ywca Minneapolis

It's Time to Talk: Forums on Race

Break through the barriers that perpetuate racism.

2017 It's Time to Talk: Forums on RaceTM

Tuesday, October 17, 2017
11:30 am to 1:30 pm
Minneapolis Convention Center


About the Event

Over 1,000 diverse leaders from business, education, arts and community service will come together to move Minnesota forward through honest conversation about race.

The strength of our future depends on our ability to develop new skills around inclusion and equity, understand the realities of racism today and to commit ourselves to action.

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Sponsorships and Hosted Tables

Event sponsorship connects your organization to this powerful racial justice program. Sponsors of the event are invited to participate in a customized "Continue the Conversation" dialogue for ten led by a trained YWCA facilitator at their home site.

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Keynote Presentation: Sun Yung Shin

Sun Yung Shin

Join us for our 15th annual event featuring Sun Yung Shin, editor of A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota, a provocative book where sixteen of Minnesota’s best writers provide a range of perspectives on what it is like to live as a person of color in Minnesota.

Minnesota communities struggle with some of the nation’s worst racial disparities.

Shin will facilitate and guide a panel discussion regarding current concerns in our community with contributors from the book which may include:

  • Venessa Fuentes
  • Shannon Gibney
  • Carolyn Holbrook
  • Robert Farid Karimi
  • Sherry Quan Lee
  • David Mura
  • Rodrigo Sanchez-Chavarria
  • Kao Kalia Yang

Shin is the author of poetry/essay collections Unbearable Splendor; Rough, and Savage; and Skirt Full of Black (all from Coffee House Press), a co-editor of Outsiders Within: Writing on Transracial Adoption, and the author of bilingual illustrated book for children Cooper’s Lesson. She has received artist grants from the Bush Foundation, the Minnesota State Arts Board, the McKnight Foundation, and the Jerome Foundation. She is teaching or has taught at St. Catherine University, Hamline University, Macalester College, the University of Minnesota, the Perpich Center for Arts Education, Intermedia Arts, Minneapolis public schools and the Loft Literary Center. She is a 2016-2017 writer in residence at the Wisdom Ways Center for Spirituality and is a contributing editor at Aster(ix) and Society Editions.


About YWCA’s Racial Justice Work

YWCA Minneapolis is a national leader in the field of racial equity; facilitating change and generating meaningful action in the workplace and the community.

The YWCA Minneapolis Racial Justice department works within the community to eliminate racism on an interpersonal, institutional and system level through a continuum of moving from knowledge, awareness and skills to action. We do this through assessment, facilitated dialogues in the workplace, and inclusion and engagement planning.

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Proceeds from It's Time to Talk: Forums on Race support YWCA Minneapolis Racial Justice programs.



For more information about attending It's Time to Talk: Forums on Race or sponsoring a table for your organization, contact IT2T@ywcampls.org