Under the Public Will and Communication Subcommittee, Race Matters for Juvenile Justice puts on a regional conference every other year.

On October 21, 2015, RMJJ held its first full-day conference at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, Charlotte, NC, with the theme of “The Science of Fairness: Exploring Implicit Bias.” Three hundred and thirty-four individuals representing various institutions including: The Mecklenburg County Department of Social Services, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, Mecklenburg County Courts, The Council for Children Rights, Guardian-ad-Litem and University of North Carolina Charlotte and leaders from throughout the region, attended.

These conference participants gained:

  • A clear definition of implicit bias and an understanding of its impact on racial, social and economic disparities;
  • Awareness of disparities and disproportionalities within and across systems including child welfare, education, and criminal justice;
  • Increased cultural competency through an understanding of implicit bias;
  • Tools to assess their organizations and systems as well as techniques for interrupting implicit bias;
  • Knowledge of the work of Race Matters for Juvenile Justice both locally and as it relates to national priorities;
  • Opportunity to build inter-agency collaboration and shared responsibility for addressing disproportionalities and disparity.

Hidden in Plain Sight: Exposing the Cost of Racism

RMJJ Community Conference * Monday, October 30, 2017 * 8:00-4:30pm

RMJJ’s 2nd Community Conference, Hidden in Plain Sight: Exposing the Costs of Racism, will convene dynamic leaders across systems to discuss the overt and covert costs of racism within our Community and to collaborate to provide viable strategies for change.

The conference will include presenters from Arts & Science Council, Carolinas HealthCare System, Charlotte Police Department, Council for Children’s Rights, Levine Museum of the New South, Mecklenburg County Department of Social Services, Novant Health, NAACP, UNC-Charlotte, and WBTV.