2018 THE PEOPLE'S GATHERING CONFERENCE

March 14, 2018
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Pacific Lutheran University

 

How people talk (or don’t talk) about race in their workplaces and educational environments is a strong indicator on whether an organization has an inclusive culture. It’s high-stakes!

Intentionally preparing executives, managers, supervisors, administrators, faculty, students, and/or employees at all levels to engage in frank and, at most times, difficult conversations around diversity, equity, and inclusion is a strategic action towards mitigating risk, improving communication, and increasing productivity.

The People’s Gathering: A Revolution of Consciousness conference is a professional/personal development learning experience and networking opportunity designed to move the (often dreaded) “Race Conversation” forward. The conference creates a supportive space in which participants engage in frank and open dialogue about race and racial disparities that are systemically present in work, school, and everyday life. They become more aware of how race shows up as structural barriers to realizing a diverse and inclusive environment and learn ways to navigate the sensitivity of it all by deepening personal understanding of the issues.

When first held in 2017, The People’s Gathering gathered over 200 participants from all levels of government, education, business, and non-profit sectors. Participants responded that it proved a unique and fun opportunity to expand their professional and personal networks across cultures while gaining key skills for creating inclusive organizational cultures.