The City's Office of Equity & Human Rights is offering an online training for area businesses and organizations. There is no charge to participate in this virtual event.

The #RealTalk #RealSolutions program will be presented by Dr. Eddie Moore, Jr. and Dr. Marguerite W. Penick-Parks. The virtual event will begin at 1 p.m. on Thursday, April 29, 2021, and is scheduled to end at 4 p.m. 

How do you have the tough conversations during difficult times? This interactive, informational, challenging, and energetic session examines and explores issues related to having difficult conversations with students, colleagues, and community members about racism, gender pronouns, microaggressions, whiteness, white supremacy, anti-Asian violence, Black Lives Matter, and more. Participants will leave with the skills and knowledge necessary to begin addressing these difficult issues and having #RealTalk about #RealIssues while focusing on #RealSolutions.

About the speakers 

Dr. Eddie Moore, Jr. has pursued and achieved success in academia, business, diversity, leadership and community service. In 1996, he started America & MOORE, LLC to provide comprehensive diversity, privilege, and leadership training/workshops. Dr. Moore is recognized as one of the nation’s top speakers and educators. Dr. Moore is the Founder/Program Director for the White Privilege Conference (WPC). In 2014, Dr. Moore founded The Privilege Institute (TPI) which engages people in research, education, action, and leadership through workshops, conferences, publications, strategic partnerships, and relationships.

Dr. Marguerite W. Penick-Parks received her PhD from the University of Iowa in Curriculum and Instruction. She was a high school teacher in an urban school in Kansas City, KS. She currently serves as Chair of Educational Leadership and Policy at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. Her work centers on issues of power, privilege, and oppression in relationship to issues of curriculum, with a special emphasis on the incorporation of quality literature in K-12 classrooms. Penick-Parks appears in the movie “Mirrors of Privilege: Making Whiteness Visible” by the World Trust Organization.

How to register

The training is limited to 95 participants, so please sign up early to reserve your spot in this event. Duplicate registrations will be deleted to afford this opportunity to as many participants as possible.

Those interested can register here Meeting ID 921 8838 5241


If you will need disability-related accommodations in order to participate in this event, please contact Equity Director Stefanie Bowers at 319-356-5022 or Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time to meet your access needs.

Date of publication

Friday, April 09, 2021