Race Relations and Social Justice Topic of April 13 Symposium at CSUSB

By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)– A public symposium on race relations and social justice, “Dismantling Systems of Racism and Exclusion for a Better I.E.,” will be held at Cal State San Bernardino on Saturday, April 13.

The symposium, hosted by CSUSB and its University Diversity Committee in partnership with the Westside Action Group, will be held in the university’s Santos Manuel Student Union. The program, which includes lunch and a keynote presentation, runs from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. with registration beginning at 8 a.m.

Discussion and breakout sessions will focus on homelessness, food insecurity, mental health, school-to-prison pipeline, drug addiction, and the need to develop future inland region leaders.

In the fall, five working groups, composed of community members and CSUSB faculty and staff, began meeting independently for roundtable discussions on these important issues, with a focus on solutions and sustained action for improvement. From these conversations, the groups will present their findings on April 13. Post-symposium meetings will be held to track progress and outcomes of the proposed solutions.

Leaders and stakeholders from throughout the region, representing education, business, government, and faith-based organizations, will share ideas, discuss best practices, and identify opportunities to improve the health and well-being of our communities.

Award-winning social change agent and former senior advisor and vice president of the W. K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF), Gail C. Christopher, will serve as the symposium’s keynote speaker. She is the visionary for and architect of the WKKF-led Truth Racial Healing and Transformation (TRHT) effort for America. TRHT is an adaptation of the globally recognized Truth and Reconciliation Commission model, having evolved from the decade-long WKKF America Healing initiative, designed and led by Christopher, which advances racial healing and racial equity.

Over the last 10 years, Christopher was responsible for several other areas of foundation programming, including food, health and well-being, leadership, public policy, community engagement, and place-based funding in New Orleans and New Mexico. She is a highly sought-after speaker on racial healing, the human capacity for human caring, and the social determinants of health and wellness.

Sponsors include Westside Action Group, No Kid Hungry Campaign, CSUSB’s President’s Office, University Diversity Committee, and the John M. Pfau Library.

Organizers encourage everyone to participate in this important conversation. Serious issues of race and race relations exist in the Inland Empire, and everyone is part of the effort to address these challenges. Organizers are seeking to partner with residents in a multi-year effort to coordinate actions and push for catalytic change.

Complimentary parking will be available in Lot D.

To register or learn more, visit the Symposium on Race Relations and Social Justice web page.

For more information, contact Robie Madrigal at rmadriga@csusb.eduor (909) 537-5104.

For more information on Cal State San Bernardino, contact the university’s Office of Strategic Communicationat (909) 537-5007 and visit inside.csusb.edu.

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