Free Public Forum on Race in America: Building Bridges


April 19, 2010 – (RealEstateRama) — A free public Healing Racism forum, “Black and Brown: Building Bridges Part II,” will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 21, at Phoenix College Willo Room, 3110 N. 10th Ave. (northeast corner of 11th Avenue and Flower Street).

The forum will expand on a previous conversation that explored Black and Brown relations. Part II will discuss the strategies for building effective relationships across racial and ethnic groups to promote collaboration and cooperation. The discussion will identify challenges and potential solutions to increase influence and effectiveness in building more equitable communities.

Presenters include Dr. Matthew Whitaker, ASU Associate Professor of History; RJ Shannon, Arizona Department of Health Services; Everette Woods, Mesa MLK Celebration Committee, and Phil Austin, Mesa Association of Hispanic Citizens, who will share their collaboration efforts.

Jacque Starks, diversity coordinator for the Employee and Organizational Learning Team, Maricopa County Community College District; and Janey Pearl, city of Phoenix Human Relations Commission, will facilitate the program.

The event, part of an ongoing Healing Racism series of community conversations that explores various aspects of race and racism, is hosted by the city of Phoenix Human Relations Commission, Arizona State University, Maricopa County Community Colleges and the city of Tempe.

For more information, to RSVP or to request disability accommodations, call 480-731-8211 or visit

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