2019 Program Details

Keynote Address

Conceptualizing and Building a “Beloved Community” in Oregon: Race, Multiculturalism, and Intersectionality

Speaker: Dean Marvin Lynn, PhD

Renowned Philosopher and educator, Dr. Maxine Greene, was a pluralist who believed that it was possible for all people, regardless of their differences, to live in a harmonious society where all were considered and treated as equals.  Progressive educational theorist and social reconstructionist, John Dewey, also argued that schools should advance “the great community” where students were imbued with a deep respect for humankind. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., on the other hand, was more concerned about building “the beloved community” which drew on nonviolence and a deep and abiding love for one’s fellow person. Motivated by Greene’s pluralist vision and Dr. Martin Luther King’s and John Dewey’s visionary notions of community, Dr. Lynn will address how we might adopt an intersectional perspective that recognizes, appreciates, and honors the humanity of all people.

Morning Breakout Sessions

Race and Racism in Oregon: The Past is Prologue

Speaker: Paul Miller

The percentage of African American residents comprising Oregon’s population is among the lowest of any state in the nation. That is not an accident. It is, in part, because Oregon’s leaders and residents made deliberately racist policies and followed racist practices dating back to when the state was founded. These racist policies and practices have had the effect of institutionalizing and normalizing white supremacy in Oregon. This presentation provides an understanding of how and why Oregon arrived at the present in terms of anti-Black racism by examining the history and outcomes of policies and practices that contribute to white supremacy.

Why Equity?

Speaker: Dr Emily Drew

In this session, Emily Drew will help explore what people mean when they speak about and/or work from a frame of equity. We will consider how “equality,” “diversity,” and “inclusion” are essential building blocks for equity, but that they do not mean the same thing, nor have the same outcomes.  What does shifting to an “equity lens” require of us?  How do we move beyond rhetorical commitments to equity, to taking actions – both internally and externally—that foster inclusive and equitable institutions? 

Breaking the Bias Code: Unlock, Harness and Transform the largest Hidden Barrier to Inclusion

Speaker: Charu Nair

Come join this action oriented dynamic workshop and educational session to learn and practice:

  • Learn cutting edge neuroscience on our unconscious biases
  • Gain 21st century common language and vocabulary about this elemental space to build a foundation of understanding
  • Get clarity and diffuse fear, uncertainty and doubt on how to communicate within and without about these arenas
  • Launch and practice next-level skills to transmute the latent energies into your own personal force for powerful engagement 
  • Shift – using proven tools and best debiasing practices to leave with wonder and joy at the living tapestry of diversity that continually enrich our communities and our lives

Using Relational Leadership to Create a Culture of Equity in a System Designed to be Equal 

Speaker: Bill de la Cruz


  • Understand the historical context of institutional racism/bias in education
  • Talk about how to create relational leadership in schools
  • Devise an action step to disrupt inequities in education

Building Bridges: One Community’s Journey to the Museum of Tolerance

Panel Discussion facilitated by Chief Don Johnson

n February 2018, representatives from Respond to Racism, the City of Lake Oswego, the Lake Oswego Police Department, and the Lake Oswego School District embarked on a journey to the Museum of Tolerance in California to learn, grow, and make connections that moved the community forward in uniting against bias, discrimination, and hate. This session is a panel discussion about that experience, lessons learned, and actions moving forward. The panel discussion aims to inspire other communities to find ways to build their own bridges.


Afternoon Breakout Sessions

Barriers to Equity

Speaker: Thomas Bruner

Diversity. Equity. Inclusion. Accessibility. More and more, these words and phrases seem to be everywhere. But besides education and training, what can we do – specifically, practically, operationally – to advance equity in our workplaces and organizations?  

Join us for an engaging, interactive, and solution-oriented discussion about ways we can advance equity. Together, we will:  

  • identify the most common barriers to equity in our organizations
  • learn what others have done to reduce similar barriers
  • identify possible solutions and strategies for our organizations
  • develop plans to begin implementing equity strategies

Come with your successes, lessons learned, and challenges to share with your peers and colleagues. 

Engaging in Ally Behavior

Speaker: John Lenssen

This workshop will examine why people engage in allyship and ally behavior.  We will explore relationships across difference, what it means to be a white anti-racist, a male feminist, and multiple ways to be an ally with and for people who are targeted by discrimination and oppression.

Microaggressions: The Macro Impact

Speaker: Dr. Markisha Smith

In this interactive discussion, participants will gain or expand on knowledge of microaggressions, understand the impact of microaggressions in the workplace, and commit to eliminating microaggressions to support equitable work environments.

Schools and Community Moving Forward

Facilitators: Willie Poinsette & Christine Moses

This session will be a facilitated conversation to identify and explore equity barriers that challenge our schools. Participants will discuss viable solutions that the schools and community can pursue to remove these barriers.

Government and Community Moving Forward

Facilitator: Glenn Montgomery & Megan Phelan

This facilitated discussion will engage the audience in conversation to explore equity initiatives within our local governments. What is working and what needs to be worked on? Come to a collaborative brainstorm around solution options, ideas for how to create change. 

Closing Remarks

Speaker: Emmett Wheatfall

Workplace equity is trending nationally. Supplementing equity at Clackamas County are the emerging concepts of workforce character and values. Emmett Wheatfall, former Assistant County Administrator for Clackamas County, will share with Summit attendees his philosophy regarding equity, workforce character, and values. The principles he will share have been forged over the years. Mr. Wheatfall has a long career in leading organizations in the development of equity, diversity, and inclusion concepts and strategies.