Resilience of Racism Conference 2017

EJS Resilience Conference PPT-01


The Resilience of Racism Conference, hosted by the Equal Justice Society, was held June 1-3, 2017, at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center. The conference explored mind science concepts such as implicit bias and racial anxiety in an effort to better understand and ameliorate racism in all its manifestations.


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
    #MichaelHarris @NCYLnews
  • Joey Williams, Director, Faith in the Valley Kern
    #JoeyWilliams @FaithinValley

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
    #HollyThomas @CalDFEH
  • Sara Campos, Consultant, Writer, and Immigrants’ Rights Attorney
  • Victor Viramontes, Senior Counsel, Mexican American Legal Defense Fund
    #VictorViramontes @MALDEF
  • 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
  • Ellie Tumbuan, Chief Strategy Officer, The Justice Collective

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
    #WilliamSnowden @JurorProject

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
    #LindaSGreene @WisconsinLaw
  • Margalynne Armstrong
    Associate Professor, Santa Clara University School of Law
    #MargalynneArmstrong @santaclaralaw
  • 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
    #LindaSGreene @WisconsinLaw
  • Mona Tawatao
    Senior Litigator, Western Center on Law & Poverty
    #MonaTawatao @Western_Center
  • 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
    #ErwinChemerinsky @UCILaw
  • 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