Resilience of Racism Conference 2017

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

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

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JUNE 1, 2017

Opening Keynote
“Overview of the Interconnectedness of Implicit Bias, Explicit Bias, and Structural Racism”
– john a. powell, Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, UC Berkeley

Panel: Root Causes, Manifestations, & the Impact of Racism on People of Color
“Structural Racism, Explicit Bias: History, Present, Future”
– Jenn Richeson, Yale University
– Michael Harris, National Center for Youth Law
– Joey Williams, Director Faith in the Valley, Kern County

Panel: Xenophobia, Communities of Color, and Implicit Bias
“How Do We Broaden The Tent and Include Asians, Latinos, Muslims, and Indigenous Peoples?”
– Holly A. Thomas, Deputy Director of Executive Programs, California Department of Fair Employment and Housing
– Victor Viramontes, National Senior Counsel, Mexican American Legal Defense Fund
– Sara Campos, Consultant, Writer, and Immigrants’ Rights Attorney
– Kameelah Rashad, Founder & President, Muslim Wellness Foundation
– Crystal Echo Hawk, President & CEO, Echo Hawk Consulting

Panel: Philanthropy and Implicit Bias
“A Discussion on the Impact Implicit Bias Plays in Philanthropy and the Funding of Nonprofits”
– Crystal Echo Hawk, President & CEO, Echo Hawk Consulting
– Miguel Gavaldón, Trustee, Buck Family Fund at Marin Community Foundation
– Alvin Starks, Senior Program Officer, Equality Team, U.S. Programs, Open Society Foundations
(More speakers to be announced)

JUNE 2, 2017

Panel: Counteracting the Harms of Racism through the Arts, Media, & Sports
“The Indoctrination of Bias Through Sports, Media, and Technology”
(Speakers to be announced)

Panel: Mass Incarceration: A Gateway for Racial Bias?
“How Juries, Public Defenders, Prosecutors, and Judges Influence Bias in the Justice System”
– George Gascón, San Francisco District Attorney
– William C. Snowden, Founder, The Juror Project
– Judge Bernice Donald, U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
(Additional speakers to be announced)

Panel: Police Shootings, Part I
“Addressing the Epidemic of Police Shootings of Unarmed People of Color”
– Jack Glaser, Goldman School of Public Policy-UC Berkeley
– Linda S. Greene. Evjue-Bascom Professor, University of Wisconsin Law School
– Margalynne J. Armstrong, Associate Professor of Law, Santa Clara University School of Law
– Erin Kerrison, Assistant Professor, University of California, Berkeley
(Additional speakers to be announced)

Panel: Police Shootings, Part II
“Discussion on the Arlington Heights Circumstantial and Intentional Discrimination Standards and Recent Ruling in TDHCA v. Inclusive Communities Project
– 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
(Additional speakers to be announced)

JUNE 3, 2017

Panel: Implicit Bias and Education
“The Role of Implicit Bias in School Discipline and Influencing Positive Behavioral Outcomes”
– Arianna Caplan, OUSD Restorative Practices School-based Facilitator
– Joseph Holden, OUSD Student accompanying Ms. Caplan
– James Thrasher, Education Management
– M. Rex Kedziora, Superintendent, Moreno Valley Unified School District
– Allison Elgart, Legal Director, Equal Justice Society

Panel: Dismantling the Intent Doctrine
“A Look at the Progress, Victories, and Challenges Still Ahead in Dismantling the Intent Doctrine”
– Erwin Chemerinsky, Dean, UC Irvine Law (Dean, Berkeley Law, as of July 1, 2017)
– Eva Paterson, President Equal Justice Society
– Osagie Obasogie, Haas Distinguished Chair and Professor of Bioethics, Joint Medical Program, School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley

Panel: Interventions to Combat & Reduce Bias
“Practical Steps to Help Reduce Bias”
– Linda Tropp, University of Massachusetts-Amherst
– Rudy Mendoza-Denton, UC Berkeley
– Jason Okonofua, UC Berkeley

Conference Review and Reflections
– Eva Paterson, President, Equal Justice Society

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