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Want to deepen your understanding of diversity and inclusion (D&I) work and its intersectionality with social justice?

Join us for a weekend of engagement at the Common Ground Institute on Jan. 15 – 17 at Frost Valley YMCA. This inaugural three-day community-building retreat, sponsored in part by L’Oreal USA, is design to support the personal and professional development of individuals who are leading diversity and social-justice initiatives. It will provide a safe space for courageous conversations to build leadership capacity and to work together. On this Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend, rejuvenate your mental and physical selves to return to work with a greater capacity to lead change with new skills, techniques, and strategies.

To register, please click here. Space is limited.


“The power of change lies within our ability to fully understand who we are and the role we play in dismantling and/or sustaining oppression in our society. It is embracing our individual and collective responsibility that will unite us and break down barriers that divide us,” says American Conference on Diversity President & CEO Elizabeth Williams-Riley.


Who Should Attend Corporate D&I officers, employee-resource group and diversity council leaders, educators, nonprofit professionals, grad students, faith leaders, and HR recruiters


  • Leading & Engaging in Courageous Conversations
  • Being a Stronger Ally and Effective Agent of Change
  • Networking & Alliance Building
  • Implicit Bias and Unconscious Privilege
  • Intersectionality of Systemic and Institutional Inequities
  • Barriers and Bridges to Sustaining Inclusive Organizations
  • Where History Meets the Future of Social Justice

Where Frost Valley YMCA, 2000 Frost Valley Rd, Claryville, NY 12725

Fee Students ($350), nonprofits ($500), and corporate attendees ($750). Registration fee includes lodging for two nights, all meals, snacks, and program materials. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. Contact


>> Julman Tolentino , a social justice worker, educator, c​ounselor, and program developer whose work is grounded in liberation sociology.

>> Bari Katz, American Conference on Diversity Youth and Collegiate Services Director.

>> Elizabeth Williams-Riley, American Conference on Diversity President & CEO.

About the American Conference on Diversity

The American Conference on Diversity was founded in 1948 as the National Conference of Christians and Jews. Today the programs, services, and initiatives of the American Conference on Diversity are among the most important work focused on creating a more inclusive society. It is the unfinished business of living in a highly diverse nation: educating and empowering our next generation of leaders; enhancing our workplaces; and helping to create inclusive communities. The American Conference on Diversity builds on a historic mission and creates programs and activities relevant and vital to 21st Century life. It is a journey we can all take together. The American Conference on Diversity operates Regional Community Networks covering all of New Jersey. Visit to learn more.


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