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
Georgian Room [See Conference Floor Map]


Welcome Plenary: What is Inclusion and Why Does it Matter?
Georgian Room

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.

  • Robin Hambleton, PhD, Professor of City Leadership, University of West England; Author, Leading the Inclusive City. Place-based innovation for a bounded planet (2015)
  • Maitreyi Bordia Das, PhD, Lead Social Development Specialist, World Bank
  • Ray Offenheiser, President, Oxfam America
  • Moderator William E. Kiernan, Ph.D. Dean School for Global Inclusion and Social Development
9:45am-10:00am Welcome to Building Inclusive Communities
Chancellor J. Keith Motley, Ph.D
10:00-10:15am Break

Concurrent  Sessions

Taking action: Engaging excluded populations in research
Newbury Room

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
Stuart Room

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?

  • Bill Henderson, Ed.D, Retired Principal, Dr. William Henderson Inclusion Elementary School, Boston, MA
  • Angi Stone-MacDonald, PhD, Assistant Professor, College of Education and Human Development, University of Massachusetts Boston
  • Maryam Jaffar Ismail, PhD, Dean Of School Of Education (SUZA), State University of Zanzibar

100 Million Healthier Lives: Inclusive approach to improve health, well being and equity
Whittier Room

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
Whinthrop Room

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
St. James Room

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.

  • Klare Shaw, Director of Programs, Liberty Mutual Foundation
  • Jeff Bellows, VP Corporate Citizenship, Blue Cross Blue Shield Massachusetts
  • Mike Scannell, Senior Vice President, State Street Foundation

Building Inclusive 21st Century Systems of Child Development and Education
Tremont Room

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.

  • Paul Reville, Francis Keppel Professor of Practice of Educational Policy and Administration, Harvard University
11:30am-11:45am Break

BIC Talks 
Georgian Room

  • Introduction Elizabeth Zwick, Ruderman Foundation
  • Reverend Jeffery Brown, Twelfth Baptist Church
    • Rebuilding Every Community Around Peace
  • Rachel Lloyd Girls Educational and Mentoring Service (GEMS)
    • Domestic Human Trafficking
  • Marian Brown, Arts Connect International
    • Shades of Inclusion

Lunch – Plenary: A Message from the Resilient Cities: Building Back our Neighborhoods 
Georgian Room

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.”

  • Moderator Marcus James, Big City FM 101.3
  • Atyia Martin, Boston Chief Resilience Officer

Concurrent Sessions

Holding Power: Understanding and Preventing School Exclusion
Tremont Room

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.

  • Tara M. Brown, EdD. Assistant Professor, University of Maryland
  • Jesus Santos, Co-Research, Action Research into School Exclusion (ARISE)
  • Kim Kretzer, Special Education Teacher Paulo Freire Social Justice Charter School in Holyoke, MA

Health as a Human Right: Lessons from Around the World
Newbury Room

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]

  • Chioma Nnaji Program Director Africans For Improved Access - Sub-Saharan African Program. Multicultural AIDS Coalition
  • Dabney Evans, PhD, Executive Director of the Institute of Human Rights, Emory University
  • Shelley White, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Sociology, and Program Director of the Master of Public Health at Simmons College
  • Moderator: Sindiso Mnisi Weeks, PhD, Assistant Professor, School for Global Inclusion and Social Development, University of Massachusetts Boston

Refugees and Nationals Learning Together: Fostering community and school integration toward better outcomes for all
Stuart Room

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.

  • Sarah Dryden-Peterson, PhD, Assistant Professor, Harvard University
  • Jacques Bwira, Founder Kampala Urban Refugee Children's Education Centre

The Power of Community in Addressing Human Trafficking
St. James Room

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.

  • Rachel Lloyd, Founder and CEO Girls Educational and Mentoring Services (GEMS)

Conditions of workplace inclusion from an environmental and individual perspective
Winthrop Room

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.

  • Wojciech Otrębski, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Institute of Psychology - John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, Poland
    • Co-authors Dariusz Jabłoński, Jolanta Mogielnicka, Karolina Mrozek, Agnieszka Śpiewak - John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, Poland
  • Karolina Wałachowska, Ph.D. Candidate, John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, Poland
    • Co-authors Emilia Mielniczuk, Ewelina Purc, Wiktor Razmus, Mariola Laguna- John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, Poland
  • Adam Żaliński, Ph.D. Candidate, John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, Poland
    • Co-authors Mariola Laguna, Wiktor Razmus - John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, Poland

The Balancing Act: Strategic Philanthropy
Whittier Room

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.

  • Angela Brown, Director of Programs, Hyams Foundation  Session Material  Hyams-Who we are [PDF]
  • Leslie Pine, Co-Managing Partner, The Philanthropic Initiative (TPI)
  • Jennifer Aronson, Senior Director, Boston Foundation
3:30pm-3:40pm Break

Film Screening - The Last Taboo
Georgian Room

Screening of the documentary The Last Taboo, a look at sexuality and disability. Q&A with filmmaker Alex Freeman.  Watch  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
7:30am-8:30am Continental Breakfast
Georgian Room

Plenary: Getting Economic Inequality out of the Equation
Georgian Room

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.

  • Edvaldo Morata, Eneas Alternative Investments, Perlmutter Institute for Global Business Leadership / Brandeis International Business School
  • Navjeet K. Bal , Vice President and General Council, Social Finance
  • Andy Kalambi CEO of Dassault Systèmes' ENOVIA brand  Session Material  How much inequality in income is fair? A microeconomic game theoretic perspective [PDF]
  • Moderator: Barry White, former U.S. Ambassador to Norway 
10:00am-10:20am BIC Talks
Georgian Room
  • Ev Evnen Senior Data Nerd and Partner at MaeBright Group, LLC
    • Why Inclusion Is Not Enough
  • Sister Lena Deevy
    • Migrants Rights
10:20am-10:40am Break

Concurrent Sessions

Universal Design for Learning and the Future of Inclusive Education
Tremont Room

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.

  • David Rose, PhD, Chief Education Officer, CAST
  • Kirsten Behling, President, New England Association of Higher Education and Disabilities

Health equity roundtable: Our differences shouldn’t mean a difference in care
Newbury Room

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.

  • Sheila Davis, DNP, ANP-BC, FAAN, Chief Nursing Officer, Partners In Health
  • Pat Daoust, RN, MSN, FAAN, Director of Nursing for Global Health, Massachusetts General Hospital  Session Material  Global Health [PPTX]
  • Co-moderator: Courtenay Sprague, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Conflict Resolution, Human Security, and Global Governance, McCormack Graduate School and College of Nursing and Health Sciences, University of Massachusetts Boston
  • Co-moderator: Jean Edward, PhD, RN, CHPE, Assistant Professor, College of Nursing and Health Sciences, University of Massachusetts Boston

Inclusive Development: Social movements and persistent inequalities in Ecuador
St. James Room

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.

  • Kade Finnoff, PhD, Assistant Professor of Economics, College of Liberal Arts, University of Massachusetts Boston
  • Valerie Karr, PhD, Assistant Professor of International Development, School for Global Inclusion and Social Development, University of Massachusetts Boston
  • Stephen Meyers, PhD, Assistant Professor, Law, Societies, and Justice Program, Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington
  • Callie Brusegaard, PhD Student, School for Global Inclusion and Social Development

Philanthropy and Community Collaboration: Working Together to Fund Change
Whittier Room

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
Stuart Room

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]

  • Ester Shapiro, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychology, University of Massachusetts Boston
  • Shirley Tang, PhD, Associate Professor of Asian American Studies, University of Massachusetts Boston
  • Yvette Modestin, MA, Director, Encuentro Diaspora Afro
  • Tariana V. Little, MS, EmVision Productions & UMass Boston Transnational Cultural & Community Studies (TCCS) Program
  • Tri V. Quach, BA, Program Coordinator, UMass Boston Asian American Studies and TCCS

Lunch and Building Inclusive Community Toolkit Activity
Georgian Room

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

2:15pm-2:30pm Break

Concurrent Sessions

What’s in a word? The power of story-telling and oral history as research approaches
Tremont Room

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.

  • Shirley Tang, PhD, Associate Professor of Asian American Studies, University of Massachusetts Boston
  • Allison Myers, Southern Region Program Director, StoryCenter

Transdisciplinary Research in Practice: Oyster Visions and Ecologies of Urban Engagement
Whittier Room

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.

  • Alicia Carroll,M.Ed., Director of Science, Engineering and Technology, East Boston Early Education Center, Boston Public Schools
  • Anamarija Frankić, PhD, Director, Green Harbors Project and Adjunct Professor, University of Split, Croatia
  • Alex Hartley, M.Ed., co-founder, and volunteer, Boston Public Schools
  • Carla Johnson, Kindergarten paraprofessional, Pauline Agassiz Shaw School, Boston Public Schools
  • Peter Nien-chu Kiang, EdD, Professor and Director of Asian American Studies Program, University of Massachusetts Boston

The role of where we live on how we live: Building sustainable, inclusive communities
Newbury Room

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
lessons on how to create inclusive communities. Professor Dugan will present a local case study of the Massachusetts Healthy Aging Data Report project and highlight how communities shape healthy aging. A
consideration of how the places we are creating influence life chances and outcomes for different groups in society will guide the discussion.

  • Robin Hambleton, Professor of City Leadership, University of West England; Author, Leading the Inclusive City. Place-based innovation for a bounded planet (2015)  Session Material  Successful place-based leadership [PPTX]
  • Beth Dugan, PhD, Associate Professor, University of Massachusetts Boston and Massachusetts Healthy Aging Alliance  Session Material  Making healthy aging a priority in Massachusetts [PPTX]

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.
St. James Room

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.

  • Tamar Kotelchuck, Director, Working Cities Initiative, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
  • Melissa Walsh, Director of Community Engagement and Chelsea Thrives

All About our Youth: Impacting economic opportunity for our next generation
Stuart Room

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.

  • Dorothy Stoneman, PhD, Founder. YouthBuild
  • Tim Cross, President YouthBuild International
  • Lashon Amado YouthBuild participant

Looking forward: Shaping the Future of Inclusion
Georgian Room

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. 

  • Senator Tom Harkin