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Welcome to the Inaugural Conference on R.E.S.T.~ Racial Equity and Social Transformation!  We are excited to bring this powerful conference to the Hampton Roads community.

Date:        Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Time:        9:00 am – 4:30 pm

Location:  Norfolk State University – School of Nursing

Equity pricing:

To allow for all community members to access this transformational event, conference registration is pay what you can, with a $100.00 suggested amount per person.

Registration revenue greatly helps to advance the mission of YWCA South Hampton Roads to eliminate racism, empower women, and promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.

This conference brings together community leaders-participants with the goal of advancing racial justice and equity issues in policies, institutions, and culture in our region. R.E.S.T. is a training ground for those interested in learning more and leaning into the effects of injustices and inequities.  Through information-collaboration-activation, participants will learn and build best practices with a long-term goal of building a blueprint for the transformational change needed to build an antiracist Hampton Roads.

This year’s theme is “Journey to Reconciliation” with a focus on the historical perspective of racism in Hampton Roads and what we can do to move the needle towards racial reconciliation and healing!

Join us as our presenters offer insight into supporting diverse populations here and beyond.  Our dynamic and renowned keynote speaker is none other than the Dr. Cassandra Newby-Alexander, Professor of History – Norfolk State University.

Additional highlights are:

  • W.O.K.E. HR– Working on Opportunities and Knowledge for an Equitable Hampton Roads: A panel discussion centered on the impact of historical racism on diverse communities in HR today and how to move the needle towards better
  • Racial Justice Essay Contest – our $1,000 scholarship recipient will share her/his essay
  • Breakout Sessions to equip participants with knowledge and action plans to carry out the work of justice
  • A “Journey to Reconciliation Walk and Ceremony” – a time of community and personal reflection as we journey to a commitment to racial reconciliation and healing
  • Stand Against Racism Community Pledge
  • and a good ole Cookout on the Lawn with food, games and music!

Registration is now open and sponsorships-ad opportunities are available. Now is the time and this is the moment we can all unify around the celebration of Juneteenth and advance the work of justice and equity in our own backyard – so join us!

For further information or to reserved your sponsorship, contact Zakkiyya Anderson at  zakkiyya.anderson@ywca-shr.org or (757) 625-4248 x. 126

Hampton Roads, you are in for a treat. The work of justice is never done, and neither is your YWCA SHR! So let the work begin – we’re in this together!

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