The Haskell Coalition of the Lawrence Alliance hopes to turn words into action by sponsoring a workshop on racism.
The "Responding to Racism and Discrimination" panel workshop will run from 9 a.m. to noon on Wednesday. Representatives from the city of Lawrence, Lawrence Law Enforcement Coalition, Haskell Indian Junior College and Kansas University are scheduled to participate.
All workshop sessions are free and open to the public. All the sessions will be held on the Haskell campus.
"We decided to sponsor this for several reasons, number one being to take the power back and respond to racism and discrimination with solutions," said Venida Chenault-White, instructor of social welfare at Haskell and one of the coordinators of the workshop. "We don't feel a need to define the problem any further but instead move into action."
THE 20 panelists chosen for the discussions reflect the diversity of Lawrence, Chenault-White said.
"It's not just a native student problem or a problem in the African-American community," Chenault-White said. "We selected a diverse number of panelists to reflect that.
"A majority of those selected for the panels are just people that make up this community that have experienced the problem of racism and can help come up with solutions."
The workshop will begin with a welcome and opening remarks in the North Conference Room of the Academic Support Center.
At 9:30 a.m., Dan Wildcat, chairman of the natural and social sciences department, will present a lecture called "Racism and Discrimination: Origins, Realities and Solutions."
THREE concurrent sessions are scheduled to run from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Topics include: "Cultures of Diversity: Understanding and Respecting Differences" to be held in the North Conference Room; "Structural Changes: The Role of Social Institutions in Promoting Justice and Equality" will be held in the Navarre Hall Conference Room; and "Challenges for the Business Community: What is being Done and What Remains to be Done," which is scheduled for the Hall of Fame room in the Student Union.
From 11 a.m. to noon, two more concurrent sessions are scheduled: "Challenging Ourselves, Individual Responsibility and Action," will be held in the Navarre Hall Conference Room and "Empowerment: The Process and Mechanics of Filing Complaints," is scheduled for the North Conference Room.