Power and Change: Dismantling Racial Bias through Community Action

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Saturday, April 28, 2018


Salesianum School

1801 N. Broom Street Wilmington, DE

This event is free, but limited to 400 attendees.  Continental breakfast and lunch provided.Register here buttonRegister  Here:

Attend free, action – oriented workshops on promoting racial equity in:

Facilitating Dialogues Across Racial Lines

Dr. Barbara Love (Training for Diversity, Social Justice, and Liberation)

By invitation only. Local clergy are invited to join a workshop where they will gain the skills to moderate and facilitate conversations about racism across racially diverse communities.

Racial Disparity in Economic Development as a Cause of Violent Crime

Dr. Yasser Payne (Associate Professor and Joint Appointment in Black American Studies, University of Delaware)

Dr. Payne will share research and solutions for how economic development opportunities often miss black and brown communities, and how the impact can be deadly for them.

Quality Schools for Our Children

A panel of local  leaders will provide insight on how to build partnerships to dismantle de-facto and de-jure racism within Delaware’s education system.  The goal of the panel is to spur conversation on potential  strategies that can be implemented to advance inter-agency collaboration to:  

  • Help eradicate the  school-to-prison pipeline
  • Understand how student-based funding can help decrease disparities and increase equity
  • Use the arts to help close the opportunity gaps and build community hope
  • Identify non-punitive research- based strategies to improve student behavior and school climate,
  • Adopt a two-generational approach to increase college and career readiness..

Organizing for Change: ACLU Campaign for  Smart Justice

The mission of the ACLU Campaign for Smart Justice is to cut the U.S. prison and jail population in half by using a 50 state strategy of advocacy, litigation and public education. This workshop shows what the campaign is and how you can get involved. Join the team to significantly reduce the prison population and reform criminal justice in Delaware!

Coping with Collateral Consequences of Prison

Geared towards previously incarcerated individuals, this workshop will allow participants to explore programs and services available to help with re-entering society and preventing return to prison.

Community Policing Solutions for Wilmington

Shyanne Miller (Community Organizer and Board Member, Coalition to Dismantle the New Jim Crow)

Participants will learn about effective community policing models across the nation, including models for community oversight of the police. Participants will also collaborate to create a community policing model for their own city.

Restorative Practices

Restorative justice is a non-punitive approach that focuses on repairing harm between a victim and the person causing harm. Participants will learn the basics of restorative justice from locally-based experts, and leave with action on how to start restorative justice circles in their own communities.

Keynote: Dr. Barbara LoveDr. B Love Headshot

Dr. Barbara Love will lead a discussion on “Developing a Liberatory Consciousness.” Dr. Love is Professor Emeritus of Social Justice Education at the University of Massachusetts­-Amherst and heads the Black Liberation & Community Development Project of the International Re-Evaluation Counseling Communities. Dr. Love consults with faculties and administration at colleges and universities throughout the US, Europe, the Caribbean and Africa and with a variety of other organizations on issues of diversity and inclusion. Her research focuses on personal, organizational and societal transformation and strategies for liberation.


8:00-9:00                     Registration and Networking

9:00-9:30                     Welcome

9:30-10:30                   Keynote: Dr. Barbara Love “Liberatory Conscience”

10:30-11:00                 Music/Performance/Break

11:00-12:00                 Celebrating Delaware’s Progress and Planning for Action

  Video 1: Latest happenings in DE

  Video 2:  Coalition’s accomplishments

  Introductions to the Workshops

12:00-1:00                   Lunch

1:00-2:15                     Breakouts for Workshops

2:15-2:45                     Action Plans

2:45                             Announcements of next meeting

3:00                             Conference Ends