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Morning Workshop 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Whether it’s your own kids, youth you mentor or simply a group of kids you care about, it can be tough to know what to say to them about race and when to have those conversations. How do we teach kids about history without saddling them with pain, shame or guilt? How we talk with them about the present and the future without creating a sense of hopelessness? How do we create young people who will grow into adults ready to take action and advocate for racial justice? Join us to discuss these questions and more!

Presented by Alicia Sojourner (Racial Equity Consulting Manager, YWCA of Minneapolis)

2016 Mentoring Caucus Presenter: Alicia SojournerAlicia Sojourner has over 18 years using their years of experience as a social innovator, developing powerful ideas and innovative practices that improve people’s lives by addressing some of our most difficult social problems. Alicia has guided, trained, and coached corporate, government, educational, and nonprofit sectors to support them in advancing inclusion and racial equity.

As a Racial Equity Consulting Manager with the YWCA of Minneapolis, she helps to strengthen the organization's human capacity to work effectively in diverse communities, and maximize its contributions in our Global market. Some of the actives of her work include: Team Development, Equity Toolkits, Diversity and Inclusion Training, Diversity and Inclusion Awareness, Consultancy, and Executive Coaching.

Alicia is also an Intercultural Development Inventory® Qualified Administrator, Kingian Nonviolence Conflict Reconciliation & Leadership Trainer, Racial Justice Facilitator and Trainer, and Real Colors® Personality Certified Facilitator. Over the years Alicia has been involved in many activates, including, Board of Directors for Aeon and a Minneapolis charter school, member of the Interfaith Children's Advocacy Network, lead support group for parents who are parenting on their own, and rising awareness of the opportunity gap of child with disabilities in communities of color.

Alicia has been awarded the Beat the Odds Award through Children’s Defense Fund of Minnesota, Young Alaka'I Award for working with marginalized youth, and winner of Inspiring Women by the WNBA Minnesota Lynx.

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