Workshops and Presenters
The 2021 Summit includes breakout sessions on a number of skill-building topics. This list is live and will continue to grow as we get closer to the Summit.
- Interested in multiple workshops during the same breakout?
- Unable to take part in all or part the 2-day Summit?
When you register, videos from the entire Summit will be available to you online for three months.
Thursday Breakout Sessions
Living at the intersection of the marginalized identities of Blackness and Queerness, Black LGBTQ+ Chicagoans face risk factors for adverse health, economic, and social outcomes. The Black Queer Equity Index (BQEI) seeks to alleviate these factors by helping organizations live up to their values of anti-racism and equitable service of Black LGBTQ+ people. This webinar covers how the BQEI came to be, how it is being applied, and what its existence means for the future of organizations and communities in the Chicagoland area.
Carol Jungman, Self-employed Consultant, Trainer, Facilitator, Educator
Lyna Smith-Williams, Public Speaker, Instructional Designer, L&D Consultant & Facilitator
Starting with an overall view of this as a national problem and a burden on the U.S economy, we will broaden the definition of wealth to go beyond the simple idea of accumulation of money & property. Through a variety of stories, we will take participants on a journey of wealth accumulation in the USA. Using curated questions, we will share our individual legacies based on this expanded definition. And we will end with brainstorming ways to intervene in the various systems, both individually and collectively, to spread resources and wealth among those who have been traditionally shut out. We hope to leave participants with the inspiration that they can do some small but specific things to help close the gap and that this collective effort will yield mutually beneficial results.
Melanie Sampson, Content Director at Literacy Works Clear Language Lab
Access to information is essential for a just society. In this workshop, we’ll explore strategies to make communications more clear, understandable, inclusive, and trauma-informed. Non-profit and government communications can often be overly bureaucratic, unclear, and lacking in empathy, compounding barriers. We’ll discuss how a plain language lens can help us develop more equitable communication practices that center communities. Together, we’ll identify how we can be responsive to and collaborative with community members, flipping the script on top-down communications that reinforce the status quo.
Directed by Andrea Alberti
Produced by Katy Osborn
Edited by Mimi Wilcox
Tens of millions of women experience hair loss which causes identity-related trauma, yet the condition is considered purely cosmetic by most, especially in the healthcare system. There has even been an uptick in stress-related hair loss during the pandemic, as reported by doctors. The Head to Head feature-length documentary is a raw and honest look at the lives of women facing the grief and heartache of hair loss. In coping with the traumatic blow to their self-image, these women must choose to either hide the elephant in the room or live outside the norms of beauty. Although they all experience subsequent mental health, relationship, financial, and social impacts, they individually cope with these challenges in dramatically different ways. The Director also grapples with her own identity and what it means to be ‘authentic’. The film explores ways our institutions and our communities could improve patient outcomes by addressing the critical connection between identity, mental health, and physical wellness.
Join Friday’s breakout session featuring a panel with three of the women in Head to Head moderated by Dr. Cheryl Burton.
Traditional education environments use the “banking model” which sees the person standing at the front of the room as the sole expert, and students as containers into which these experts pour their knowledge. Informed by the work of Black feminist scholars and educators such as bell hooks and adrienne maree brown, this workshop will offer an alternative framework for thinking about how co-created learning spaces and the participatory sharing of knowledge can be used as a tool to redistribute power.
Jerome’ Holston, Director, LGBT Chamber of Commerce of Illinois
For many non-profits and businesses, the board holds a critical role in pushing an organization toward systems change. As many boards struggle to diversify and speak to a breadth of needs, they often overlook the leadership and voices of LGBTQ+ people. This webinar will get specific about postures and practices that organizations and their boards can take to include and become accountable to LGBTQ+ people for substantive and equitable change.
Friday Breakout Sessions
Curated by Kumar Jensen, Chief Sustainability and Resilience Officer, City of Evanston
Anna Grant-Bolton, Organizer, Evanston Fight for Black Lives & ETHS senior
Dick Co, Worker-Owner, Evanston Development Cooperative
Mikaela Parisien, Organizer, Evanston Fight for Black Lives & ETHS senior
Join the City of Evanston Office of Sustainability, Evanston Fight for Black Lives and the Evanston Development Cooperative to discuss existing barriers to affordable, equitable and energy efficient housing in Evanston. Panelists will share their perceptions of barriers and their visions of what equitable and energy efficient affordable housing could look like in Evanston in the future.
Sarah E. Dennis, Ph.D., UIC
Research has shown that young children (2-4 year olds) demonstrate bias much earlier than most adults think they could. Children can hurt others and be hurt by insensitive/biased comments/actions.
According to Jane Fleming, teachers and schools can play a critical role in working against this. The myth of colorblindness, and the color-muteness, as well as the lack of preparation many early childhood teachers feel for navigating anti-bias education with young children, will be addressed in this supportive and engaging workshop. Participants will engage in self-reflection, self-assessment, goal setting, conversation, and learning about children’s books and ideas for next steps on this journey of supporting all our children to the best of our abilities!
Art & Renewal is a unique Open Studio Project workshop that is designed to support those whose work is emotionally demanding and prone to burn-out. Using traditional and unexpected art materials combined with reflective journaling, this workshop invites you to engage the Open Studio Process of intuitive art making and writing within a supportive small group format.
We will be offering this workshop with a Racial Healing focus based on our recent trainings with Enrich Chicago and in response to a critical need for systemic racial change. This workshop is particularly beneficial to those in high-stress work environments, our goal is to satisfy a need of these professionals that is often overlooked: the need for self-care.
Alyscia Raines, M.Ed., ADR Consulting Group
Much of what is considered to be standards of professionalism in the workplace are actually rooted in White Supremacy, patriarchy, and capitalism. Perfectionism, production, and competition are just a few examples. This session will define white supremacy, identify how it is manifested in work culture, and provide solutions on how to resist and create more equitable and inclusive systems and practices.
How do we redistribute power to achieve equitable and liberated communities? Educational and community activists point to one area of great need, an overhaul of America’s educational system which includes the dismantling of structural violence found within it.
This webinar will walk attendees through the colonial education foundation and provide examples of structural violence (a term coined by Johan Galtung) to illustrate that at the root of America’s contemporary education system are the ideologies of colonialism: power and domination. The workshop will highlight the work of postcolonial liberation theorists such as bell hooks, Paulo Freire, and Frantz Fanon and offer action steps that teachers, students, and administrators can take to dismantle structure violence in our public and independent schools, and higher education institutions.
Kiran Subhani, New Trier High School-English Teacher
Pat Savage-Williams, School Board President: Evanston Township High School, Equity Liaison: New Trier High School
To transform our community towards a racially just society, it is essential to move the equity work from theory to practice. As long as race, class, and ethnicity continue to be strong predictors of success and successful life experiences, community members must work within their own systems to identify barriers and obstacles to opportunity, interrupt the negative impact, and eliminate the persistent disparities that continue in health care, education, housing, wealth, criminal justice system, etc. We will explore facilitation models to lead the work of racial equity and discuss barriers to anticipate and how to respond to opposition and pushback. We will share tools and discuss policies and practices that promote racial equity and
Tens of millions of women experience hair loss which causes identity-related trauma, yet the condition is considered purely cosmetic by most. There has even been an uptick in stress-related hair loss during the pandemic as reported by doctors. This panel presents three women who are featured in Head to Head, a documentary about navigating a society that puts a high value on hair and beauty, yet overlooks the connection between self-image, mental health and overall wellbeing. Margot Greer lost her hair to chemo while being treated for breast cancer, which led her to launch Woven. Andrea Alberti lost her hair to Alopecia at a young age, which led her to make this film. Kali Patrice’s passion for hair and science led her to study body image in Lupus patients. They will share their individual experiences with challenging institutional systems and their visions for ways to enhance collaboration between the healthcare and beauty industries for the benefit of public health.
Caronina Grimble, Director, Office of Strategy, Equity, and Transformation, IDHS
Healing Illinois is a racial healing initiative of the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS), in partnership with The Chicago Community Trust, designed to distribute $4.5 million grants to organizations across the state to begin, or continue, the work of racial healing. This webinar will provide an overview on how this public-private partnership came about and how it works. Participants will also hear stories from the many racial healing partners whose work has been catalyzed by this initiative.
Ald. Robin Rue Simmons
U.S. Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky
H.R. 40 is a bill that establishes a commission to assess the impact of slavery and subsequent discrimination of African – Americans. After being stalled in the House for 30 years, the legislation has found new life amid conversations around reparations and reparative justice across the nation. In what ways will national policy affect our ability to created liberated communities? As H.R. 40 moves closer to a vote in the house, Ald. Robin Rue-Simmons and Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, a co-sponsor of the bill, will share about this historic bill and this historic moment.
(In alphabetical order) View detailed bios of our presenters here.
Director, Head to Head Documentary
Development and Program Evaluation Associate, The Lighthouse Foundation
Dr. Cheryl A. Burton
President/CEO of Cheryl A. Burton Consulting
E.J. Burton and Assoc., Board Member, Open Studio Project
Worker-Owner, Evanston Development Cooperative
Sarah E. Dennis, Ph.D.
Adjunct Faculty, UIC College of Education
Kimberly Ellis, Ph.D., aka "Dr. Goddess"
Scholar of American and Africana Studies, Artist, Activist, and Entrepreneur
Executive Director, The Lighthouse Foundation
Organizer, Evanston Fight for Black Lives & ETHS senior
Co-Founder of the Black Researchers Collective
Director of the Office of Strategy, Equity, and Transformation at the Illinois Department of Human Services
Director, Equity Outreach and Education
Director, LGBT Chamber of Commerce of Illinois
Blaxican Artist, Activist, and author of Fist & Fire
President at Chicago Journalists Association Charitable Fund, Inc.
Chief Sustainability and Resilience Officer, City of Evanston
Organization Development Consultant
Executive Director, Open Studio Project
CEO, Carole Robertson Center for Learning
Senior Equity Specialist, Northwestern University
Geraldine Palmer, Ph.D
Community Wellness Institute
Mikaela Parisien, Organizer, Evanston Fight for Black Lives & ETHS senior
Founder, The Image Studios
Alyscia Raines, M.Ed.
ADR Consulting Group
Robin Rue Simmons
Strategist, civic entrepreneur and alderman of Evanston’s 5th Ward
Content Director of the Clear Language Lab at Literacy Works
President, Evanston Township High School Board
Congresswoman, Illinois' 9th Congressional District
Open Studio Project/ Adler School of Professional Psychology
Public Speaker, Instructional Designer, L&D Consultant & Facilitator
Loraine Palmer Snead
Director of Equity and Inclusion, Tabor Academy
Funded in part by a grant from Healing Illinois.
Evanston Community Foundation
Evanston Public Library
Connections for the Homeless