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The People's Gathering Conference  

image with 'The People's Gathering' above a large group of drawn people & 'A Revolution of Consciousness!' below

How people talk (or don’t talk) about race in their workplaces and educational environments is a strong indicator on whether an organization has an inclusive culture. It’s high-stakes!

Intentionally preparing executives, managers, supervisors, administrators, faculty, students, and/or employees at all levels to engage in frank and, at most times difficult, conversations around diversity, equity, and inclusion matters is a strategic action towards mitigating risk, improving communication, and increasing productivity.

The People’s Gathering: A Revolution of Consciousness conference is a professional/personal development learning experience and networking opportunity designed to move the (often-dreaded) “Race Conversation” forward. The conference creates a supportive space in which participants engage in frank and open dialogue about race and racial disparities that are systemically present in work, school, and everyday life. They become more aware of how race shows up as structural barriers to realizing a diverse and inclusive environment and learn ways to navigate the sensitivity of it all by deepening personal understanding of the issues.

For an expanded description and information about the 2018 event, please visit

Conference Objectives

The conference is designed to provide participants with the knowledge, skills and tools necessary to:

  • Assess their current level of cultural competence (what knowledge, skills, and resources can you build on? Where are the gaps?)
  • Increase their awareness and understanding of the depth and breadth of institutional racism and its effect on organizational diversity, equity and inclusion goals.
  • Engage in effective community, school and workplace social justice dialogues.
  • Improve interpersonal savvy.
  • Build networks across culture, community and industry.

2019 Speakers Include

  • Dr. Kathy Obear
  • Complete speaker list to be announced by the end of 2018

Conference Details

  • Date
    • April 2, 2019 (8 a.m. – 5 p.m.)

  • Cost (breakfast and lunch included)
    • Individual rate: $225
    • Group of 5 or more: $202.50* (per person)
    • PLU students: $50*
    • Other college & university students: $125*

  • Location
    • Pacific Lutheran University, Anderson University Center

Who Should Enroll

Anyone interested in gaining vital skills for creating inclusive organizational cultures, in a unique and fun environment. Students and professionals from all industries and levels can benefit from this event.

Registration Notes

*Contact Continuing Education at or 253-535-7722 for discount codes before registering.

Registration opens January 2, 2019, on this page. A box will appear below with a button that says "Add to Cart." If registering another person or group of people, choose that option during registration and be sure to provide unique emails for every registrant to ensure they receive important information about parking, content, and more.

Refund Policies

This course operates by the General CE Refund Policies.


For more information, click the "Request Information" button above.


Contact Information
Center for Graduate and
Continuing Education

Phone: 253-535-7722

Center for Graduate and
Continuing Education
12180 Park Avenue S.
Tacoma, WA 98447