Call for Papers on Overcoming Racism

Overcoming Racism is a mission shared  a “loose collective of organizations committed to overcoming racism in Minnesota.  A major initiative of that collaboration, the Facilitating Racial Equity Collaborative, is sponsorship of an annual conference that addresses and thus higihlights a common agenda.  “Recognizing and Challenging the Legacies That Oppress Us” is the theme for the group’s 2010 Antiracism Conference set for October 29-30 at William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul.  The goal of the conference is “advancing antiracist transformation of ourselves, our institutions and our communities.”

Currently organizing of Overcoming Racism are seeking help to meet that ambitious challenge by issuing a Call for Workshop Proposals.  Proposals are due August 31.  The Call is a thoughtful and detailed document that offers clear background information on the purposes, expectations and format.  Of particular help to the proposal developer is a precise definition of terms such as “colonization”, institutional” “structural” and “systemic” racism and “historical trauma.”  Presenters will be selected and informed by September 30.

Details are available on the organization’s website.

Early registration for the conference is $75/day or $120 for both days.  Online registration is provided by the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits.


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