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The People's Gathering: Diversity Events  

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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.

Pacific Lutheran University offers two professional/personal development learning experience and networking opportunity designed to move the (often-dreaded) “Race Conversation” forward:

The People’s Gathering: Fall Convening

The Fall Convening continues the work of the annual The People's Gathering: A Revolution in Consciousness Conference, providing additional opportunities for professionals to engage in frank and open dialogue about race and racial disparities. Open to previous conference attendees and those new to The People's Gathering, the Fall Convening is a smaller experience focused on a specific topic. Attendees will dive deeply into that topic for several hours, leaving with new knowledge and action items they can implement immediately.

The topic and format for each Fall Convening will vary. In November 2019, the topic was "Racially-Savvy Leadership," delivered in partnership with Chuck Shelton and Philip Jacobs from Greatheart Consulting:

The People’s Gathering: A Revolution of Consciousness Conference!
Fall 2020 | 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. | $225* (breakfast & lunch incl)

This one-day 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. A key aspect of the conference is the Race Dialogue Groups, in which participants have an opportunity to learn, discuss, and receive support that is specific to their lived experience.

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.

For an expanded description of the conference an its components, please visit

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.

We are happy to provide accommodations to attendees in a variety of ways, including ASL interpretation, lactation space, multi-faith prayer space, dietary accommodations, and others. Please contact as early as possible and no later than three weeks prior to the event to request accommodations.

Registration & Discount Notes

*Several discounts are available for the spring conference:

  • Group of 5 or more: $202.50 (per person)
  • Students: $125

**The Student rate for the Fall Convening is $50 with the code "Fall-Stu". PLU staff, faculty, and alums can receive a 20% discount on the Fall Convening.

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

Refund Policies

This course operates by the General CE Refund Policies.


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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