Please join us for the

4th Annual Community Summit on Race:

“Learning from the Past. Building for the Future”


Saturday, April 29, 2017

Time: 8:30 AM – 3 PM

Location: Wilson Foundation Academy, 200 Genesee Street, Rochester, NY


Registration is OPEN! 

Click here to register: Summit Registration





Two-hour A.M. Workshops:

1. Structural Racism & Families; a Panel Discussion

A panel discussion regarding the impact of structural racism on families. African American infants are more than twice as likely as White infants to die before their first birthday. This disparity still exists even after controlling for socioeconomic, behavioral and health factors. Recent research has turned toward the impact of structural racism and chronic stress on epigenetics, and how these changes may affect birth outcomes. Panel members will provide an overview of structural racism and epigenetics, highlight local impacts of structural racism, and engage attendees in discussion about how to address racism as a health challenge in our community.

2. Rochester: A National Leader in Poverty and Racial Segregation

Understanding the roots of how we got here and looking at local opportunities for effecting change. A retrospective look at African American experiences of coming from the South to Rochester during the Great Migration years and Caucasian experiences of Federal Assistance Programs during the Great Depression and post WWII years. A personal sharing time for participants to talk of family stories and to hear experiences of others. A forward look at the many and varied opportunities for individuals to become agents of change.

3. The Impact of White Identity on Whiteness: There is no Neutral

This workshop will be a combination of information sharing and dialogue about white identity and how it shapes the internal, interpersonal, institutions and systems we operate in every day. Our premise is that people are completely good, and although we are not to blame for our conditioning, once we become aware we become responsible for undoing it and taking action to create a more equitable society.

4. Diversity Theatre

How can theatrical techniques be used to build connected communities and teach diversity and inclusion topics? This workshop will give examples of how various interactive theatre techniques can be used along with a specific story example from the “past.” The workshop is highly interactive in a relaxed and structured atmosphere. Workshop participants will be asked to volunteer as readers and storytellers.

5. Raise the Age: A Community Response to Mass Incarceration

This workshop is a timely invitation to immediate participation within the local campaign to affect near term change of New York State’s criminal justice system. Participants will hear and share stories of the young people of color affected by today’s culture of mass incarceration. As a Call to Action, attendees will be given access to resources, learn about the status of Raise the Age legislative reform and interact directly with local and statewide organizers of the campaign.

6. Adversity, Perseverance, & Transformation: Growing up in Native America

This workshop will begin by addressing historical events that transformed Native American identity and have shaped Native identity. Using these historical events as examples, the workshop will share the impact these events have had on Native identity and on Native American communities. The workshop will focus on the adversity and perseverance of our Native ancestors and the inequities that the young Native generation face as they work to reclaim their identity and overcome these inequities.



Two-hour P.M. Workshops:

 1. Prejudice: Are we born this way? Race Relations through a child’s eyes.

Children possess something that we as adults have lost in some way or another – our innocence. Innocence can allow a child to see beyond fear, doubt and prejudice. The gap between innocence and experience can shape how children function; see the world and the people in it. Adults are considered the influencers. To combat prejudice and to eliminate racial divides, adults must become aware of how they discuss race and interact with others of a different race when in the presence of a child. While some discriminatory actions are clearly noticeable to the eye, implicit bias refers to the attitudes or stereotypes that affect our understanding, actions, and decisions in an unconscious manner. This workshop aims to discuss the implicit biases of adults that may affect the way in which children interact with people of a different race. We will also react to a video on race and discuss the impact of discrimination on children.

2. What Can/Should Whites Do to Advocate for Equity?

The workshop is designed as a strategy session specifically focusing on the unique roles that Whites must play to address racism in its different forms. The focus will be on connecting participants to existing opportunities and strategizing to have more impact as a community.

3. Community Evaluation of Body Worn Cameras

To educate civilians on the new body worn camera policies and the Community Input Team that the Coalition for a Police Reform is forming in conjunction with the City of Rochester Body Worn Camera Initiative.

Background: NYCLU and the Coalition for Police Reform were interested in working with the community to develop a response method to the evaluation of the BWC, as of late. BWC’s are no substitute to the work that Officers do, but rather a new tool to increase transparency and accountability. We know that most cases of police brutality and stops impact communities of color, particularly black men, which is why we felt it necessary to include the residents most impacted by the Body Cameras – the City of Rochester residents. We know we can hold our community and officers to new standards with tools that help us see what is going on.

4. Making Colleges More Inclusive: A Student-Led “Dialogue-to-Action” Plan Inspired by All American Boys

Part 1: 3-part Dialogue-to-Action Series on Fisher campus .

Part 2: Interactive workshop involving participants. Presenters will break into small groups with audience to discuss how to apply our model to your campus (HS or college).

In small groups (3-5 people), student presenters will facilitate discussions among workshop attendees.

Identify Issue(s)/Problem(s) on your campus
Conduct a Root Cause Analysis, to dig deeper and analyze specific tensions on your campus
Develop your own Action Plan to bring back to your campus
Small working groups report Take-Aways from today & suggest Next Steps

5. “My Goals” Workshop (Creating a plan for Employment, Education, or Self-Employment)

This workshop is designed to help participants evaluate talents, interests, and values, set goals; and develop a plan to achieve those goals. This can include goals for employment, education, or self-employment.

6. The Case for an Independent Police Accountability System: Transforming the Civilian Review Process in Rochester, NY

This workshop will discuss: A) current issues related to police misconduct in terms of use of force. B) Inadequacies of the current review process when a civilian makes a complaint against a police officer. C) Lack of accountability and transparency in the Rochester Police Department, especially in terms of discipline of officers. D) Individual cases of victims of police brutality. E) an ordinance recommended for City Council to establish a Police Accountability Board. F) Brainstorm of strategies and tactics. G) Assignments people can to take specific actions