Announcing "Inclusive Democracy" Track at Facing Race National Conference

Race Forward, Center for Social Inclusion, and the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society Team up for Nation’s Largest Racial Justice Conference

August 18, 2016 (New York, NY) – Race Forward: The Center for Racial Justice Innovation, Center for Social Inclusion (CSI), and UC Berkeley’s Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society (Haas Institute) announced today a collaboration on the “Inclusive Democracy” track of Facing Race National Conference, to be held November 10-12 in Atlanta, GA. Workshops and panels in the Inclusive Democracy track will feature innovative policies, practices, research, and narratives that support governing for racial equity. 

“This is a critical moment for bold, innovative thinking that will advance systemic solutions—and we couldn’t be more thrilled to collaborate with the Center for Social Inclusion and the Haas Institute,” said Rinku Sen, President of Race Forward and Publisher of Colorlines. Founded in 1981, Race Forward celebrates its 35th Anniversary this year.

“We’re excited to partner with Race Forward to explore how the transformation of government can be a powerful strategy to achieve racial equity," said Glenn Harris, President of Center for Social Inclusion (CSI), a national policy strategy organization whose mission is to dismantle structural racism. "To achieve a truly inclusive democracy, community and government must work together to dismantle structural racism.”

“To achieve our vision of a inclusive and effective government, we must expand our understanding of ‘who belongs.’ Facing Race is an excellent space for examining racial inequities across our society, and who has the opportunity to contribute to – and make demands on – society and political institutions,” said john powell, Director of Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society.

Facing Race 2016 will be held in Atlanta, a historic epicenter for racial justice work regionally and nationally. In addition to the Inclusive Democracy track, Facing Race workshops will be presented in “Arts, Media, & Culture,” a track focused on narrative shift and culture change to advance racial justice, and “Organizing & Advocacy,” highlighting best practices in building community power for transformational change.

On November 10th, immediately preceding the Facing Race conference, the Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE), a joint project of CSI and the Haas Institute, will present a pre-conference convening: "Advancing Racial Equity: the Role of Government." The convening will feature leaders from all host organizations, the National League of Cities, as well as a panel of elected officials and a closing event with sociopolitical comedian W. Kamau Bell, host of the CNN docu-series, United Shades of America. To register, visit

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ABOUT RACE FORWARD: Race Forward advances racial justice through research, media and practice. Founded in 1981, Race Forward brings systemic analysis and an innovative approach to complex race issues to help people take effective action toward racial equity. Race Forward publishes the daily news site Colorlines and presents Facing Race, the country’s largest multiracial conference on racial justice.

ABOUT CSI: Founded in 2002, Center for Social Inclusion catalyzes community, government, and other institutions to dismantle structural racial inequity and create equitable outcomes for all. CSI’s core program, the Government Alliance on Race and Equity, is a national network of government working to achieve racial equity and advance opportunities for all.

ABOUT HAAS INSTITUTE: The Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society at UC Berkeley is a hub of engaged scholars, researchers, strategic communicators, policymakers, and community partners working to advance belonging for all members of society.