7:30 AM - 8:45 AM

Breakfast & Registration

9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Plenary: Activating Systems Change through Systems Leadership

Systems change is an aspirational goal - but how can we achieve it? In this powerful dialogue with systems leader, we'll learn about the complexities and challenges those in positions of power face on the road to catalyzing change.

Dr. Paul Pitre Dr. Paul Pitre
Deeann Puffert Deeann Puffert
Angela Jones Angela Jones
Jennifer Blatz Jennifer Blatz
10:45 AM - 12:15 PM

Trust, Transparency and Transformation: The Future of Data for Systems Change

A conversation between strategic thinkers and leaders in Tacoma bridging data, community leadership and systems change. Learn where our institutions have advanced in using data to drive racial and economic equity over the last decade, what our greatest hurdles have been, and where we see the greatest opportunities for collaboration and systems change.

Josh Stovall Josh Stovall
Tanisha Jumper Tanisha Jumper
Devin Rydel Kelly Devin Rydel Kelly
10:45 AM - 12:15 PM

Advancing Education Equity through Community Advocacy

Without community voice and leadership, how do we know that policymaking will lead to equitable outcomes for students and families, and around the issues that matter most to the people most affected? Join this discussion about the necessity, and the challenge, of creating truly community-driven system change, from the local context to statewide. Featuring organizers, community partners, and staff at Stand, an advocacy organization dedicated to education equity and racial justice.

Virginia Barry Virginia Barry
Kia Franklin Kia Franklin
10:45 AM - 12:15 PM

Shifting the Conversation around Postsecondary Pathways

Palmer Scholars has intentionally re-envisioned its programs, moving beyond helping participants choose the “right fit college” to helping them choose the “right fit career path.” In doing so, they are challenging the false narrative that a four-year degree is the only path to success. Presenters will discuss key aspects of their programs, share successes and lessons learned, and challenge attendees to grapple with some of the tough questions that informed their renewed service strategy.

Christina Rupp Christina Rupp
Jonathan Jackson Jonathan Jackson
10:45 AM - 12:15 PM

Community Change Through Community Engagement

Now that the Graduate Tacoma 2030 community goal has been established, the Foundation for Tacoma Students is revisiting its strategic plan and functional role to help our community achieve its goal. Join us for a focus group facilitated by the Athena Group to lend your voice and input into the Foundation’s strategic planning process.

Lauri Valenta Lauri Valenta
Anthony Campbell Anthony Campbell
12:30 PM - 2:15 PM

Keynote: Malcolm Mitchell

Author and former NFL player, Malcolm has published children’s books, created a youth literacy initiative called Read with Malcolm, and established Share the Magic Foundation to transform lives through literacy. Malcolm will deliver a keynote presentation with Q&A panel discussion to follow.

2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Addressing Gun Violence: Guiding Principles for Systems Change

An overview of research on the consistent relationships between extreme inequality, concentrated disadvantage, community-level traumatic stress and gun violence. Discover six evidence-based principles for youth gun violence intervention and prevention.

Randy Myers Randy Myers
Janelle Hawes Janelle Hawes
Jeff W. Cohen Jeff W. Cohen
Kenneth Cruz Kenneth Cruz
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Advancing Opportunities through Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships are an important pathway for Tacoma youth to family sustaining wages, but there has not always been equitable access to these pathways. Join us for a conversation about how to make sure apprenticeships are more widely available to all youth in the decade ahead.

Sarah Detweiler Sarah Detweiler
Jeremy Clevenger Jeremy Clevenger
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Addressing COVIDs Impact on Postsecondary Enrollment

Postsecondary enrollment has seen an alarming steep decline as a result of COVID-19. Together, we will examine how the pandemic affected students locally and nationally and what we can do to address the impact.

Isaac Kwakye Isaac Kwakye
Heather Hudson Heather Hudson
4:15 PM - 5:00 PM

Racial Affinity Caucusing

A space for individuals linked by racial identities to share their knowledge and to come to common understandings about their experiences in a multiracial world.

5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Tacoma Art Museum


Sip and celebrate Tacoma Art Museum's latest exhibit, GATHER: 27 years of Hilltop Artists.

7:30 AM - 8:30 AM


8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Panel: The Role of Social Capital in Opportunities for Youth

A facilitated panel discussion exploring the relationship between youth leadership development and social capital.

Dionte Simon Dionte Simon
Zanobea Webster Zanobea Webster
Antonio McLemore Antonio McLemore
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Welcome to the Work: Collective Action 101

This interactive session will be a 101 overview of Collective Action and the five Collective Action Networks (CANs) that make up the Graduate Tacoma Movement. The goals and strategies of each network will be shared, along with data and indicators used to track the work. There will be a break-out time for participants to dive deeper into the work of the networks, ask questions, and connect with other partners. This session is designed for participants who are new to the work of Collective Action, interested in joining a CAN, or just curious and want to learn more about how the work of these networks fits into the larger cradle to career continuum and systems change goals and outcomes.

Leandra Shelton Leandra Shelton
Wendy Holcomb Wendy Holcomb
Chanel Hall Chanel Hall
Ben Mitchell Ben Mitchell
Rosie Ayala Rosie Ayala
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Fostering Peace through Racial Truth and Reconciliation

A session meant to inspire in real and raw conversation with equity thought leader, activist, humanitarian and Tacoma’s Peace Queen, Melannie Denise Cunningham. Melannie will share wisdom with participants through storytelling and film on how to facilitate change in their jobs, community and society by charting an intentional path to liberation while staying true to self in the process.

Melannie Denise Cunningham Melannie Denise Cunningham
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Trauma-informed Diversity and Inclusion

Using SAMHSA'S trauma informed approach framework this session will develop a working concept of trauma, trauma informed approach (TIA) and where Diversity Equity and Inclusion (DEI) fits in this approach. This session will also explore how to apply TIA to your work in your communities. This session will be interactive using discussion prompts as well as using scenarios to apply this framework to your community and your work at all levels. When we come from a place of understanding trauma and its effects we can then create change.

Dianna Sullivan Dianna Sullivan
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

From Insight to Action: Pierce County State of the Children

Since 2019, Washington STEM has heard from our partners that while much of their work engaging historically underserved students had been successful, access and opportunity to high-quality early learning experiences remained a serious issue. In this roundtable discussion, we call on you to support efforts to learn and reflect stories and data from families, providers, and communities about their needs and strengths, and to ensure that we collect and analyze data with communities.

Dr. Soleil Boyd Dr. Soleil Boyd
Dr. Min Hwangbo Dr. Min Hwangbo
11:15 AM - 12:15 PM

Bridging to Bright Futures: What’s Next for High School Seniors

What’s Next connects multiple community partners directly with Tacoma School District seniors navigating their post-secondary pathway of choice. Explore how to optimize and prioritize data collection in relation to immediate service to students, ultimately bridging the gaps between institutions, community-based organizations, and the students themselves.

Hannah Hibbs Hannah Hibbs
Elvin Bucu Elvin Bucu
11:15 AM - 12:15 PM

Beyond Youth Voice - Youth Led Organizing

Youth share how working across organizations strengthens their leadership and activism, and how the demand on youth to make change causes burnout. Learn the best practices to end the tokenization and exploitation of "youth voice," and how you can support authentic youth leadership and power.

Tracy Castro-Gill Tracy Castro-Gill
11:15 AM - 12:15 PM

Our Voice is Powerful!

Advocacy creates an essential opportunity to elevate community voice and is a vital tool in producing impactful legislation that addresses critical needs. Utilizing effective methods for advocacy ensures that voices of community are reflected in policy. Our representative democracy, as well as meaningful legislation, relies on pivotal voice to elevate solutions for historically disenfranchised communities, ensure protection for rights, and prosper into a better and brighter future.

Senator T'wina Nobles Senator T'wina Nobles
11:15 AM - 12:15 PM

Building Trust and Achieving Impact: A Framework for Equitable Funding

Learn about the best funding practices to support achieving impact and fostering strong working partnerships. Discover the challenges with prevailing funding models, and unpack practices that can help funders and fundees do their work in the best possible way.

Ben Mitchell Ben Mitchell
12:30 PM - 1:45 PM

Keynote: DeRay Mckesson

Civil Rights Activist, DeRay Mckesson, has advocated for children, youth, and families since he was a teen. As a leading voice in the Black Lives Matter Movement and a co-founder of Campaign Zero, DeRay has worked to connect individuals with knowledge and tools and provide commonsense policies that ensure equity.

1:45 PM - 2:45 PM

Closing Award Ceremony

One community organization will be awarded the first Graduate Tacoma Community Impact Award.