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Racial Justice Conference

November 7, 2019 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Holiday Inn Express/Janesville Convention Center
3100 Wellington Pl
Janesville, WI 53546
Vicki Brown

YWCA Rock County’s 5th Annual Racial Justice Conference:

Building Bridges to Eliminate Racism

2019 Theme: Courage, Communication & Commitment

This day long conference focuses on racial justice and equality, featuring speakers and breakout sessions.

Presenters will help attendees learn to foster diversity, inclusion and growth in workplaces, schools and communities. By obtaining tips and resources, attendees will be able to help support diverse populations in their communities.

** Continuing education credits are new for the conference this year for social workers through the National Association of Social Workers, Wisconsin Chapter.  Look for the sign-in sheet near the registration table. 

There will also be information for human resources personnel to receive CEUs through the Blackhawk Human Resources Association.

2019 Speakers and Topics:

  • Jacqueline Battalora, Ph.D. and Professor of Sociology at Saint Xavier University, Chicago
    • Going Back to Go Forward
    • How U.S. Law and Policy Divides Us
  • Huda Essa, founder of Culture Links LLC, author and speaker from Dearborn, Michigan
    • From Me to We: Utilizing Critical Consciousness to Build a Successful commUNITY
    • Dispelling Myths and Maximizing the Potential of Various Language Identities
  • Sagashus T. Levingston, Ph.D. and English Professor at UW Madison. Founder of Infamous Mothers
    • Discussing Racial Anxieties
  • Reggie Jackson, author and consultant with Nurturing Diversity Partners in Milwaukee
    • Unconscious Bias: Can We See Our Own Blind Spots?
    • From Good Will to Good Work: How People of Conscience Can Create a Just Society

Dorothy Height Award Presentation

Named for a civil and women’s rights activist, this award is given to a Rock County business that shows leadership and commitment to racial justice in the workplace. The award is presented during the annual Racial Justice Conference.

Past recipients include:

2015: Community Action, Inc.

2016: Beloit School District

2017: Blackhawk Bank

2018: Agrace Center for Hospice & Palliative Care

Anyone can nominate a business they believe meets this criteria. The nomination form can be found by clicking here.

Thank you to our 2019 sponsors: