Diversity in the 21st Century
an Integrated Approach
Thursday, September 8, 2016
Tim Wise is among the most prominent anti-racist writers and educators in the United States. He has spent the past 20 years speaking to audiences in all 50 states, on over 1000 college and high school campuses, at hundreds of professional and academic conferences, and to community groups across the country.
He has also lectured internationally, in Canada and Bermuda, and has trained corporate, government, entertainment, media, law enforcement, military, and medical industry professionals on methods for dismantling racism in their institutions. Wise has provided anti-racism training to educators and administrators nationwide.
Wise is the author of seven books, including his latest, Under the Affluence: Shaming the Poor, Praising the Rich and Sacrificing the Future of America (City Lights Books). Other books include Dear White America: Letter to a New Minority (City Lights Books); his highly acclaimed memoir, White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son (recently updated and re-released by Soft Skull Press); Affirmative Action: Racial Preference in Black and White; Speaking Treason Fluently: Anti-Racist Reflections From an Angry White Male; Between Barack and a Hard Place: Racism and White Denial in the Age of Obama; and Colorblind: The Rise of Post-Racial Politics and the Retreat from Racial Equity.
Named one of “25 Visionaries Who are Changing Your World,” by Utne Reader, Wise has contributed chapters or essays to over 25 additional books and his writings are taught in colleges and universities across the nation. His essays have appeared on Alternet, Salon, Huffington Post, Counterpunch, The Root, Black Commentator, BK Nation and Z Magazine among other popular, professional and scholarly journals.
From 1999-2003, Wise was an advisor to the Fisk University Race Relations Institute, in Nashville, and in the early ’90s he was Youth Coordinator and Associate Director of the Louisiana Coalition Against Racism and Nazism: the largest of the many groups organized for the purpose of defeating neo-Nazi political candidate, David Duke.
Wise has been featured in several documentaries, including the 2013 Media Education Foundation release, “White Like Me: Race, Racism and White Privilege in America.” The film, which he co-wrote and co-produced, has been called “A phenomenal educational tool in the struggle against racism,” and “One of the best films made on the unfinished quest for racial justice,” by Eduardo Bonilla-Silva of Duke University, and Robert Jensen of the University of Texas, respectively. He also appeared alongside legendary scholar and activist, Angela Davis, in the 2011 documentary, “Vocabulary of Change.” In this public dialogue between the two activists, Davis and Wise discussed the connections between issues of race, class, gender, sexuality and militarism, as well as inter-generational movement building and the prospects for social change.
Wise appears regularly on CNN and MSNBC to discuss race issues and was featured in a 2007 segment on 20/20. He graduated from Tulane University in 1990 and received antiracism training from the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond, in New Orleans.
From MTV and BET to the historic Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Yewande’s socially charged music has taken center stage with the likes of the Black Eyed Peas, Maroon 5, Sean Paul and India Arie, but it is her work as an award-winning lecturer, activist and honorary U. S. Cultural Ambassador that has become perhaps her greatest achievement. This 2015 TED speaker, 2014 and 2013 CNN Hero Award nominee has dedicated most of her life to confronting some of the world’s greatest socio-economic challenges. Since 2004, her capacity building company, the Global Institute for Diversity and Change has trained college students and academic professionals alike how to create inclusive communities that are free of conflict, fear or shame. When she isn’t lecturing on college campuses, Yewande produces humanitarian initiatives committed to restoring the voices of thousands that have been silenced by poverty and oppression. Through a combination of music, education and sustainable skills, her humanitarian organization, Change Rocks Foundation, has empowered more than 250,000 vulnerable youth, trafficking survivors and advocates with critical life skills in 12 countries from Europe to Africa and the Americas.
Ms. Austin is currently a Diversity Lecturer-in-Residence at Virginia Commonwealth University (the first in the institution’s 177-year history), where she trains health science students how to become equitable healthcare practitioners. This past summer, she traveled across America and Nigeria to work with human trafficking survivors and Boko Haram conflict refugees. This inspiring work will be captured in a documentary called “Amazing Grace: Freedom’s Song” (directed by award-winning filmmakers the Horne Brothers). 631 days after extremist group Boko Haram kidnapped nearly 300 girls in Chibok, Nigeria, “Amazing Grace” will explore what has become known as the most notorious trafficking case in the world while lifting the veil on this $32 billion global industry. Can trafficking be eradicated in two countries bound by a 400 year long history of slavery? She’s willing to risk it all to find out. It is this inspiring dedication to humanity that has sparked a movement heard across the globe.
Overcoming adversity and turning obstacles into stepping stones is the expertise of author, motivational speaker and philanthropist Yannik McKie. Yannik suffered the heartbreak of his parents’ marriage splitting up at the age of 11, only to learn that both mom and dad were HIV positive. By the age of 16, Yannik lost both of his parents to this deadly disease. Overcoming such adversity has earned him his reputation as an expert on using your life’s challenges to maximize your God-given potential.
Yannik’s amazing life story of turning adversity into purpose has been featured on numerous media outlets including The New York Daily News, Charisma Magazine, Good Day Atlanta and the Huffington Post. The feature-length documentary titled after Yannik’s book “Living in the Shadows” will be completed and available for worldwide distribution very soon. Yannik’s diverse life experiences make him a highly sought-after speaker for universities, businesses and nonprofit organizations. Yannik is also the co-host for Shout 94.7’s Rated “R” Radio show (the “R” stands for Righteous) and the founder and executive director of the McKie Foundation, through which he donates his time and resources to at-risk youth.
Yannik has a degree in marketing from Georgia Southern University and is currently pursuing his master’s degree in Christian Ministries at Liberty University. Yannik is currently serving as the youth and young adult minister at Strong Tower Christian Fellowship and is the proud husband to his beautiful wife Linda and the loving father to Jahlyn and Elyse McKie.