2020 State of Inclusivity Sessions

End the Awkward: Disability Awareness 101

Session 1

Please join us for this fun, interactive, and informative session and learn about disability directly from the source. The session will cover basic disability awareness, language, etiquette, accessibility issues, and accommodations using the speaker’s personal stories and multimedia. In this session, we will also discuss several scenarios involving various types of disabilities and common types of accessibility issues that arise in daily life.

Fireside Chat: Cancelling and Boundary Setting While Sitting with Trauma and Privilege

Session 1

Cancel Culture can be about power -- who's used to having it, who's trying to be heard. It also can be a response to trauma or a sign of shifting culture. To 'cancel' people that have ideas, opinions, and thoughts different from your own can lead to confirmation bias. Is cancelling people a way of setting a boundary? Is the end goal to be a more equitable society, and are we able to do that with cancelling people and places?

Recruiting Allies of Color

Session 1

Within our community, there is a group of vulnerable citizens whose plight oftentimes goes unseen and unheard. These members of our community need strong voices to speak up for them. They are children of color in foster care. Children enter foster care at no fault of their own and become stuck in a complicated system with bias all around them. Racial disproportionality is a real and serious issue in our foster care system. Heart of Missouri CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) trains and supports volunteers who advocate for children in foster care. During this presentation, we will speak about the issue of disproportionality within the local foster care system, how as an agency we are trying to help children caught in this situation, and how you can be a part of making change in our community with this issue. Let’s have a conversation about bringing awareness to the issue of systematic racism and how you can help.

It's Time: Elevating the Voices of Black Women

Session 1

We need to listen to Black women. For centuries, Black women’s voices have gone unheard, even though they’ve been at the forefront of a variety of movements in order to enact change on both sides of their identities. Feminist issues have centered around the oppression of white women, whereas the issues in the black community have primarily been centered around the disenfranchisement of Black males. It is necessary that we create a unified action that centers black women’s lived experiences through creating spaces, listening intensively and sharing their stories to the masses.

Persisting at the Margins: Black Female Persistence at Predominantly White Institutions: "Things are not as rosy as they seem"

Session 2

Black female undergraduates are winning against the odds, outpacing their male counterparts to graduation at Predominantly White Institutions (PWI), but at what cost? Here we will explore the factors that promote or impede Black female persistence at PWIs. In this session we will discuss the current graduation rates of Black females matriculating at Predominantly White Institutions. Using intersectionality and ecological systems as lenses, attendees will be offered an in-depth view of Black females’ undergraduate experiences of race, gender, class, and sexual orientation that contribute to their journeys to and through a Predominantly White Institutions.

School District: Problem, Partner, or Both?

Session 2

Educators/Administrators, Community Members, and Students are going to be on a panel discussing the inherent privileging and targeting that can occur in schools and ways the school and community can partner together for continued change. Students and community members will share their experiences with the district and school district members will share some of the work that’s going on to address implicit bias as well as the work that still needs to be done.

Demanding Institutional Change: Action Planning

Session 2

Oppressive systems can seem daunting, but that is how structural change happens. If you are caught in a loop of learning our terrible history and not sure how to change the future come learn some action steps that can be taken now to change institutions!

All the Colors of the Rainbow: A Glance at Queer Intersectionality

Session 2

This workshop will cover the broad spectrum of identities which fall under the LGBTQ Umbrella, and how we cannot be truly inclusive of the queer community without looking at race, class, and other intersections. We will cover how intersectional identities have paved the path to where we are today, focusing primarily on race, mental health, class and the urban/rural divide.

Attendees will learn actionable steps to be more aware of the intersections those in the LGBTQ community experience and how to work to reframe their view of the community from one of a monolith to the beautiful diverse collective it is.

The Young and the Activist

Session 3

Young people have historically pushed our nation for change. Now is no different. Young folks across the nation, and right here in our community, are organizing protests, marches and rallies. Come listen to their plans, hopes and fears for our community!

How it Feels to be Free: Black Lives Matter and Music

Session 3

This presentation will explore the meanings and messages of liberation and social justice embedded in black music. The focus will be on a the intersections between music, memory, history and identity. What does it mean when black artists compose, perform, and cover songs about freedom? And what happens when other artists cover this music? Ultimately, this presentation will challenge us to think more carefully about race and music.

Community Resilience during COVID-19

Session 3

This engaging panel illustrates commonalities and differences in how participants’ identities and circumstances intersect with various social determinants of health. The discussion will highlight patients and providers experiences of advantages or disadvantages, and privilege or oppression resulting from these characteristics. The discussion will focus on action steps learners can apply to social and health justice in real-world situations.

Ungendered Allyship

Session 3

Learn about what it means to be transgender in a cisnormative world and move beyond merely memorizing someone's pronouns to see the world beyond the limits of compulsory gendering. As we challenge assumptions and expand our understanding of what gender is, we can move toward open inclusion of transgender, non-binary, and gender non-conforming colleagues and community members.

The Two Q’s of Data: Gathering Data to Expand Reach

Session 4

Data is an important tool for reaching underserved and under-represented communities. However, how quantitative and qualitative data are used is invaluable to our success in connecting with these communities. Building the right process in gathering, analyzing and executing on the data will help guide your organization in its intentional outreach to new and diverse communities. We will explore the appropriate data to gather, assessing various communities and building an action plan.

Climate Change, Environmental Justice, and Our Community

Session 4

When addressing systems change within sustainability, we must first understand the three pillars. The environment, the economy, and equity must all be considered in policy, planning, and implementation in order to be successful, especially for climate action. We cannot begin to address a sustainable future without first addressing racist and inequitable systems that disproportionately affect our black communities and communities of color. Advocating for a cleaner planet also means advocating for racial justice.

Be Cautious; I'm Walking Black

Session 4

This session will touch on the experience of being black in America. We will share our personal experiences of trying to navigate and assimilate to American culture when judgment based on the color of our skin is constant. Come learn about the impact that suppressing our feelings to solidify our worth with our peers has.

Humanity in Faith or Faith in Humanity?

Session 4

We want to ask what faith organizations about their responsibilities in the fight for social justice, what does it look like to be an anti-racist congregation, what are churches doing to shift the dynamics?

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