m. – Performance by the Talented Group, Young, Gifted and Black

4:30 p.m. – Conference Review and Reflections

  • Eva Paterson, President, Equal Justice Society

Contact or 510-629-9357.