Isms Conference 2010 - Agenda

2010 Isms Conference

The Isms Collaborative and the UC Berkeley School of Public Health are pleased to present:

Leading From Where You Are:

Unraveling Privilege, Power and Difference for Organizational Change

A Conference for Cultural Competence & Health Equity Champions in Health Organizations

 October 7th & 8th 2010, 8:00am-5:00pm
Clark Kerr Campus, UC Berkeley

This conference focused on issues of privilege & oppression, and how public health/healthcare professionals who are working to build cultural competence and address health inequities, can bring our social justice values to the workplace. The first day focused on improving our understanding of how privilege works, how we each experience privilege at individual and organizational levels, and how we can use this understanding to practice our social justice values more successfully in our organizations. The second day focused on how we can “lead from where we are” to advocate for change in our organizations. The conference included presentations, video, pair, small, and large group discussion as well as spoken word, drumming, arts, and movement exercises. We hope the overall conference experience supported us as leaders in increasing the multi-cultural competence of our organizations and in our work to bring about health equity in our communities.

Featured speakers included:

    • Allan Johnson, sociologist/writer/speaker on privilege, oppression & social inequality, author of: Privilege, Power & Difference
    • Shakti Butler, racial/social justice film-maker, Executive Director of World Trust. 
    • Tammy Johnson, Director of Strategic Partnerships at the Applied Research Center (ARC), a racial justice think tank and training center

Conference Goals:

  • Increase awareness of what privilege is & how it operates both interpersonally and within organizations
  • Increase tools for leading from where we are to increase equity and social justice inside our organizations
  • Increase organizational effectiveness for addressing health inequities in our communities

Please visit our AgendaResources and Speaker Bio pages for more information.


Major sponsors for the Isms Collaborative and the 2010 Conference:
Alameda County Department of Public Health
Alta Bates-Summit Medical Center
John Muir Health
Kaiser Permanente
Samuel Merritt  University, School of Nursing
CALPACT, the California Pacific Public Health Training Center
The Center for Health Leadership, UCB School of Public Health


Also sponsored by the Isms Collaborative:
Roberto Almanzan, Contra Costa Crises Center
Lynn Baskett, John Muir Health
Kimberly Bradley, Children's Hospital Oakland, Center for the Vulnerable Child
Arianna Caplan, School of Public Health student
Lincoln Casimere, City of Berkeley, Division of Public Health
Thea Daniels, Children's Hospital Oakland
Miriam Eisenhardt, Samuel Merritt University, School of Nursing
Michael Huff, The African American Health Disparity Project
Mia Luluquisen, Alameda County Department of Public Health
Jill Miller, Children's Hospital Oakland, Center for the Vulnerable Child
Timothy Reaves, Faith in Action to Prevent Childhood Obesity, Healthy Communities, Inc.
R. Christoph Sandoval, Polaris Research 
Ellie Schindelman, UC Berkeley, School of Public Health
Kitsy Schoen, Kaiser East Bay, Dept of Psychiatry, Behavioral Health
Christine Smallwood, Alta Bates-Summit Medical Center
Dawna Vann, Contra Costa Health Services