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What does a society that values community leadership look like? 

What resources does it need to transform its immediate and long-term futures?

Learn more about our workshop and panel offerings below! 

Please note that titles and scheduled times are subject to change. Sessions are 50-minutes unless noted.

Simultaneous Spanish interpretation services will be available for plenaries and selected breakout sessions (**). / La interpretación simultánea en español estará disponible para las conversaciones de apertura  y algunas otras sesiones.


October 17th


12 pm - 1 pm EDT

Opening Keynote: Remember

Clint Smith, Staff writer at The Atlantic, New York Times bestselling author, award winning poet will deliver the opening keynote: How The Word Is Passed. Reckoning with the history and memory of slavery and why it matters for children and for our collective liberation.

  • Clint Smith, Award-winning Poet and Author, Counting Descent and How The Word Is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America


1:20pm - 2:10pm EDT

Radical Reimagining of Systems: Participatory Budgeting for People to Access Real Power for Change

In this dynamic session you will be introduced to participatory budgeting and how it can be used to redistribute power and radically redesign systems.

  • Shari Davis, Co-Executive Director, Participatory Budgeting Project

Liberating Birth – Reclaiming Space for Birth Justice and Equity

This interactive panel discussion will feature Ted-Style presentations on strategies to advance birth justice and healing from Birth Centers to community leadership for unmasking and healing from pregnancy and infant loss.

  • Nashira Baril, Founder, Neighborhood Birth Center

  • Stephanie Crawford, Founder, Propa City Community Outreach, and Owner, Belle Joie Doula services

  • Leseliey Welch, Co-Founder, Birth Detroit and Birth Center Equity

Live Poster Session:

  • Breastfeeding in Color: Advancing health equity in Springfield one drop at a time -Shanell Ford

  • Using the Help Me Grow Model to Support Families During the COVID-19 Pandemic – Cassandra Therriault

  • Associations between supermarket access, neighborhood income, and reported nutrient intake among a cohort of pregnancy planners – Martha Koenig

  • The Double Burden: Disparities in pap smear receipt among racial and ethnic minority women with disabilities – Sharonda Lovett

  • The Psychosocial Impact of COVID-19 on Undocumented Latinx Immigrants Living in the US – Idalis Ramos Correa

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