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2022 National Symposium

  "The Case for Education in Reconciliation:
Focusing on Advocacy"

Wednesday, May 25, 2022


Opening Keynote Address

Speaker: Dr. Michael Eric Dyson


Dr. Dyson, will provide perspective on reconciliation efforts through multiple lenses of current concern across the nation. 

Thursday, May 26, 2022

Morning Keynote Address

Speaker: Sandra Quince


Sandra Quince will provide a national perspective of how business leaders, board members, and academics can build coalitions to overcome disparity issues within their organizations and communities. 

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Afternoon Session Speaker: 

Dr. Lolita Buckner-Inniss


Dr. Buckner-Inniss will share how her family’s stories of being survivors and descendants of the Tulsa Race Massacre were threads in a larger tapestry about anti-Black racism, the value of having our own spaces, the passage of time, and finally, the law’s power to grant recognition and relief.

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Evening Keynote Address

Speaker: Dr. Natalia Mehlman Petrzela


Dr. Natalia Mehlman Petrzela will discuss current issues in American politics and culture that give insight into the political and educational tensions that are relevant to the reconciliation work of our times.

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Friday, May 27, 2022

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Public Deliberation

Debate Team Coach:  Chaz Stephens 


The youth debate team provide deliberations over the symposium topic, “The Case for Education in Reconciliation: Focusing on Advocacy.”  The information the youth present will provide foundation for subsequent dialogue sessions with both the youth and adults for the remainder of the symposium day.


Afternoon Session Speaker

Speaker: Shariah Miller


From her youth vantage point, Miller will discuss how she has seen activism and advocacy and would like to see how improvements can occur. Miller will be joined by local educators and community advocates, and other youth in discussing their thoughts on advocacy after hearing Miller’s presentation.

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