With sessions addressing social inclusion from a variety of angles, you'll get a detailed, nuanced view of how issues of exclusion play out today. Come add your voice to these essential conversations.
Two days filled with plenary sessions, breakout sessions, short "BIC talks," and plenty of time for discussion and networking. Focus on five themes (color coded throughout the agenda):
- Education: Exploring how can we work to close the education gap and improve opportunities for access and growth locally, nationally, and internationally.
- Health and Wellness: Discussing and forging inclusive policies and practices to promote health and human rights for excluded communities, and society as a whole.
- Research: Exploring transdisciplinary research methods to address complex issues, and the role of research in tackling inequities across populations and cultures, locally, nationally, and internationally.
- Funding: How to secure funding and develop diverse resource streams using sustainable and ethical approaches, to support the unique needs of your organization, its workforce, and communities served.
- Economic Opportunity: Exploring ways to provide excluded groups with the ability to gain control of resources and life choices in order to safely access health, wellness, and increased income, while also strengthening vulnerable groups' participation in decision-making.
Learn more about the Beacon for Global Inclusion Awards.
Any sessions materials that have been submitted can be found below.
|Thursday, December 3, 2015
Park Plaza Hotel
Registration and Continental Breakfast
Welcome Plenary: What is Inclusion and Why Does it Matter?
This welcoming plenary will set the stage for the conference by articulating what we mean by inclusion and what the key factors to considering in building inclusive communities. The speakers represent various perspectives on inclusion through an international lens to help us begin to think about these issues from a trans-disciplinary approach.
|9:45am-10:00am||Welcome to Building Inclusive Communities
Chancellor J. Keith Motley, Ph.D
Taking action: Engaging excluded populations in research
Four researchers present and discuss their participatory action research with individuals experiencing poverty and homelessness, immigrants, and youth and young adults who have been excluded from school. The presenters will discuss the benefits and challenges of conducting community research for both local and university-based researchers. Topics include gaining access to study settings and participants, methods training, working as a team, and ethical issues around working in and with marginalized communities.
Promoting Successful Inclusion: International Perspectives and participants Insights
Presenters will share examples of how schools in Tanzania, Boston, Kenya, and Brazil have addressed challenges related to inclusion. Participants will have the chance to discuss the following questions: What steps can pre-K–12 schools take to promote a culture of inclusion that fosters meaningful participation and successful performance? How can schools offer instruction that is tailored to individual needs and that engages students to work at high levels? What strategies can schools use to foster staff collaboration that leads to effective teaming, professional growth, and problem-solving?
100 Million Healthier Lives: Inclusive approach to improve health, well being and equity
The 100 Million Healthier Lives initiative is an unprecedented collaboration that is combining innovative improvements and systems transformation with the goal of 100 million people living healthier lives by 2020. This session will describe the initiative and the six core strategies for change, which include health care systems that are good at health and care; building bridges between communities and systems; creating health communities; promoting peer-to-peer support; creating new payment structures and policy changes that promote success; and developing new mindsets about partnership and collaboration.
Educational campaigns as a way to effective social inclusion
Societal relations that focus on individual differences can be a barrier to achieve effective social inclusion. Lack of knowledge and negative stereotypes are often a source of negative attitudes toward individuals from excluded populations. Comprehensive education can facilitate perception of similarities, especially when the differences are dominant. This session will address the following topics: Intellectuals, universities and inclusive education for a knowledgeable public and HR personnel attitudes on competitive employment for disabled job seekers.
Making inclusion work: The role of Corporate Social Responsibility in supporting community inclusion
Corporations represented by this panel are making a concerted effort to ensure that their businesses reflect the communities in which they are located and serve. This is done by reflecting the values of their employees in promoting diversity and aligning business goals with community goals. This session’s panelists will review the variety of approaches their corporations are using, such as focused volunteerism, effective outreach and partnerships with community organizations, grant making, and targeted efforts to employ people with disabilities.
Building Inclusive 21st Century Systems of Child Development and Education
This session will make the case for a radical redesign of our systems of child development and education so as to create the conditions for educating all, and all means all, students to high levels so that they are ready for success. The presentation will diagnose the shortcomings of the existing system of education and prescribe some design principles for a new set of integrated systems to support student success.
Lunch – Plenary: A Message from the Resilient Cities: Building Back our Neighborhoods
As cities throughout the world are dealing with trauma caused by national disaster as well as terrorism, the Rockefeller Foundation has created the 100 Resilient Cities initiative. Atyia Martin, Chief Resilience Officer for Boston, will discuss the initiative and how Boston is addressing social resilience since “those who suffer the most after disasters are those who suffer the most beforehand.”
Holding Power: Understanding and Preventing School Exclusion
This session will focus on two interconnected types of school exclusion: disciplinary exclusion (suspension and expulsion), and dropout/pushout, particularly in urban high schools. You'll learn about how and why these types of exclusion occur, what impact they have on students, and what school staff members and families can do to prevent them and to "recover" excluded students.
Health as a Human Right: Lessons from Around the World
Health is recognized as a human right in international law and global ethics. The right to health is also included in regional human rights treaties, the constitutions of the majority of countries in the world, and county and city initiatives to improve people’s health and well-being. This panel reviews instances in which the right to health has served as the framework for education, advocacy, organizing, mobilization, policy analysis, and litigation on health-related issues. Session Material Health as a Human Right Partners In Health [PPTX]
Refugees and Nationals Learning Together: Fostering community and school integration toward better outcomes for all
The average length of displacement for refugees globally is 17 years. Refugee children’s one shot at an education occurs in exile, and they need access to a complete education, preferably to be fully included in the national education system of the country of refuge. This session address the political and social challenges of this integration process, from the perspectives of policymakers, teachers, and children.
The Power of Community in Addressing Human Trafficking
Individuals excluded from their community are vulnerable to commercial sexual exploitation and human trafficking. Girls Educational and Mentoring Services (GEMS) empowers girls and young women to exit the commercial sex industry and develop to their full potential. This session will explore the issue of domestic trafficking and how we can work collaboratively to empower survivors while reducing the numbers of individuals who are exposed to this trauma and violence in the first place.
Conditions of workplace inclusion from an environmental and individual perspective
Successful workplace inclusion requires consideration of multiple factors on both environmental and individual levels. What works and what doesn't work will be discussed. Topics in the session will include: Organizational climate and job satisfaction of the employees with and without disability – the inclusion outcomes, innovation in organizations as remedy against social exclusion: European perspective and entrepreneurship as a form of labor market inclusion: the role of personal resources in entrepreneurial activities.
The Balancing Act: Strategic Philanthropy
Session speakers will share their perspectives on how they make strategic philanthropy decisions in addressing the opportunities for and needs of racially, ethnically, and economically diverse, excluded populations. The speakers represent two foundations and a philanthropic advisory firm that need to prioritize limited resources to address pressing needs while also ensuring that the support they provide has a lasting impact. Learn more about the priorities of the foundations as well as how to communicate with other foundations and funding sources on needs in your community.
Film Screening - The Last Taboo
|Thursday, December 3, 2015
Edward M. Kennedy Institute
|4:00pm - 5:30pm||Doors open at the Edward M Kennedy Institute for the Senate for guests to tour the facility.|
|5:30pm - 6:15pm||The 2nd annual Beacon for Global Inclusion awards officially begins. Attendees are welcome to network with other experts, community leaders, and advocates during a cocktail hour.|
|6:30pm - 7:15pm||UMass Boston Chancellor J. Keith Motley will present the Beacon for Global Inclusion Awards to Dorothy Stoneman, CEO of YouthBuild, and to Partners In Health. Both Stoneman and staff from Partners In Health will speak to the importance of inclusion and how their work has improved community inclusion.|
|7:30pm - 8:00pm||Participants can experience the Senate simulation, developed by SGISD Assistant Professor Valerie Karr and students, which focuses on the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.|
|Friday, December 4, 2015
Park Plaza Hotel
Plenary: Getting Economic Inequality out of the Equation
Income inequality has become more apparent as opportunities grow for those who are affluent and diminish for individuals with less resources. This inequality is a challenge across communities, but disproportionally impacts individuals from excluded populations. The speakers’ experiences in international business and financial will help inform the issue and consider what steps we can take in creating communities with more equality.
Universal Design for Learning and the Future of Inclusive Education
This session will introduce the principles and practices of Universal Design for Learning (UDL), a framework for educational reform that has now been codified in national legislation and adopted in many states and districts throughout the USA and more recently in many countries abroad. Advances in two interlocking fields are central to UDL: 1) the neuroscience of learning and individual differences, 2) modern technologies and the increasing adaptability for learning they provide. The result is schools that are better for everyone. Each university is different in its knowledge base, resources, and willingness to adopt the principles of UDL. This session will discuss best practices for successfully implementing universal design into higher education given those variables.
Health equity roundtable: Our differences shouldn’t mean a difference in care
The Health Equity Roundtable will engage core health inequity questions and themes. Presentation and discussion will focus on those policies and programs necessary to reduce socially-generated health inequities, nationally and globally. An expert panel of presenters including staff from Partners In Health will share their research and programming knowledge in these areas, creating a lively dialogue with attendees.
Inclusive Development: Social movements and persistent inequalities in Ecuador
This session will explore Ecuador's movement towards social inclusion through President Correa's vision for an equitable society. We will discuss the social movements of the indigenous Ecuadorians, Afro-Ecuadorians, and persons with disabilities, as well as the continuing inequalities that persist despite the inclusive laws created through the Good Living Plan. The presenters will also explore how to measure inclusive development and what the data in Ecuador is telling us about outcomes for marginalized populations.
Philanthropy and Community Collaboration: Working Together to Fund Change
Philanthropy is a powerful tool for problem-solving. But it is less effective without community involvement and support. In this session, experts from the world of philanthropy and community organizing will discuss the trends they see in funding projects that lead to social change. What are the best ways to involve the community in these development activities? What old models of philanthropy are falling by the wayside, and what new models are replacing them? And what does inclusive philanthropy look like?
Bridging alternative paths to health: Holistic measures that promote both culturally meaningful and equitable approaches to wellbeing
This experiential workshop will present our work on culture, health, wellbeing, and equity conducted with diverse students at UMass Boston and with community partners. We will explore cultural beliefs and practices as resources in promoting holistic, empowering, and inclusive pathways to health, educational success, and positive personal and shared development for marginalized and excluded groups. We will share strategies for engaging diverse communities in connecting to culturally grounded, holistic understandings of wellbeing, and to cultural resilience resources. Workshop participants will map their own cultural health resources, using key concepts in complementary and alternative medicine, traditional/indigenous and holistic health, and more. Session Material Bridging Alternative Paths to Health [DOC]
Lunch and Building Inclusive Community Toolkit Activity
How do you sustain the energy and excitement from what you have learned these two days? This luncheon session will include an interactive exercise to help you define some steps you want to take when you get back to your real world as well as orient you to an inclusive community toolkit that may help to implement these changes
What’s in a word? The power of story-telling and oral history as research approaches
This session focuses on storytelling as a strategy to effect change across local and global communities. Shirley Tang will share her work in digital storytelling in Asian American Studies as a long-term curricular commitment and complex pedagogical practice at a public research university. She will discuss themes that have emerged from an archive of digital stories co-produced by students to understand issues related to access, equity, persistence and graduation. Allison Myers of StoryCenter will discuss recent projects (U.S.-based and international) that highlight how the center supports researchers, educators, social justice organizers, and advocates in using first person narrative and participatory digital media production. The goal of Myers' work is to support opportunities for formerly excluded community voices to contribute to public health research and policy advocacy. Panelists will share examples of how the methodology has promoted social justice at individual, community, and policy levels.
Transdisciplinary Research in Practice: Oyster Visions and Ecologies of Urban Engagement
This panel highlights the richness, complexities, and possibilities of transdisciplinary, multi-generational research that integrates commitments to marine environmental sustainability, aquaculture, urban educational achievement, STEM pipeline diversification, neighborhood civic engagement, and cultural community development. This happens through a unique collaboration involving a kindergarten urban classroom, an ethnic studies undergraduate program, and a marine science biomimicry research center with a shared, place-based focus on the well-being, diversity, and resilience of Boston’s Savin Hill Cove, adjacent to the UMass Boston campus.
The role of where we live on how we live: Building sustainable, inclusive communities
The purpose of this session is to examine the importance of place in shaping life opportunities. Professor Hambleton will present an international perspective and, by drawing on examples of good city planning and physical environmental design, will identify leadership
Working Cities Challenge: Federal Reserve is leading this challenge to promote collaboration in select MA cities and towns to improve the lives of low-income individuals.
Boston Federal Reserve research showed that the variable that drove economic development in large post-industrial cities was the capacity of a city’s leaders to collaborate across sectors around a long term vision for their success. Through the Working Cities Challenge, the Fed has partnered with smaller cities in Massachusetts to create this collaborative, shared vision of systems change. This session will review the competitive process of selecting cities and the progress they have achieved in working toward a shared goal of improving lives of low-income residents.
All About our Youth: Impacting economic opportunity for our next generation
Hear how YouthBuild has impacted the lives of thousands of low-income young people, helping them gain control of their lives and become leaders in their communities. YouthBuild participants engage in supportive education programs and are paid to work in and re-build low-income communities through affordable housing. Since its founding, YouthBuild has expanded to 15 countries. YouthBuild International’s president will talk about its global impact, and what is next for its programming. We’ll also hear from a graduate of YouthBuild who is now a program associate, and who will share his first-hand account of the influence YouthBuild had in his life.
Looking forward: Shaping the Future of Inclusion
Throughout his career, Senator Tom Harkin has been a champion of inclusion. Hear his insights regarding the future of inclusion, how our communities become stronger by engaging all members, and how inclusion can grow through our collaborative efforts. Be part of the change we want to see as we move forward in building inclusive communities.