Building Bridges For Thriving Communities

A Summit For Equity

June 9, 2021 12:30 - 4:30 June 10, 2021 8:00 - 12:00

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Note: Information to access recordings of all sessions will be emailed to registered attendees by June 25.

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Early Bird Registration by May 28 - $35 After May 28 - $40

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Keynote Speakers

Wednesday, June 9 Dr. Verna Price

Engaging Communities in the Work of Equity and Equality

Tina Turner once said 'what's love got to do with it?" My answer is EVERYTHING! We can ask the same question of equity and equality. What does equity and equality have to do with my community, with influencing race relations in my community, with elevating the consciousness around eradicating racism from our communities? EVERYTHING!! Dr. Verna will provide us with strategies on how to engage in these conversations at a level where we will commit to doing the work needed to create the changes we want to see in our communities: change that will benefit ALL of us!.

Thursday, June 10 Dr. Ramón Pastrano

Being an Effective Leader in the 21st Century: The Role of Unconscious Bias and the Power of Making the Unconscious Conscious

Everyone has unwritten scripts and biases. It is what makes us humans!

We often make questionable decisions because mental distortions and biases sabotage our reasoning. Scientific research has demonstrated how these unconscious, automatically activated, and pervasive mental processes can be manifested across a variety of contexts producing significant impacts. When we unconsciously link whole groups of people with an attribute or behavior, we might make an implicit association that may be in direct conflict with our stated values and beliefs. And, because these actions happen in our unconscious, they may cause us to be unfair even when we think we are being fair. As we seek to lead in transformational ways among multicultural diverse groups, it is important to identify those mental processes which affect social judgments and operate without our conscious awareness or conscious control. This immersive interactive session includes exercises and small group discussions.

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Breakout Sessions on: action Ideas for bringing communities together; BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) voices sharing lived experiences; education on cultural, ethnic and racial diversity; resources for building community relationships and capacity; culturally responsive efforts in local communities; understanding racism and becoming anti-racist

"The Building Bridges Summit is an opportunity to hear authentic voices, build relationships, begin candid conversations, and share resources in order to create more equitable, vibrant communities."

"La Cumbre Construyendo puentes es una oportunidad para escuchar voces auténticas, construir relaciones, iniciar conversaciones sinceras y compartir recursos con el fin de crear comunidades más equitativas y vibrantes".


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With collaborating partnerships: Uniting Cultures/Uniendo Culturas, St. James - Madelia Community Ed., Convivencia Hispana, St. James Public Schools, Madelia Public Schools, St. James Chamber of Commerce, St. James Area Economic Development Authority, SHIP, Latinx business support, STJ Ministerial Association