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The Race Project KC Student Symposium is a day-long event that provides high school students with the opportunity to explore racism – it’s effects and potential solutions - using their minds, their hearts and their feet. Students from diverse schools and experiences will come together to reflect on Kansas City’s racial history, discuss racial equity and explore their own agency as they interact with local community change agents.
The 2019 event features best-selling authors:
  • Ta-Nehisi Coates (Between the World and Me, The Beautiful Struggle, We Were Eight Years in Power) is the distinguished writer in residence at NYU’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute and winner of the 2015 National Book Award.
  • Jacqueline Woodson (Brown Girl Dreaming, Harbor Me, Each Kindness, and more) is the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature and winner of many awards including the 2014 National Book Award and the Coretta Scott King Award.
  • Tanner Colby’s book, Some of My Best Friends Are Black, The Strange Story of Integration in America was nominated for the 2013 Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Non-fiction. He has been working with Race Project KC since its inception and his book is an important part of the students’ education about the history of race in Kansas City, and in America, since the Civil Rights Movement.

Session Registration
Please register for sessions you would like to attend by Sunday, April 21 and avoid signing up for the same session twice in a row. If you are not registered on that date, you will be randomly assigned workshops for the day. (So pick them yourself and have way more fun!)

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Deth Im

Rev Deth Im is Director of Training for Faith in Action, a network that supports faith-based community organizing which enables people of faith to build power to reshape their lives and their communities. Faith in Action believes in the power of people to transform systems (people, institutions and our larger culture) to create more just and equitable communities by fostering a multi-racial, multi-ethnic, multi-faith collaborative movement.
As Director of Training, Deth catalyzes the process by which people learn the art and craft of organizing. He has been a primary leader in Faith in Action's racial equity work by developing a holistic understanding of the different dimensions of exclusion and how that intersects with the latest research in implicit and explicit bias. He seeks to identify and implement strategies that deconstruct racism to foster organizational culture which prompt people and teams to thrive. Prior to community organizing, Deth was the executive pastor at Jacob’s Well Church, a nondenominational, evangelical congregation in Kansas City. He was also the Director of Quality and Performance Improvement for YouthNet of Greater Kansas City. He has worked in the nonprofit sector in the fields of youth development, diversity training and multicultural communities for the last 27 years.
With a BA in Political Science and an MA in Theology, Deth’s professional experience has centered on organizational development, large and small group facilitation, instructional design, curriculum development, performance improvement strategies, engaging urban social systems and seeking justice through a multicultural lens.
Deth’s greatest joy in life is being a present and nurturing dad to his three daughters, Imani, Verena and Kairos.

My Speakers Sessions

Thursday, April 25

9:30am CDT

10:30am CDT