Evanston/North Shore

Racial Justice Summit Schedule


April 6-7, 2017
Unitarian Church of Evanston
1330 Ridge Avenue

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Schedule of Events


6:00-6:30 pm Check-in and reception
  6:30-8:00 pm (Re)imagining Our Way to Liberation/Artist's Showcase
Friday 8:30-9:00 am Check-in and continental breakfast
  9:00-10:15 am Welcome, Keynote Address, and Q and A
  10:15-11:30 am Breakout Session #1
  11:45-12:45 pm Lunch
  1:00-2:15 pm Breakout Session #2
  2:30-3:30 pm Panel
  3:30-4:00 pm









Breakout Sessions

Breakout sessions will provide education on racial justice issues; skill-building around equity work; and/or encourage action planning. When you register for the summit, you will be asked to choose your preferred breakout session topics. Click on the links below for detailed information about each session:

10:15 - 11:30

1:00 - 2:15

Detailed Breakout Session Descriptions

10:15-11:30 am

The Relationship Between Race and the American Jury System
Tammy Thurman, JD, LL.M

This workshop will examine how the jury system approaches questions of fairness and justice and the role race has played in the jury selection process. Participants will be introduced to the legal origins of juries and through an interactive exercise examine the role of race in jury selection.

Tammy Thurman is currently an Assistant Professor and the Undergraduate Program Director in the Justice, Law and Public Safety Studies Department at Lewis University.

Your Power as an Ally: What it Means & How to Do It
Gloria J. Woods

We are not a post racial society - exclusion and discrimination exists. Allies can help create real change and justice. We can use our personal power, our presence and actions in solidarity for inclusion. It's challenging, so let's explore how.

Gloria J. Woods, of GJW Consulting/Kaleidoscope Group, is a an experienced trainer and diversity practitioner, specializing in strategy, training design and delivery, and measuring results.

Reimagining Prisons & Policing
Charlene Carruthers

The "Reimagining Prisons and Policing" workshop will take a look into the relationship between racial justice and abolition. Movements for the abolition of punitive and oppressive institutions in the United States will be explored.

Charlene A. Carruthers is a Black lesbian/queer feminist community organizer and writer with over 10 years of experience in movement work. She currently serves as the national director of (BYP100).

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion with Lower School Students
Winder Holeman and Janet Lord

Present the evolving and ongoing process that created our Kaleidoscope program, as well as our successes and challenges as we’ve worked to develop a meaningful and purposeful program for a younger, predominantly white student body.

Winder Holeman is a Lower School Spanish teacher at North Shore Country Day School, teaching grades 2-5 and is in his 13th year teaching. Janet Lord is a JK Teacher at North Shore Country Day School.

Circle Up: The Healing Power of Restorative Justice & Peace Circles
Pam Cytrynbaum

Evanston is a hub for RJ, with practices that give youth a second chance, teach conflict-resolution and enable compassionate communication. Learn the RJ basics and discover E-town’s innovations. Circle up; experience first-hand the repairing of harm.

Cytrynbaum is a licensed Restorative Justice practitioner, educator and writer. She is a trainer and circle leader with District 65 and assists victim-offender conferences with the Evanston Police.

Storytelling as Activism: Using Personal Narrative to Build Empathy and Incite Action
Genevra Gallo-Bayiates, Noelle Krimm, and Bilal Dardai

This workshop explores the power of storytelling and authentic conversation to address culturally and socially constructed barriers. We’ll share three platforms wherein storytelling is being used for social activism and equity building.

Genevra Gallo-Bayiates is a writer, counselor, and social justice advocate who loves listening to and learning from others. Noelle Krimm is a writer, director, and public speaker with a particular interest in using art and personal narrative as a means of community building. Bilal Dardai is a playwright, performer, and teacher whose work has been produced in venues throughout the United States and Europe.

Cultivating Cultural Competency through SEED
Corrie Wallace and Ismalis Nunez

SEED (Seeking Educational Equity & Diversity) is a monthly professional learning community exploring power, privilege and oppression. Improved school climate and reflection tools for ongoing growth, result in better serving students and families.

Corrie Wallace is an Evanston native, bilingual educator and consultant dedicated to building collaborative partnerships that enrich the lives of marginalized people through community outreach.

Ismalis Nunez is a social worker, educator and trained SEED (Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity) seminar leader who serves the Evanston/Skokie school district 65 community 

1:00-2:15 pm

Change Makers: A Model for Using Intergroup Dialogue to Build a More Inclusive Environment
Alecia Wartowski

This workshop explores Change Makers, a Northwestern program that combines change management practices with intergroup dialogue, to create a more inclusive environment. A panel of Change Makers will share their insights and transformations.

Alecia is the Interim Director of Northwestern’s Women’s Center. She is a former legal aid attorney and non-profit leader. She holds a JD from Wisconsin, an EdM from Harvard and a BA from Michigan.

Black and Brown Together: Where the Margins Gather
Rev. Dr. Marilyn Pagán-Banks and Rev. Teresa Smallwood

Framed from the need for a strong black/brown movement. Starting with the historical struggle dynamics of both communities in Chicago, the dialogue will move to (re)imagining power dynamics & resistance narratives if demographics organized as one.

Rev. Dr. Marilyn Pagán-Banks is executive director of A Just Harvest & pastor of two churches in Chicago. She is committed to the liberation of oppressed peoples, building power & creating community.

Rev. Teresa L. Smallwood, Esq., is a PhD Candidate in Theology, Ethics, & Human Sciences at Chicago Theological Seminary. She leads, preaches & teaches on issues of racial, social & economic justice.

 The Personal is Political: (Re)Imagining our Relationship with Power
Anya Tanyavutti, M.A. ED


Rooted in the context of historical and contemporary relationships between race, class, and power in our country, how can we reimagine a more equitable world?  We'll engage in exercises meant to challenge our conceptions, learn from both history and one another, and work with tools useful to growing our capacity for equity, guided by the intersection of our individual power (including our intersectional identities) and the institutional practices and policies that inform them.   

 Anya Tanyavutti has over 15 years experience in education and community engagement, as a teacher and as head of a nonprofit Community School program in Chicago.  She traveled as a Fulbright Scholar to Senegal, West Africa, as part of a curriculum development team and currently serves on the Evanston/Skokie D65 School Board.


Coalition Building for Effective Intersectional Justice Work
Elisabeth "Biz" Lindsay-Ryan and Taurean J. Webb

Through a unique combination of modeling and sharing of best practices, this co-facilitated workshop will unpack many of the power dynamics, implicit biases and micro-aggressions often present—yet unrecognized—within solidarity relationships, specifically around the categories of race-, gender-, religious-, and sexuality-based difference. The workshop presenters, each representing multiple intersecting identities, will begin by identifying some of the latent relational dynamics present in intersectional justice work, offer brief tools for recognizing and engaging these dynamics and conclude by modeling (with each other) some “best practices” techniques that they have found helpful in their experience as activists and racial coalition trainers. 

Biz Lindsay-Ryan is an equity, diversity and inclusion professor, trainer and consultant. Biz teaches classes on Civic Engagement, Diversity, Gender and Agents of Change at DePaul University.

Taurean J. Webb is a religious leader, educator and civic intellectual, focusing on interracial and interfaith coalition training. He teaches at DePaul University.

Not a Day Has Passed
Pat Savage-Williams and Kiran Subhani

In discussing the current struggle with racial civil rights, we will use a slideshow of recent racial events that was developed over time in formal equity sessions facilitated at New Trier.

Pat Savage Williams is on the Board of Education at ETHS where she currently holds the position of President of the Board. Pat is certified to facilitate SEED and Beyond Diversity.

Kiran Subhani is currently an English teacher at New Trier High School. She is on the Equity Team and SEED facilitator. She integrates multicultural texts into the English literature curriculum.

Drumming for Social Justice: Forming a Multicultural Drum Circle
Rahul Sharma

Experiential drumming & facilitated dialogue. Audience will co-create a space for self-discovery and honest dialogue in the service of personal, interpersonal, & systemic healing. Featuring world class drummers & practitioners.

Rahul Sharma is Assoc. Prof. at Ill. School of Prof. Psych.; past Chair of DoSAA; founder, bassist/sitarist for award-winning Funkadesi, comprised of diverse musicians, activists, educators, & healers.

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