The rest of the day was filled with workshops on Implicit Bias, Curating and Healing the community, Cultural Connections and Academic Success, and Racial Hierarchies on college campuses. Each giving pertinent information and strategies to use when having conversations about racial inequity on college campuses, and how to be proactive in creating true transformation. Each providing a chance to have dialogue with my fellow conference attendees about the information shared with us. I was a wet sponge soaked with information. Later my UMBC family and I would get together and debrief about the day and start to put our Action Plan into motion. Sadly I would be leaving Sunday but my fellow co-worker and Operations and Development Manager, Marvin Roxas, would come on Sunday to take my place on the team.
By: Marvin Roxas
On Sunday I arrived at the Westin and met up with the UMBC team. I instantly started working on the TRHT Campus Center Action Plan that integrated the goals necessary to actualize the TRHT Campus Center's vision, action steps, intended outcomes, evaluation strategies, engagement plans, and sustainable visions concerning how to continue partnerships and projects. The team stayed up late on Sunday night in order to put together a usable action plan that would involve partnering with WombWork Productions, Inc. as a community partner alongside The Shriver Center, The Choice Program, and UMBC's student population.
Knowing that one of the weak points in smaller programs and organizations involves monitoring and evaluation, I attended the breakout Evaluation Presentation workshop by Jessica Estevez, Edwin Estevez, and Jim Zahniser. The presentation discussed how to qualify evaluative methods and distinguish between summative vs. formative evaluations. Throughout the day, I had the opportunity to network with other education facilitators scattered throughout the country who wanted to learn more about this work. I remember smiling during a conversation with a woman who very well have been describing their version of WombWork Productions, Inc. in her home state and a partnership with a local university.
Towards the end of my time at this conference, I discussed with Frank and the UMBC team of ways that we could help one another and grow together in a tangible community model that blends together the virtues, healing circles, theatre arts instruction, and racial/cultural healing.