Racial Equity Preconference

Participants at the 2016 Annual Convention in Boston.Pursuing Racial Equity Inside Your Organization

Join this powerful, hands-on preconference created by the Center for Social Inclusion to learn more about how you can lead your organization to a more racially equitable tomorrow. This preconference will cover core concepts and vocabulary, how to create and maintain written and verbal commitments to equity and inclusion, exemplary case studies of local arts agencies and other organizations, and how to craft a meaningful plan to take back to your organization or those you serve to begin to make the change.

Across the country, racial inequities exist across every indicator for success, from infant mortality to life expectancy and everything in-between. To advance racial equity, we must normalize conversations about race, with shared definitions of key terminology, including implicit and explicit bias, and individual, institutional and structural racism. We must also operationalize new policies and practices within our organizations, and organize, building skills and infrastructure within our organizations, as well as partnering with community based organizations.

Arts organizations are uniquely situated, both to work on racial equity within their own organizations, as well as to be a mechanism for addressing racial inequity, shifting narratives, and creating greater urgency to achieve our aspirations for racial justice.

The Center for Social Inclusion's mission is to catalyze communities, government, and other institutions to dismantle racial inequity and create equitable outcomes for all. CSI works with community groups, government, and national organizations to develop policies that advance racial equity; builds leadership capacity through multi-racial coalition building, convenings, leadership development, and trainings; develops and shares tools to talk about race and shift the dominant narrative; and develops and implements institutional change strategies to operationalize structural racial equity. CSI’s core project, the Government Alliance on Race and Equity is using the leverage and power of government to advance racial equity and improve outcomes for all. GARE is working in 30 states, and over 150 cities, transforming government into an inclusive and effective democracy.

You do NOT want to miss this training!

Pursuing Racial Equity Inside Your Organization begins at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 15 and goes through 11:00 a.m. on Friday, June 16.
This preconference will primarily take place at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square, the Convention headquarters.


Sponsored by American Express.


Thursday, June 15
8:00 am - 9:00 am Breakfast
8:00 am - 6:00 pm Centerstage & Registration Open
8:30 am - 9:15 am Sign-In, Get Settled, Welcome, and Introductions
9:15 am - 10:15 am The Roles and Opportunities to Advance Racial Equity / Laying It On the Line
10:15 am - 10:30 am Networking Break
10:30 am - 11:00 am Early Experiences with Race
11:00 am - 12:15 pm Normalizing Racial Equity: Developing a Shared Understanding and Common Definitions
12:15 pm - 1:00 pm Networking Lunch
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Operationalizing Racial Equity: Using a Racial Equity Tool and Data to Drive Results
2:00 pm - 2:45 pm Organizing for Racial Equity: Building Internal Infrastructure and Inside/Outside Strategies
2:45 pm - 3:00 pm Networking Break
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm Putting Theory into Action: Arts Organizations Advancing Racial Equity
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Preconference reception
Friday, June 16
8:00 am - 8:30 am Sign-In, Getting Started, and Check-In: Paired and Group Discussion
8:30 am - 9:30 am Communicating about Race: Messages, Narrative, and Meta-Narrative
9:30 am - 10:45 am Developing Your Racial Equity Action Plan
10:45 am - 11:00 am Closing
12:00 pm Main Convention & Precon Plus Begins