Kalamazoo's Summit On Racism
Kalamazoo’s Summit on Racism is aimed at dismantling institutional racism in the Kalamazoo area. It gives the community an opportunity to address racial justice issues and come together for a common purpose. Participants seek to raise the community’s racial and ethnic awareness and improve race relations. The Summit operates with the understanding that racism is a national problem. This acknowledgment of racism and its affects allows the city to have an open dialogue regarding race, and to work on creating solutions. This willingness to challenge racism on behalf of the city and its citizens contributes to the Summit on Racism’s success. The Summit is both an annual day-long event and the year-long efforts of three Initiatives, Employment, Housing and Education, which work on creating ways to reduce or eliminate racism in their subject area.
Summit on Racism Preamble (PDF 45KB)
Summit on Racism History: 2004-2008 (PDF 68KB)
Summit on Racism Initiatives
Questions? Contact Program Area Supervisor: Racial Justice at (269) 345-5595 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and/or to RSVP.
Kalamazoo's Summit on Racism sustaining sponsors:
2012 Summit on Racism
Annual Community Conference
Date: Friday, September 28th
Time: 8:30 am- 4:30 pm
Location: Fetzer Center
Western Michigan University
Betty Ramirez Swinners is the Owner/Chief Executive Officer of Diversity Speakers, a company established to promote minority public speakers and trainers to ensure diversity. She specializes in the development and evaluation of national and grassroots programs, diversity campaigns, coalition building, and diversity related trainings and ethnic specific issues.
Betty is a motivational speaker who has dedicated her life to sharing her story of survival and success. As a survivor of abuse, she was homeless as a child living in an abandoned house but did allow this adversity to stop her from becoming a success.
She has developed presentations, workshops and keynote addresses targeted toward leadership and improving understanding of the cultural differences of Hispanics, African Americans, Native Americans and other ethnicities.
Betty has been recognized as One of Texas’ most influential women by Texas Hispanic Magazine and was the first recipient of the Anna Maria Arias Memorial Business Fund Award from the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. She is a member of the National Association of Executive Women, American Association of University Women, League of United Latin American Citizens, the NAACP and the National Urban League.
“If you believe, you will achieve. It does not matter where you come from, what matters is where you are going.”
- Betty Ramirez Swinners
• Education, Employment and Housing Initiative Reports
• 2012-2013 Work Plan