PULLMAN, Wash. — A production of “One Race, One People, One Peace,” by
James Chapmyn and his performing arts company, will highlight the annual
YWCA of Washington State University’s Biennial Racial Justice Conference.
The conference will be held on Jan. 29 in WSU’s Compton Union Building.
Chapmyn, from Columbus, Ohio, and his performers will do their 9:30 a.m.
production in an interactive format to initiate a “connection of community and
empower audience members to play a role in establishing social and racial
justice,” says Debi Robinson-Smith, YWCA of WSU director.
Conference registration begins at 8:45 a.m. Robinson-Smith will deliver
conference opening remarks at 9:15 a.m. Lunch, noon-1:30 p.m., will include a
“The World Around Us” program.
From 1:30-3:30 p.m., dialogue sessions will include Integrating Multiculturalism
Into Higher Education Curriculum, Building Multicultural School Communities
Within the K-12 System, Promoting Acceptance and Celebrating Diversity in
Places of Worship, Examining Learned Behavior in Early Childhood
Development, Building a Bias-Free Community, Addressing Incidents of Racial
Profiling, Providing Equal Opportunities Beyond Legal Mandates, Recognizing
Prejudice and Stereotype in a Multi-media World, Cultivating Future Leaders
as Advocates for Social Change, and Looking at Ourselves and Others.
Robinson-Smith says the conference programs are intended to facilitate
dialogue about racial and social justice issues. At the conference, participants
will “engage in discussions and share their visions on constructing a world for
justice and peace. They will bring diverse perspectives and represent various
organizations. We expect voices of our community to come together, like
pieces of the puzzle, harmonizing and connecting to form a complete picture of
a world where justice and peace are honored,” she adds.
For registration materials and additional information, contact the YWCA of
WSU, Koinoina House, 720 NE Thatuna, 509/335-3916; or the WSU Women’s
Resource Center, 509/335-7118.