A well-attended panel discussion on "Race & Racism" was organized
by the Yakima Valley Library in collaboration with the Yakima Herald-Republic on March 12, 2019.
The three panelists addressed the following questions:
* Why, in 2019, is this conversation about race and racism still needed?
* Why do conversations about race make people uncomfortable?
* Does racism exist in our valley and if so, what are some examples?
* Do you think a post-racial America, where prejudice, discrimination
and racial biases no longer exist, is even possible?
* If not, what is preventing us, and if so, how do we get there?
Culture & Communication Workshop
Educators from nine school districts attended our "Culture & Communication" workshop at ESD-105 on March 26, 2019.
Participants enjoyed the community-building activities. They also shared their own cultural objects, discussed the different experiences of mainstream and marginalized students, practiced some communication exercises and defined culturally-responsive teaching.
Panelists from left to right: Mr. David Morales, Attorney with the Northwest Justice Project and Vice Chair of the Washington State Commission on Hispanic Affairs; Dr. Randie Gottlieb, Executive Director of the UnityWorks Foundation;
Dr. Rodrigo F. Renteria-Valencia, Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology at Central Washington University.
Library Panel Discussion on Race & Racism
Rotary Club Presentation on UnityWorks
UnityWorks was invited to give a keynote presentation at this April 25, 2019 Rotary Club luncheon with over 150 people in attendance. Out of 33,000 Rotary Clubs, the Yakima Downtown Rotary is the 31st largest in the entire world!
Pictured here is UnityWorks Director Randie Gottlieb and the talented Charlie Robbin, CEO of Yakima's Capitol Theatre and Downtown Rotary Program Co-Chair.
Diversity & Inclusion Workshop
Stereotyping activity from our workshop on "Diversity & Inclusion"
held at ESD-105 in Yakima, WA on Feb. 26, 2019, with enthusiastic participants from six school districts!
We also talked about:
* Dimensions of Diversity
* Prejudice: Causes, Consequences, Cures
* Unconscious Bias and Institutional Racism
* Creating a Culture of Inclusion
Photo courtesy of Krystal Corbray of the Yakima Valley Library