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Please join us on Saturday, April 29, 2017 from 8:30 AM – 3 PM for 4th Annual Community Summit on Race! This event is free and open to all members of the community.

8:30am – 9:00am Registration

9:00am – 9:20am Welcome by FR=EE Co-chair, James Norman and Kickoff by Jalyn Cox-Cooper, “Encyclopedia”

9:30am – 11:30am Morning Workshops (two-hours)

11:30am – 12:20pm Lunch and Networking

12:30pm – 2:30pm Afternoon Workshops

2:30pm – 3:00pm Closing - Joseph Searles & Sandra Whitmore, Co-chairs of the 4th Annual Community Summit on Race


A.M. Workshop Descriptions


Structural Racism & Families; a Panel Discussion  (This workshop is full)

A panel discussion regarding the impact of structural racism on families. African American infants are more than twice as likely as White infants to die before their first birthday. This disparity still exists even after controlling for socioeconomic, behavioral and health factors. Recent research has turned toward the impact of structural racism and chronic stress on epigenetics, and how these changes may affect birth outcomes. Panel members will provide an overview of structural racism and epigenetics, highlight local impacts of structural racism, and engage attendees in discussion about how to address racism as a health challenge in our community.

Facilitator: Sherita Bullock


Rochester: A National Leader in Poverty and Racial Segregation (This workshop is full)

Understanding the roots of how we got here and looking at local opportunities for effecting change. A retrospective look at African American experiences of coming from the South to Rochester during the Great Migration years and Caucasian experiences of Federal Assistance Programs during the Great Depression and post WWII years. A personal sharing time for participants to talk of family stories and to hear experiences of others. A forward look at the many and varied opportunities for individuals to become agents of change.

Facilitators: Tracey Farmer and Windsor Asamoah-Wade 


The Impact of White Identity on Whiteness: There is no Neutral  (This workshop is full)

Facilitator: This workshop will be a combination of information sharing and dialogue about white identity and how it shapes the internal, interpersonal, institutions and systems we operate in every day. Our premise is that people are completely good, and although we are not to blame for our conditioning, once we become aware we become responsible for undoing it and taking action to create a more equitable society.

Facilitators: MacClurg Vivian and Steven Jarose


Diversity Theatre

How can theatrical techniques be used to build connected communities and teach diversity and inclusion topics? This workshop will give examples of how various interactive theatre techniques can be used along with a specific story example from the “past.” The workshop is highly interactive in a relaxed and structured atmosphere. Workshop participants will be asked to volunteer as readers and storytellers.

Facilitator: Tina Chapman DaCosta



Raise the Age: A Community Response to Mass Incarceration

This workshop is a report on a campaign to change of New York State’s criminal justice system. Participants will hear how local residents worked with NYers all over the state to influence local elected leaders. We'll look at campaign strategy, messaging, recruitment and other social change tools.

Facilitators: Jon Greenbaum, Roc/ACTS Organizer,  Rochester Alliance of Communities Transforming Society (Roc/ACTS)
as the sponsoring host of the local campaign, Reverend Marilyn Cunningham (Roc/ACTS Clergy Caucus Chair), Minister Jerry Ingram, First Unitarian, Pastor Doug Stewart, Incarnate Word, Roc/ACTS Clergy Caucus Leadership Team, Betty Hancock, Our Father’s House, Roc/ACTS Criminal Justice Task Force Co-chair


Adversity, Perseverance, & Transformation: Growing up in Native America

This workshop will begin by addressing historical events that transformed Native American identity and have shaped Native identity. Using these historical events as examples, the workshop will share the impact these events have had on Native identity and on Native American communities. The workshop will focus on the adversity and perseverance of our Native ancestors and the inequities that the young Native generation face as they work to reclaim their identity and overcome these inequities.

Facilitators: Nicole Scott & G. Peter Jemison


Empowering School Communities to Help Students Who Live With Poverty & Trauma

The Institute for Learner-Centered Education has developed a “Student Poverty/Trauma Initiative,” and has successfully implemented it in several New York State school districts. Using several key research-based elements for helping students who are experiencing poverty and trauma, including learner-centered teaching & learning strategies & building strong teacher-student relationships, each school, with the assistance of facilitators, creates an individualized plan for professional development to help all students grow and develop.


Don Mesibov, Director: Institute for Learner-Centered Education

Dan Drmacich, Retired Principal of School Without Walls & Chairman: Rochester Coalition for Justice in Education


P.M. Workshop Descriptions


Prejudice: Are we born this way? Race Relations through a child’s eyes. (This workshop is full)

Children possess something that we as adults have lost in some way or another – our innocence. Innocence can allow a child to see beyond fear, doubt and prejudice. The gap between innocence and experience can shape how children function; see the world and the people in it. Adults are considered the influencers. To combat prejudice and to eliminate racial divides, adults must become aware of how they discuss race and interact with others of a different race when in the presence of a child. While some discriminatory actions are clearly noticeable to the eye, implicit bias refers to the attitudes or stereotypes that affect our understanding, actions, and decisions in an unconscious manner. This workshop aims to discuss the implicit biases of adults that may affect the way in which children interact with people of a different race. We will also react to a video on race and discuss the impact of discrimination on children.


Wilson Commencement Park & PathStone Corporation

Note: The workshop will be presented by two members of the Rochester - YWCA Person2Person Diversity Group.

Contact: Krystle Ellis 


What Can/Should Whites Do to Advocate for Equity? (This workshop is full)

The workshop is designed as a strategy session specifically focusing on the unique roles that Whites must play to address racism in its different forms. The focus will be on connecting participants to existing opportunities and strategizing to have more impact as a community.

Facilitator: Aaron Wicks


Making Colleges More Inclusive: A Student-Led “Dialogue-to-Action” Plan Inspired by All American Boys

Part 1: 3-part Dialogue-to-Action Series on Fisher campus.

Part 2: Interactive workshop involving participants. Presenters will break into small groups with audience to discuss how to apply our model to your campus (HS or college).

In small groups (3-5 people), student presenters will facilitate discussions among workshop attendees. 

  • Identify Issue(s)/Problem(s) on your campus
  • Conduct a Root Cause Analysis, to dig deeper and analyze specific tensions on your campus 
  • Develop your own Action Plan to bring back to your campus 
  • Small working groups report Take-Aways from today & suggest Next Steps 

Facilitators: Dr. Arlette Miller Smith and Dr. Jenna Rossi and Honors 380: Brave Conversations students


"My Goals” Workshop (Creating a plan for Employment, Education, or Self-Employment)

This workshop is designed to help participants evaluate talents, interests, and values, set goals; and develop a plan to achieve those goals. This can include goals for employment, education, or self-employment.

Facilitator: Richard A. Harris


The Case for an Independent Police Accountability System: Transforming the Civilian Review Process in Rochester, NY

This workshop will discuss: A) current issues related to police misconduct in terms of use of force. B) Inadequacies of the current review process when a civilian makes a complaint against a police officer. C) Lack of accountability and transparency in the Rochester Police Department, especially in terms of discipline of officers. D) Individual cases of victims of police brutality. E) an ordinance recommended for City Council to establish a Police Accountability Board. F) Brainstorm of strategies and tactics. G) Assignments people can to take specific actions

Facilitators: Barbara Lacker-Ware & Ted Forsyth


Trauma-Informed Family Court  (This workshop is full)

Youth that are brought before Family Court system for delinquency are usually dealt with in punitive measures. Unfortunately, the underlying issues of trauma are hardly diagnosed by the court. The underlying offending behaviors are repeated placing youth at sever risk behaviors like drugs, gang activity, sex trafficking and truancy.  

Facilitator: Moses E. Robinson


Demographics, Participation, Gerrymandering and Politics in Monroe County

This will be an informative talk drawing on our voter registration and turnout maps, district maps and information on recent election challenges to illustrate how political power is hoarded in Monroe County and issues are handled to minimize public input and accountability of elected officials. This is a 1-hour session.

Facilitator: Barbara Grosh