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FORUM Conference will take place at DeVos Place located at 303 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503.

8am                 Registration Opens (Coffee, tea and water will be available)

9am                 Breakout Session Block 1

                         Neighborhood Match Fund: An investment strategy to lift up resident leadership, voice and power

                         #SistersWhoLead – Stories from The ‘Invisible Walls, Ceilings, and Floors: Championing the Voices and Inclusion of Female Leaders of Color in West Michigan’ study

                         Mourning Grace: Race, Health and Spiritual Care 

Increasing Access to the Social Determinants of Health and Well Being for Young Children

Michigan Talent Investment Agency Session

10:30am         Breakout Session Block 2

                         Race, Place & Policy Matter in Education

                         Personalizing Power: Using Your Narrative to Craft Social Movements

                         The Blanket Exercise

                         The Flint Water Crisis: Systemic Racism Through the Lens of Flint

                          Latina Network of West Michigan and Black Women Connect Session

12:00pm         Lunch

12:15pm          Rinku Sen

1:30pm           Breakout Session Block 3

                         #freethewater Raiz Up Against Environmental Racism

                         Exploring the Significance of Art in the Movement for Racial Justice

                         Looking Inward: Facing Racism in Spiritual Spaces

                         Examination of Healthcare in Michigan & Consequences of Future Reform

                         Equity Drinks: A Case Study of a Social Local Movement

                         A Deeper Dive: Intersections and Invisibility

3:00pm          Closing Plenary

                         Racializing Mobility: A Targeted Look at Economic Disparity 

                         Moderator: Mariano Avila, WGVU Public Media

                         Panelists: Mary Lee, PolicyLink

                                            Jessica Pizarek, PolicyLink

                                            Keyuana Rosemond, Equity Drinks

                                            Carlos Sanchez, Ferris State University

This session is being done in partnership with WGVU Public Media’s Mutually Inclusive program and the national organization PolicyLink.

5:30pm          Post-conference Session at UICA (2 Fulton St W, Grand Rapids, MI 49503)

                        Decolonize Detroit Under Fascism 

Free after beating Felony charges for tagging “FREE THE WATER” on a water     tower in Detroit in opposition to water shutoffs, Antonio Rafael will share his experiences as an organizer in this post conference presentation. Antonio graduated from Eastern Michigan in 2012 amidst Detroit’s bankruptcy and came back to his community to organize, only to become disillusioned with the nonprofits. The workshop will delve introduce participants to critical race theory, colonialism, and a neocolonial/neoliberal economic analysis while looking very practically at the way these things have impacted Detroit and actions Antonio and his community have made to interfere in that those systems.

6:00pm          Post-conference Event at UICA (2 Fulton St W, Grand Rapids, MI 49503)

                        Them: Images of Separation with Dr. David Pilgrim

                        Free for UICA Members, Free with Admission

Dr. David Pilgrim is one of this country’s leading experts on issues relating to multiculturalism, diversity, and race relations. Dr. Pilgrim is best known as the founder and curator of the Jim Crow Museum, a 5,000 piece collection of racist artifacts located at Ferris State University. Dr. Pilgrim is FSU’s Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion and an FSU Distinguished Teacher.