February 20, 2013 at 12:45pm
Millikin University, in conjunction with Richland Community College, Decatur Public School District 61, and Caring Black Men, is pleased to present "A Conversation on Race 2013: A Call to Action," a two-part series addressing race relations in the Decatur community. Both events are free and open to the public.

The series includes a student summit on Wednesday, Feb. 27 at 6 p.m. in the Shilling Auditorium at Richland Community College, and a discussion panel on Wednesday, March 6 at 6:30 p.m. in the Kirkland Fine Arts Center on Millikin University's campus. The discussion panel will feature keynote speaker and moderator Dr. Adrienne Dixson, associate professor of education policy, organization and leadership at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Dr. Adrienne Dixson's primary research interest focuses on how issues of race, class and gender intersect and impact educational equity in urban schooling contexts, applying a Critical Race Theory (CRT) framework. Dixson is also interim director for the Center for Education in Small Urban Communities at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is the co-author of "Critical Race Theory in Education: All God's Children Got a Song," a novel that presents a comprehensive chorus of answers to the question of how and why Critical Race Theory should be applied to educational scholarship.

The student summit on Feb. 27 will feature 60 students from Millikin University, Richland Community College, Eisenhower High School and MacArthur High School engaging in a discussion about issues of racial disparity in Decatur. Students will assess the root of the issues and develop collaborative strategies to solve the problem. Four students will be selected from this event to serve in the discussion panel on March 6.

Panelists for the event on March 6 include Judge Lisa Holder White, Macon County Circuit Court; Jessie Price, City of Decatur Human Relations Commission representative; Rev. Dr. Michael Hoy, pastor of First Evangelical Lutheran Church; Jessica Anderson, president of Caterpillar Latino Connections; and Marcus Brown, dean of enrollment services at Richland Community College.

For more information on "A Conversation on Race 2013," please contact the Millikin University Center for Multicultural Student Affairs at 217.362.6411 or via e-mail at cmsa@millikin.edu.