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None of us identify as racists, but we all have some form of implicit bias it’s important to be aware of. And to make meaningful change, we must also recognize systemic racism in our society and institutions, which will enable all of us to contribute to the process of dismantling it.

Join us for this stimulating, in-person conversation when Dr. Draper shares some history of racism, what it means to be “woke” and how we can all work toward a more welcoming and inclusive society for everyone, regardless of their race or gender. 


5:30 Check-In & Networking

6:00 – 7:00 Presentation

7:00 – 7:30 Q&A & Networking 



Roni Jo Draper HeadshotRoni Jo Draper, Ph.D. (Yurok | she.her) is a member of the Yurok tribe, from the village of Weitchpec on the Klamath River. A graduate of University of Nevada, Reno, Roni has worked to help educators create classrooms that allow all children to thrive and have access to liberative knowledge.

Roni recently retired from Brigham Young University where she was a professor of teacher education and global women’s studies. She is currently working on a film about Yurok fire and land stewardship practices. She has served on the founding board of PFLAG Provo/Utah County and is currently serving as the Past President of the ACLU of Utah.

Her experience as a queer Yurok woman has influenced her work as a teacher, scholar, artist, and activist.

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