St. Louis Racial Equity Summit
October 10 - 11, 2019
As the St. Louis region commemorates the fifth anniversary of the #FergusonUprisings, the outpouring of civic activism following the killing of Michael Brown Jr., key regional organizations are proud to present the St. Louis Racial Equity Summit on October 10-11, 2019, a platform for elevating, connecting, and activating the people, practices, and resources necessary to achieve Racial Equity.
IFCLA is excited to participate in a panel titled, “A Civically Engaged Research Approach to Ending Abusive Alternatives to Detention”. The panel will be held on Friday, October 11 from 10:45am to noon, and will include: Professor Adriano Udani (UMSL), Alicia Hernández (ACLU), Amanda Tello, Kris Walentik (SFCS), Maria Torres Wedding (MICA Project), Sara John (IFCLA). The panel will address the following:
How do members of a community decide how they want to live together? What are the rules, systems, and norms that enforce those decisions? Our panel members will discuss the challenges and prospect of making informed and inclusive decisions regarding advocacy efforts to end abusive Alternatives to Detention (ATD) in the St. Louis region. The session will address the project participants’ journey of defining language and goals when social scientists and direct service providers work together, as there are significant norms, behaviors, and disincentives that undermine the co-production of knowledge among social scientists and people who are not in academia. In our project, clients who are forcibly enrolled into the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s ATD will serve as the experts and designers, rather than the subjects and respondents, of a project that focuses on re-imagining a world without ICE or any form of detention for immigrants. We feel this project design amplifies the voices of clients while minimizing re-traumatization of clients and providing decision-making power over their own lives.
The conference begins on Thursday, Oct. 10, 5:30-7:30pm with a welcome reception and then continues with a full day of programming on Friday from 7:30am-4:30pm. The purpose of the summit is three-fold:
Reinforce the vital importance of putting Racial Equity at the forefront of our region’s agenda and acknowledge the people who have been unflinching in this work.
Highlight local successes, bold ideas, learning experiences, and best practices in the movement to advance Racial Equity.
Build alignment and investment in the Forward Through Ferguson framework for achieving equity by 2039.
The Racial Equity Summit’s inclusive agenda will drive inspiration, learning, and action, with programming for a broad range of stakeholders. To inspire, we will acknowledge activists, citizens, and champions whose devotion is unyielding, yet often unrecognized. Rousing keynotes will raise our spirits and ignite our commitment. Workshops will guide us toward action, expanding our capacity to catalyze and sustain the work.