The People’s Gathering Conference Set for April 22

Pacific Lutheran University’s Campus Ministry and Center for Graduate and Continuing Education confirmed this week that they will be co-hosting the spring edition of The People’s Gathering: A Revolution of Consciousness conference April 22.

According to a PLU release, the conference will center around anti-racism and advocacy, and seeks to provide a learning experience where participants can engage in an honest dialogue about race and racial disparities in society.

“This conference provides a platform for real talk to happen around the messy and murky issues of race that many people tend to avoid,” said Melannie Denise Cunningham, PLU’s director of multicultural outreach and engagement and the producer and host of the conference, in the release. “It offers a supportive space for participants to examine their mindset, confront their biases and develop an action plan to be anti-racist.”

Graphic courtesy of PLU

Speakers include former Seattle police chief and MSNBC analyst Carmen Best, founder and lead strategist for the Washington Black Lives Matter Alliance Sakara Remmu, and others.

Asia Pacific Cultural Center executive director Lua Pritchard said in the release that she “believes TPG to be timely and necessary.”

“With the current rise of Asian hate, this long-established conference and the way it is designed offers our AAPI community an infrastructure and opportunity to gather for authentic dialogue, healing, and advocacy,” Pritchard said.

For more information about the event, visit its webpage.

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