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Kansas City Plaza
United States of America

This workshop explores subconscious assumptions about race in America and aspects that cause us to have various thoughts and feelings about “others” in our society. Operating in a safe environment, participants have the opportunity to learn (and unlearn) terms and concepts that fuel racism. We will discuss:

  • Guiding principles of equity
  • Conflated terms (diversity, inclusion, equity, etc.)
  • Racism, anti-racism and white supremacy
  • Resources for Black, Indigenous and People of Color – and their allies

The workshop will be led by Stephenie Smith and Rodney Smith, managing partners of Sophic Solutions, a Kansas-City based change management firm specializing in issues of diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging. Stephenie and Rodney have conducted programs for the City of Kansas City, the Kansas City Public Library, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, Non-Profit Connect, William Jewell College and many others.

This event is a launching pad for further conversation, education and actions, in alignment with the vision and mission of the Justice Committee.

The workshop, via Zoom, is limited to 60 participants. There is a $30/person fee for the event. Please RSVP to Nancy Shawver ( You can pay via check (made out to Kansas City Plaza Rotary, PO Box 30359, Kansas City, MO 64112) or Venmo to Aileen Murphy. Questions? Please contact Nancy.