REAL Talk at the 2015 NLC University Leadership Summit

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Title: Lessons from Sanford to Charleston - Applying a Racial Equity Lens
Location: Loew's Portofino Bay Hotel, Orlando, Florida
Time: 10am to 3pm (includes break for lunch, 12pm to 1:20pm)

The tragedies of Sanford, Ferguson, Staten Island, Cleveland, North Charleston, Baltimore, McKinney, Charleston and what seems like weekly reports of another incident are not the first time this country has confronted the overtones and undertones of race and justice. But, the events in the last year have elevated and provoked the consciousness for so many of our citizens. These events create an opportunity to examine critical issues of race, institutional and structural racism, implicit and explicit bias and how it shows up in our individual lives, communities, organizations, policies, systems and structures. Participants will hear from city leaders who have experienced these events and how they responded. This session will provide tools to proactively prepare city leaders to create meaningful conversations and actions that apply a racial equity lens to changing organizational culture, policies, initiatives, programs, and budget issues. For instance, in Seattle, when the city applied a racial equity lens they learned that their complaint-based system for responding to street light replacement or police officer assignment based on 9-1-1 calls did not accurately reflect need or in some cases had a devastating effect in some neighborhoods that experienced more criminal activity. Participants will learn how a racial equity lens offer city leaders tools to assess how policies, projects, initiatives, and budget decisions benefit and burden communities.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Title: REAL Talk Town Hall: Advancing a Boys and Men of Color Agenda
Location: TBD, Orlando, Florida
Time: 1:30pm to 5pm

Across the nation, in city after city, in neighborhood after neighborhood, boys and men of color are being disenfranchised. Whether one observes the employment market, the academic classroom, the prison system, or even family success, boys and men of color consistently struggle in these areas in comparison to other groups. More and more city leaders are using their platforms to develop agendas for improving life outcomes for boys and men of color. Mayor Buddy Dyer and the city of Orlando have demonstrated their commitment to advancing a boys and men of color agenda through their participation in several initiatives - City Leadership to Promote Black Male Achievement, Cities United, and My Brother's Keeper. This town hall forum will be a great opportunity for participants to learn more about city leaders working in partnership with community leaders, families, youth, philanthropy, government officials, and other stakeholders to improve life outcomes for boys and men of color in Orlando.