Daring Diversity: A Racial Equity Summit

Thank you to all who attended!  Check back soon for the 2020 itinerary. 

Daring Diversity is an impassioned call to action that opposes a big threat to diversity and equality:  indifference.  Daring is not just doing but rather doing something with a purpose, galvanizing each person to actively participate and refuse to stand idly in the face of injustice and inequity.  

Join us on October 3 and October 4, 2019 at Heartland Community College in the ACEC (Astroth building), and let's learn about diversity and its challenges TOGETHER.  

For questions about this event, please contact the Town of Normal.   
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Event Itinerary



Thursday, October 3
  • 7:00 am: Check In
  • 8:00 am - 8:45 am: Continental Breakfast & Welcome
    • Welcome
    • Greetings – Mayor Pro Tem Kevin McCarthy
    • Greetings – President Keith Cornille
    • The Occasion
    • Ground Rules & Housekeeping
  •  Sessions 
    • 8:50 am - 10:20 am
      Session 1: The History
      Synopsis: Laws beginning in 1492 to 2018 that have highly impacted people of color in the United States. The idea of assimilating to white American culture to get along beginning with the Native Americans. The definition of who was considered an American according to law. The naturalization process by law was only allowed for whites immigrating to America. Why colorism became the identity of race (white/black), and the definition of black as defined by law (and white being defined using science).  
      Presenter: Chemberly Cummings
    • 10:25 am - 11:55 am
      Session 2: What is Racism?
      Synopsis::Identify and provide the definition of racism, levels of racism, white supremacy, white privilege, prejudice, bigotry, and discrimination. The theory of colorblindness and the reality of it being the highest form of racism. Racism is systematic and has intentional results of inequity. The difference between equity and equality. The difference between racism v. discrimination.
      Presenter: Dr. Shamaine Bertrand
  • 12:00 - 1:30 pm Lunch & Presentation  
    • The Immigration Project
      Presenter:  Marianne Taylor

  • Sessions
    • 1:35 - 3:05 pm
      Session 1: The New Jim Crow
      Synopsis: Being conscious of the policies, procedures, and processes that are put in place that have adverse effects on racial equity.
      Presenter: Dr. Miltonette Craig
    • 3:10-4:40pm
      Session 2: Micro-Aggression & Coded Language
      Synopsis: What is coded language? What is dog whistle politics and how it has added to the coded language of “state’s rights”, “tough on crime”, “cutting taxes”, “no big government” and “patriotic”. Societal mindsets that are created through imagery and coded language (mugshots v. family photos, thug v. teen, drug problem v. epidemic and medical crisis)
      Presenter: Chemberly Cummings
  • 7:00 pm (OPTIONAL):  Free showing of TYREL  at the Normal Theater.  
Friday, October 4
  • 8:00 - 8:45am: Check-In & Continental Breakfast 
  • Sessions 
    • 8:50 - 10:20 am: National, State and Local Stats
      Synopsis: Statistics on the Educational gap, the wealth gap, housing & home lending disparities, employment/earning/promotion gaps. How does the community address these disparities?
      Presenter: Alyssa Cooper and Lauren Gibson
    • 10:25 - 11:55 am:  Policy and the Illusion 
      Synopsis: Statistics on the Educational gap, the wealth gap, housing & home lending disparities, employment/earning/promotion gaps. How does the community address these disparities?
      Presenter: Kenith Burgeron
  • 12:00 - 2:00 pm:  Lunch , Keynote Speaker, and Closing
    • Keynote Address:  David Banner