Seattle Race Conference @ Seattle University

The 2012 Seattle Race Conference will be held at Seattle University, in the Pigott Building, May 12  from 8:00 am through 6:00 pm.  Registration fee for the conference ranges from $15 to $25 depending on student and non-profit status.

The Seattle Race Conference began to create a shared understanding and language about the nature of racism, refine definitions of its modern day forms and identify the tools that can be used to end it. Using this as a foundation, the objective was to cultivate a “movement” for racial justice in Seattle that includes components of sustainable action. This year’s theme is “Building Community to End Environmental Racism: Learn, Connect, Flourish”

There will be workshops, institutes, and presentations for the following tracks:

  • Track 1: Where We’re At: The Environment We Live In
  • Track 2: Strategies for Change: The Environment that Supports Us
  • Track 3: Where We’re Going: The Environment Where all Flourish

The morning keynote address will be by  Yalonda Sinde, Former Executive Director of the Community Coalition of Environmental Justice and current Executive Director of the Association of Environmental Health Academic Programs.

The afternoon playnote will be The New Wilderness Project, an entertaining presentation of the issues and opportunities around stewardship, leadership, the human connection to nature and each other, and embracing diversity in our communities.

The conference closing and call-t0-action will be by Jourdan Keith, Founder and Director of Urban Wilderness Project. She believes that connecting to the natural world is critical to restoring communities, reducing domestic violence, building relationships, and acknowledging and healing historical injustices.

The conference features several interactive workshops including:

  • A Diet for Social Justice: Eating Local & Organic is a Race Issue presented by Consider This
  • Bridging Community Needs with Tools and Resources for Action presented by The US EPA
  • Building a Culture of Inclusion: Removing Racism from Organizational Culture presented by Nesby + Associates, Inc. and Weyerhaeuser Inc.
  • Communicating Environmental Justice presented by The Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition
  • White Folks in the Environmental Justice Movement presented by The Coalition of Anti-Racist Whites

There will also be a Meet and Greet from 4:30 to 5:00 pm with entertainment provided by the Roosevelt High School Jazz Combo.

Pre-registration is open until May 1, with costs ranging from Regular – $25; Youth (under 21) – $15 (Lunch is included), to late and on-site registration – $35 (Does not guarantee lunch. Additional pre-ordered lunches are available for $15.  There are also a limited number of partial scholarships available: For an application and information contact: Eleta Wright at eleta.wright@gmail.com.

For opportunities to volunteer and help with this conference contact: Yeojin Chung at yeojina@gmail.com. For information about the conference site contact: Pamela Taylor at taylorpamela@aol.com.

The conference is attempting to be as fragrance neutral as possible and conference planners ask your help and consideration for those who are fragrance sensitive.

Conference particulars:

  • Minimum Age: 12
  • Kid Friendly: No
  • Dog Friendly: No
  • Non-Smoking: Yes!
  • Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

For more information contact Pamela Taylor at 206-296-2678 or by email at csjs@seattleu.edu, for more information check out their website at http://seattleraceconference.org.

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