The SMU Conflict Management and Dispute Resolution Center is partnering with Peace is Possible for this one-day event designed to educate and develop community leaders that are passionate about dismantling racial divisions within our society. Topics and activities include: presentations from academics and thought leaders, dialogue processes, and learning opportunities centered around the importance of personal narratives and how they enable common understanding within communities. Creating positive change starts with understanding the problems and a willingness to engage with them in meaningful ways. Many of the speakers live and work here in North Texas, and represent social justice efforts being carried out right here in DFW.
From the Peace is Possible website:
“The Symposium is designed to educate, motivate, and inspire positive change in the North Texas community. Participants will learn the importance of personal narratives as it relates to understanding the lived experiences of those individuals whose narratives are too often missing in history. Actionable ideas will be presented to help attendees begin to shift from consciousness awareness to being agents of positive change in their workplaces and communities. Participants will learn from thought leaders and academics, participate in dialogue processes, and, ultimately, have the opportunity to become peacemakers in our shared North Texas community.”
Registration for the event is $45, and includes a light breakfast and lunch. Come learn how to engage your community as a peacemaker, and create positive, equatable change at the Race & Reconciliation Symposium.
Symposium Topics & Speakers
The Power of Personal Narratives – Dr. Candice L. Bledsoe, Action Research Center, Founder & Director
Shifting From Social Awareness to Social Action – Husain Abdullah, Executive Coach, Social Justice Advocate, and Former NFL Player
A Conversation with the North Texas Dream Team – Panel Discussion
The Artist Way: Creating Positive Change Through Social Practice Art – Jin-Ya Huang, Interdisciplinary Artist and Founder of Break Bread, Break Borders
Beyond Diversity & Inclusion Programs: Reconciliation in the Workplace – Kamilah Collins, President of Collins Collaborations
Challenges Facing the Muslim Community in the Age of Fear and Xenophobia – Nikiya Natale, Legal Director of CAIR DFW