Racial Justice Conference 2022

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Racial Justice Conference 2022

November 10, 2022 @ 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
Virtual via Virtual Conference
$100.00 (9/26 – 10/28), $125.00 (10/29 – 11/10), Students: $50

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Join us virtually November 10, 2022 for the 8th annual YWCA Rock County Racial Justice Conference.

Registration is $100.00 per person if registering between September 26th – October 28th and $125.00 per person if registering between October 29th – November 10th. Students are $50 per person and can be ordered by calling (608) 752-5445, ext. 200. Registration for the conference on November 10th will open mid-September. Once registration opens in mid-September, you will be able register and pay for the conference online with a credit/debit card.

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YWCA Rock County is excited to announce the speakers for the 8th Annual Racial Justice Conference that will be held virtually on November 10th 2022. “BE THE BRIDGE TO ELIMINATE RACISM: How do you maintain your bridge?” is the theme for the conference this year. YWCA Rock County invites participants to join virtually from their home, school or office, as presenters offer insight into supporting diverse populations here in our community and beyond.

Reasons to attend: Learn how to foster diversity, inclusion, creativity, and growth within your business, school, organization and community from experts in the field. Build a network of peers and resources and learn how to take action. The 8th Annual Racial Justice Conference has been approved by the National Association of Social Workers, Wisconsin Chapter for 4.5 continuing education credits.

The 2022 Racial Justice Conference held on November 10th, 2022 has been approved by the National Association of Social Workers – Wisconsin Chapter for 5.5 continuing education hours.

2022 Agenda

8:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.

8:45 a.m.  – 9:00 a.m.
Welcome by Heidi Deininger – Executive Director, YWCA Rock County and Amiee Leavy, Racial Justice Director, YWCA Rock County

9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
Dorothy Height Presentation

9:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Morning Keynote Speaker: Mr. Paris Echoles
Keynote Title: “Beyond Red or Blue:  How Voter Suppression Has Maintained the Power and Privilege of a Few”

10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
Morning Break

10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Morning Breakout Sessions

Speaker: Mr. Paris Echoles
Breakout Title: “You Made Me This Way:  How Microaggressions Gave Birth to a Star”

Speaker: Attorney Erin Barbato
Breakout Title: Racism in Seeking Refuge in the United States

Speaker: Dorothy Height Diversity in the Workplace Panel
Breakout TitleHow do we Maintain Diversity?”

11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Lunch Break

12:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Afternoon Keynote Speaker: Dr. Decoteau J. Irby
Keynote Title: Getting Past Stuck: Understanding the Tools Required to Eliminate Racism in Schools

1:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
Afternoon Break

1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Afternoon Breakout Sessions

Speaker: Dr. Decoteau J. Irby
Breakout Title: Understanding Your School’s Capacity for Racial Equity Improvement

Speaker: Panel (Rock County School Districts)
Breakout Title: Local Disparity in Student Discipline Disaggregated by Race

Speaker: Pastor Kenda Roman
Breakout Title: Racial Trauma in the Workplace

2:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Closing Remarks

2022 Keynote Speakers

Decoteau J. Irby is an associate professor of Educational Policy Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago and founding member of Derute Consulting Cooperative. His life’s work focuses on questions of how to create and sustain organizations that ensure Black people’s self-determined well-being, development, and positive life outcomes. His academic research examines how equity-focused leadership improves Black children and youth’s educational experiences and outcomes. He is the author of several books, including:

  • Stuck Improving: Racial Equity and School Leadership (2021) published by Harvard Education Press
  • Magical Black Tears: A Protest Story (2021) published by Derute Consulting Cooperative
  • Dignity-affirming Education: Cultivating the Somebodiness of Students and Educators (2022) with co-editors Charity Anderson and Charles Payne, published by Teachers College Press, and
  • Black Participatory Research (2016) co-edited with Elizabeth Drame, published by Springer / Palgrage McMillan

Dr. Irby uses design thinking and continuous improvement methods to help leaders and teams design and create organizations that affirm Black people. He volunteers in his neighborhood community garden, is treasurer for his local park advisory council, and spends as much time as possible outdoors with his children and partner. Finally, he is the lead songwriter-guitarist and performer for the band Decoteau Black. Follow him on twitter at @decoteauirby or @stuckimproving. Learn more about his research at www.leadforequity.com

To Paris Echoles, everyone, regardless of your race, socioeconomic status, and/or ability, is “Born Gift3d” and deserves to wear their Crown with pride and joy.  Through resilience, a servitude mindset, and a divine purpose, Paris has dedicated his life to building narratives, positively shaping lives, altering the physical, mental, and social-emotional well-being of BIPOC (Black Indigenous People of Color) communities, and being a catalyst for social change.

As the founder and CEO of Born Gift3d LLC., Paris fights to uplift, love, support, and push our beautiful, brilliant, creative, passionate, and resilient brothers and sisters from around the world.  Paris has founded Born Gift3d to intentionally help individuals and institutions understand the power of healing, while combating day-to-day systems of oppression, marginalization, and racism that exist across our institutions and communities.  Through sustained partnerships and relationship-building under the Born Gift3d brand, Paris delivers empowering and game-changing  mentoring, mindset coaching, consulting, training and workshops to individuals, groups, and organizations who are striving to transform their patterns, beliefs, behaviors, and outcomes on their journey towards success and wellness.

Prior to Born Gift3d, Paris served as a Building Principal at Savanna Oaks Middle School in Verona, WI, the Director of Youth ReEngagement with the Madison Metropolitan School District, an Assistant Principal at La Follette High School, the Coordinator of Diversity and Student/Family Engagement in the Kenosha Unified School District, and a high school history teacher in the School District of Beloit and the Oconomowoc Area School District.

Paris’ formal education includes a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Secondary Education and two Master’s degrees in Educational Leadership. Paris is currently completing his Doctoral degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with hopes of inspiring the next generation to believe that academic achievement at the highest level is possible, no matter where your personal journey begins.

Learn more about our Sponsors here:
County of Rock – https://www.co.rock.wi.us/
City of Beloit – https://www.beloitwi.gov/
Dollar General – https://www.dollargeneral.com/
School District of Beloit – https://www.sdb.k12.wi.us/
Steve Caya – Nowlan Law – https://www.injurylawyerwi.com/
IBEW – http://www.ibew.org/
SSM Health St. Mary’s – https://www.ssmhealth.com/locations/st-marys-hospital-janesville
Beloit Turner School District – https://www.turnerschools.org/
City of Milton – https://www.milton-wi.gov/
Visit Beloit – https://visitbeloit.com/
TRICOR – https://www.tricorinsurance.com/
Blackhawk Technical College – https://www.blackhawk.edu/
Johnson Financial Group- https://www.johnsonfinancialgroup.com/personal/
Alliant Energy – https://www.alliantenergy.com/
Beloit Health System – https://www.beloithealthsystem.org/
MercyHealth – https://www.mercyhealthsystem.org/
Wells Fargo – https://www.wellsfargo.com/
PremierBank – https://www.bankwithpremier.com/
Shine – https://www.shinefusion.com/
Compeer Financial – https://www.compeer.com/
Chalice Premium – https://chalicepremium.com/
Diversity Action Team of Rock County – https://www.datrockco.org/
School District of Janesville – https://www.janesville.k12.wi.us/
S&J Consulting – https://consultsj.com/
Beloit College – https://www.beloit.edu
Edgerton School District – https://www.edgerton.k12.wi.us/