Morning Keynote
How the four levels of bias manifest and interact within our society: internalized, interpersonal, institutional, and structural
Terry Keleher, Director of the Midwest Office of the Applied Research Center and Program Director of the Racial Justice Leadership Action Network. view presenter bio...

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Afternoon Keynote
How faith-based communities have a critical role in advancing and promoting inclusion
Dr. David Anderson, Founder and President of the BridgeLeader Network. view presenter bio...

Internalized Images of One's Worth
How social messages produce and perpetuate privilege and oppression
Peggy McIntosh
, Ph.D. "White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack" Author
Hugh Vásquez, The Color of Fear Cast Member; National Equity Project Senior Associate

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This session raised awareness of societal messages that define the relative value of peoples, cultures, practices and customs inequitably. Presenters discussed their own journeys in coming to recognize the impact of these messages. Participants learned how negative or positive stereotypes reinforce perceptions, and how people may come to believe or resist these stereotypes.

Interpersonal Interactions
How increased awareness fosters positive interactions with others
Dr. Charles Green, Hope College Professor of Psychology
Dr. Lorna Hernandez-Jarvis, Hope College Professor of Psychology

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This workshop provided research-based information on how race, ethnicity, and culture influence the ways people think about and interact with each other. Presenters explored the experiences and perspectives of those in dominant and marginalized groups. Participants learned practical tools to work toward greater inclusion in their own areas of influence.

Institutional Inclusion
How policies/systems can produce equitable, inclusive environments
Abe Carrillo, Herman Miller, Inc. Director of Inclusiveness and Diversity
Andre Daley, Diversity Alliance Associate Executive Director
Sarah Salguera, Diversity Alliance Program Director

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This breakout explored the imperative to create institutions that produce racially equitable outcomes. Presenters shared how institutional policies and practices can affect talent recruitment, retention and advancement. Participants gained practical tools to ensure that institutional systems reduce bias and allow individuals from all backgrounds to participate and flourish.

Structural Equity
How cumulative institutional efforts shape an inclusive, vibrant region
Terry Keleher, Director of the Midwest Office of the Applied Research Center
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This session explored cumulative and compounding effects of societal factors that perpetuate systematic inequities. The presenter shared how collaborative institutional efforts that promote equity can impact regional growth. Participants learned steps to advance an inclusive region through collective impact.