Racial Justice Conference set for Jan. 25-26 at WSU

PULLMAN, Wash. — The Washington State University Racial Justice Conference will be Jan. 25-26 in WSU’s Compton Union Building. Focus of the conference is social transformation through fairness, respect, justice and inclusion.

The first event of the conference, on Jan. 25 at 6 p.m., is a banquet honoring winners of the Martin Luther King Jr. Art and Essay Contest.

On Jan. 26, the conference will run 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. At 10 a.m., social and economic philosopher Cornel West, a nationally recognized speaker on racism, will discuss “Racial Issues in America and on College Campuses.” He is an author and a member of the Harvard University faculty, teaching Afro-American Studies and Philosophy of Religion.

Recommendations gathered this fall during YWCA of WSU Diversity Dialogues with WSU students, faculty and staff members and community residents will be presented during the conference.

The fall dialogues — about equality, diversity, justice and other social issues — were held to help people overcome prejudice and fear. Dialogue sessions will continue after the conference.

Conference registration fees are $20 for non-students and $5 for students A registration fee waiver is available. The Jan. 25 banquet costs $15 per person and a Jan. 26 luncheon is $10. There is a Jan. 16 registration deadline.

The conference is sponsored by the YWCA and the WSU Women’s Resource Center, with support from the WSU President’s Office.

Call the YWCA, 335-3916, to sponsor a dialogue, make reservations and for more conference information.