AERB 2017 Photos

Click here to check out photos from the 2017 Accomplices in Eliminating Racial Bias Conference.  Thank you to Jack Kloft for taking such great photos of our event!



Accomplices in Eliminating Racial Bias, March 24 Conference Schedule

7:00 AM – 12:00 PM                Registration
7:00 AM – 1:00 PM                  Exhibits & Resources – Various Organizations
7:00 AM – 8:30 AM                 Breakfast & Opening
(Program begins at 8:00 AM)
8:30 AM – 11:30 AM                Keynote Speaker Jane Elliott

Jane Elliott will present a 3 hour lecture and workshop entitled The Anatomy of Prejudice

11:30 AM – 1:00 PM                Lunch & Facilitated Roundtable Discussions
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM                  Guest Panel

Presenters include: Sarah Bruch, Dr. Sandra McGee, Dr. Ain Grooms, Dave Kuker, and a representative of Communities of Hope.  The panel will focus on multidisciplinary work to eliminate racial bias in communities and youth serving institutions (i.e. schools,  juvenile court,  and communities)

2:30 PM – 4:00 PM                  Breakout Sessions

 Extended presentations from panelists regarding specific programming and successful tools for implementation

4:00 PM – 4:30 PM                  Self-Care Fair

Introducing the Spring Conference Keynote: Jane Elliott

 The Johnson County Disproportionate Minority Contact Committee is thrilled to announce that Jane Elliott will be the keynote speaker for our spring conference: Accomplices in Eliminating Racial Bias.


In the late 1960’s and early 1970’s  Jane Elliott gained national attention for a classroom experiment she conducted with her 3rd grade students in Riceville, Iowa.  This experiment inspired several books and documentaries, and is still referenced and taught today.
Her experiment, a simple lesson is discrimination, power, and privilege, forces people to experience a hint of what it is like to belong to a marginalized group in society. The experiment labels blue-eyed individuals as superior to brown-eyed individuals and in her classroom, Elliott encouraged blue-eyed children to treat brown-eyed children as their inferiors.  The groups are then reversed, and the blue-eyes belong to the marginalized group and the brown-eyes are the privileged group.
The blue-eyes/brown-eyes experiment eventually outgrew the classroom and Elliott began traveling around training groups, corporations, and individuals on diversity.  In fact, Elliott is often named as the pioneer of workplace diversity training.  She has been a long-time anti-racist activist and was the recipient of the National Mental Health Association Award for Excellence in Education.

Community Forum: The Impact of Racial Injustice on Youth

facebookeventphotoOnly six more weeks until the community forum on racial injustice!  This event is organized for families and individuals in our community who are interested in learning more about racially-biased outcomes with schools, police, and the courts-and what your rights and resources might be.

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