PULLMAN, Wash.– “Racism in our Community: Building a Blueprint for Action,” is the theme of the 1998 YWCA of Washington State University semi-annual racial justice conference in late January.
To be held at both Pullman High School and WSU, the “working” conference starts with a panel discussion and banquet Jan. 30 at 7 p.m. in the high school cafeteria.
Interactive conference sessions will be held in the university’s Compton Union Building 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Jan. 31.
The conference goal is to “explore the ways in which racism functions in our families, schools and colleges, community groups and government/social service agencies. By identifying how systems reinforce racism in our community, we can address issues of climate and implement ideas for cooperative and productive long-term change,” said Liza Rognas, YWCA of WSU director.
Keynote speaker will be Robbi Ferron of the state Office of Financial Management. She will speak about institutional, community and personal aspects of Affirmative Action during the conference’s Jan. 31 luncheon. She is a regionally recognized specialist in conflict resolution and issues of organizational and institutional oppression — specifically racism, said Rognas. “Her work with the state and the Governor’s Office and familiarity with conflict resolution issues at the WSU Center for Human Rights makes her an ideal choice for the conference,” Rognas said.
The conference will be facilitated by WSU representatives and Pullman community citizens. The YWCA has applied to offer “clock hours” to area educators and plans to offer registration for these hours to educators attending the conference.
Said Rognas, “Everyone is encouraged to attend the conference as part of a community-wide commitment toward creating a more harmonious and welcoming climate for diversity in Pullman.”
To obtain a registration brochure or for more information, contact the YWCA of WSU, 509/335-3916.

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