What happens and why? Listening to the experiences of respected leaders in our community. First person accounts, by blacks and whites, relating the experiences and their story of conscious or unconscious racism – as victim or as someone who perpetrates systemic racism actions, stands by while it occurs, or admits defensiveness about the issue of racism, racial difference and power dynamics.
Clarence Williams, attorney, Becker law firm
Robert Runcie, Superintendent, Broward Public Schools; Miguel Pilgram, The Pilgram Group; Stephen Moss, attorney, Holland & Knight; Hon. Levoyd Williams, Commissioner, City of Lauderdale Lakes
An open discussion, to raise awareness of implicit bias, racism and “whiteness,” moderated by an expert in sociology, race relations. The panel discusses how we protect ourselves from racial stress by virtue of race, how it contributes to racism, the ways in which injustice, suppression and violence are perpetuated, and the need to develop “racial stamina” to better address racism and strive to become anti-racist.
Dr. J. Preston Jones, Dean, Florida Memorial University School of Business; Richard Clark, Clark Leadership Consulting; Maggie Gunther, Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance; Terence Shepherd, WLRN News
Eileen Dowse, PhD, Human Dynamics
A presentation of specific actions that need to be made, have been made, or may be underway, across sectors (public/private) to identify and root out the scaffolding that supports systemic racism. This presentation features participation from attendees who can discuss specific actions, personally or through their organizations, and how we can influence and activate change.
MODERATOR: Sheryl A. Dickey, founder and owner of Dickey Consulting Services (DCS).
Sheryl is a community and economic development professional with more than 35 years of experience and a track record of success in these areas. DCS is an economic development, government relations, project management and communications consulting firm, providing services to public and private enterprises.
It provides staffing for invoicing, accounting, documents control, contract administration, civil-CAD, construction inspections, and communications assistance. The firm also provides administrative support for budgeting, planning, management, and purchasing.
Dr. Greg Haile, President/CEO, Broward College.
A public servant, community leader, and an accomplished educator, President Haile has served on over 35 board or committee capacities, and has received extensive recognition for his leadership and service.
James Carras, Carras Community Investment, Inc.
James is Principal of Carras Community Investment, Inc., a development finance consulting firm and is a Lecturer at Harvard University where he teaches graduate seminars in “Policy Making in Urban Settings” and “Financing Community Economic Development.”
Dr. Germaine Smith-Baugh. President/CEO, Urban League of Broward County
Known for her tenacity, visionary leadership and ‘can-do-it’ attitude, Dr. Smith-Baugh’s goal is to be known as a leading change-agent and problem-solver in helping Broward County fulfill its potential.
Walter Honaman, Esq., Legal Aid Service of Broward County
Honaman is supervising attorney of the Children’s Advocacy Program at LAS and a statewide leader in the field of children’s advocacy. He also serves on the Justice Project Taskforce and the Broward County Dismantling Racism Workshop.