Fighting Racism and Other Forms Of Bias: What’s Working!?
June 22-23, 2018 | 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. | Oakland Marriott City Center

Presented by the Equal Justice Society, this conference is made possible through generous grants from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, The Henry L. Hecht Family Fund, The California Wellness Foundation, The California Endowment, and Open Society Foundations.

June 22nd – Day 1 Agenda
9:00 am – 9:45 am OPENING KEYNOTE

Eva Paterson, President, Equal Justice Society

9:45 am – 10:00 am BREAK
PLENARY SESSION #1 – Practitioner & Expert Round Table
10:00 am – 11:45 am Round table discussing explicit and implicit biases, grounding language, and interplay between mind science and white supremacy, what practical steps they’ve found to be working, if anything at all.

Facilitator: Nancy Dome, Epoch Education

  • Rudy Mendoza-Denton, UC Berkeley
  • Jason Okonofua, UC Berkeley
  • Arlene Mayerson, Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF)
11:45 am -12:45 pm LUNCH (Provided)
Breakout #1 – Reducing Bias in Tech & Employment
12:45 pm- 2:30 pm How do we reduce bias in tech and employment?

Facilitator: Darlene Flynn, City of Oakland

  • George Hofstetter, teenage tech genius/entrepreneur
  • Jocelyn Garibay, Code2040
  • Heidi Williams, tEQuitable
  • Beth Hodess, Attorney
  • Maurice Wilkins, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative
Breakout #2 – Dealing With Our Nonprofit “Ish”!
12:45 pm- 2:30 pm How do we address the biases we perpetuate in the nonprofit/civil rights arenas with self-described allies and social justice do-gooders?

Facilitator: Chris Bridges, Equal Justice Society

  • Gillian Sonnad, OneJustice
  • Tirien Steinbach, East Bay Community Law Center
  • Bill Kennedy, Attorney
  • Jessica Redditt, Bay Area Legal Aid
2:30 pm – 2:45 pm BREAK
Breakout #3: Reducing Bias in Healthcare/Medicine
2:45 pm – 4:30 pm A discussion on reducing bias in healthcare/medicine.

Facilitator: Mona Tawatao, Western Center on Law & Poverty

  • Silvia Yee, Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF)
  • Kate Kendell, National Center for Lesbian Rights
  • Dr. Ronald Copeland, Kaiser Permanente
  • Tố Như (Lotus) Đào, Gender Health SF, San Francisco Department of Public Health
Breakout #4: Reducing Bias in Housing
2:45 pm – 4:30 pm A discussion on reducing bias in housing

Facilitator: Allison Elgart, Equal Justice Society

  • Leslie Proll, Civil Rights Attorney
  • Maeve Elise Brown, Housing and Economic Rights Advocates
  • Hannah Kim, Legal Assistance to the Elderly (LAE)
Breakout #5: Weaponizing Implicit Bias
2:45 pm – 4:30 pm A Discussion on Cambridge Analytica, law enforcement, and other ways conscious and unconscious biases are used to weaponize hate and discrimination.

Facilitator: Roberto González, San Jose State University

  • Eva Paterson, Equal Justice Society
  • Yeshimabeit “Yeshi” Milner, Data for Black Lives
4:45 pm – 5:00 pm CLOSING REMARKS FOR DAY 1


June 23rd – Day 2 Agenda
PLENARY SESSION #2 – Responding to Assaults on Implicit Bias
9:00 am – 10:30 am Discussion on how to respond to assaults on implicit bias, debunking arguments, and how implicit bias doesn’t address racism.

Facilitator: Hon. Bernice Donald, United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

  • Nancy Dome, Epoch Education
  • Rachel Godsil, Perception Institute
  • Margaret Russell, Santa Clara University
  • Jerry Kang, UCLA
10:30 am – 10:45 pm BREAK
Breakout #6 – Reducing Bias in the Criminal Justice System (Room 203)
10:45 am – 12:00 pm Discussion on strategies for reducing implicit bias in the criminal justice system and the courtroom.

Facilitator: Lisa Holder, Civil Rights Attorney

  • Hon. Mark W. Bennett, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Iowa
  • George Gascón, District Attorney for the City and County of San Francisco
  • William Snowden, The Juror Project
  • Jack Glaser, UC Berkeley
Breakout #7: Mindbugs: Debugging Implicit Bias Through Storytelling (21st Flr)
10:45 am – 12:00 pm A discussion on how images and visual storytelling, rather than narratives about implicit bias and values, may be an effective tool in dismantling bias.

Facilitator: Shakti Butler, World Trust Educational Services

  • Kim Clark, Educator
  • Owen Kent, Filmmaker/Disability Activist
  • Sysamone Phaphon, FilmHero
  • Villy Wang, BAYCAT
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm LUNCH (Provided)
Breakout #8 – Reducing Bias in Education (Room 203)
1:00 pm- 2:15 pm Discussing strategies that may help reduce bias in K-12 education.

Facilitator: Michael Harris, National Center for Youth Law

  • Arlene Mayerson, Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF)
  • Nancy Dome, Epoch Education
  • Edward Fergus, Temple University
Breakout #9 – Mind Science in the 2016 Elections and Beyond (21st Flr)
1:00 pm- 2:15 pm Assessing the role mind science has played in the 2016 elections and how it can be used in the future.

Facilitator: Eva Paterson, Equal Justice Society

  • Hon. Bernice Donald, United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • Celinda Lake, Lake Research Partners
  • Roberto González, San Jose State University
2:15 pm – 2:30 pm BREAK
Engineering Change Through the Arts: Healing Justice (Film) – 21st Flr
2:30 pm – 4:00 pm Healing Justice film screening and discussion with Shakti Butler, Founder & President, World Trust Educational Services.
4:00 pm – 4:15 pm BREAK
Conference Review and Reflections (21st Flr)