Moving “Beyond the ‘Racial Stalemate'” at ALA Annual Conference

The ALA Public Programs Office and the Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services invite you to attend “Beyond the ‘Racial Stalemate’”, a free program facilitated by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation during the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.

Session Information

Beyond the ‘Racial Stalemate’

Friday, June 23, 2017 (the session will be offered four times during the day; see below for options)

Hyatt Regency McCormick, Grant Park/CC 12C

Description: In his 2008 speech on race titled “A More Perfect Union,” then-candidate Barack Obama described a “racial stalemate we’ve been stuck in for years.” He suggested that, if we don’t do something different, “nothing will change.” Now, more than eight years later, we’re still stuck. How do we move forward? Using an approach known as “racial healing,” facilitators will lead participants through a process that invites story-telling, vulnerability and deep listening. The goal is to provide leaders with a tool currently used by hundreds of organizations to help uproot the flawed belief in a racial hierarchy. These sessions are facilitated by the W. K. Kellogg Foundation.

Free registration is required and spaces are limited; please choose only one of the following sessions.

  • 8:00-9:30 a.m.: Facilitated by Dushaw Hockett (executive director, SPACEs—Safe Places for the Advancement of Community and Equity) and Mee Moua (racial healing practitioner, former president and executive director of Asian Americans Advancing Justice)
  • 10:00-11:30 a.m.: Facilitated by Monica Haslip (executive director, Little Black Pearl) and Mike Wenger (lecturer, George Washington University)
  • 12:30-2:00 p.m.: Facilitated by Dushaw Hockett and Mee Moua
  • 2:30-4:00 p.m.: Facilitated by Monica Haslip and Mike Wenger

Registration Instructions

If you’ve already registered for Conference, you can add a session to your registration by using the unique link in your email confirmation. If you don’t have your registration confirmation handy, you can request a copy by emailing [email protected]om.  Click here for the registration page:

If you have not already registered for Conference, you can add this free ticketed event session during your initial registration (or add it later).

If sessions are filled, please email Brian Russell in the Public Programs Office ([email protected]) to be added to a waiting list.



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