Sixth World Conference on Remedies to Racial and Social Inequality

6th world conference on remedies to racial and social inequity. Cape Town, South Africa, on September 3-5, 2024
Roy Wilkins Center for Human Relations and Social Justice
Humphrey School of Public Affairs

217 Humphrey School
301 19th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55455
United States

The Sixth World Conference on Remedies to Racial and Social Inequality will convene academic, policy, and community leaders from South Africa, North and South America, Asia, Africa, and Europe to share their insights and experience battling inequality. We will formulate practical and innovative solutions to eliminating racial and social inequality.

Issues to be tackled:

  • Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on economic, educational, medical and social disparities facing racial/ethnic minorities and people of color
  • Structural poverty and access to health care, education, and employment
  • Gender inequality
  • Energy, the environment, and climate change 
  • Food and water insecurity
  • Social isolation and digital oppression
  • Democracy and racism

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About the Organizers

The Sixth World Conference will be jointly hosted by the Roy Wilkins Center (Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota), and the Faculty of Economics & Management Sciences, University of the Western Cape.

Roy Wilkins Center for Human Relations and Social Justice

Building on the legacy of American civil rights leader Roy Wilkins, the Wilkins Center is dedicated to finding solutions to racial and ethnic inequality through an integrated model of research, dialogue, and community partnerships. Through its integrated model, the center guides and empowers policymakers, nonprofit leaders, and community leaders to develop and promote solutions to the problems of racism and racial and ethnic inequality locally, nationally, and globally.

Phone: +1 (612) 625-9821
Email: [email protected]
Web: hhh.umn.edu/centers/rwc

Economics & Management Sciences Faculty

Economics & Management Sciences (EMS)  is the largest Faculty at the University of the Western Cape which is well-known for its role in the struggle against apartheid and its continued fight against oppression, discrimination and disadvantage in modern day South Africa. EMS continues to play its part by leveraging the academic project to bear influence on the social, economic, political and technological development of society through teaching, learning and critical scholarship. In this regard it focuses its effort on several niches including Citizenship and Democracy, Land, and Entrepreneurship.

Phone: +27 (021) 959 3163
Email: [email protected]
Web: https://www.uwc.ac.za/study/faculties-and-programmes/faculty-of-economic-and-management-sciences/overview
UWC conference website: https://www.uwc.ac.za/news-and-announcements/announcements/sixth-world-conference-on-remedies-to-racial-and-social-inequality

Previous World Conferences

The World Conferences on Remedies to Racial & Social Inequality bring together a blend of academics, policy makers, foundation and nonprofit executives, business leaders, and community activists to consider the latest research and efforts to eradicate racism and discrimination while sharing and crafting solutions that can be applied in various geographic and organizational contexts.

Previous World Conferences have been held in:

  • Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States (1996, 2012)
  • Adelaide, Australia (1998)
  • Durban, South Africa (2001)
  • Vitória, Brazil (2018)
various photos from previous world conferences

International Advisory Board

  • Dr. Ryan Allen, University of Minnesota
  • Rev. Alfred Babington-Johnson, Stairstep Foundation
  • Dr. RaJade Berry-James, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Dr. Brandi Blessett, University of Minnesota
  • Dr. Karen Brown, University of Minnesota
  • Dr. Kyle Farmbry, Guilford College
  • Dr. Monica Garcia-Perez, St. Cloud State University
  • Dr. Susan Gooden, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Judge LaJune Thomas Lange, LaJune Thomas Lange International Leadership Institute
  • Dr. Samuel Myers, University of Minnesota
  • Dr. Nicole Norfles, Council for Opportunity in Education
  • Dr. Shaun Pather, University of Western Cape
  • Robyne Robinson, Entrepreneur and Journalist
  • Dr. Gregory Ruiters, University of Western Cape
  • Patricia Gomes Rufino Andrade, Federal Espirito Santo University
  • Hon. Sharon Sayles Belton, Thomson Reuters
  • Dr. Anesh Singh, University of Western Cape
  • Dr. John Stanfield, II, Advanced Study of African Renaissance Policies Ideas
  • Dr. Antonia Apolinario Wilcoxon, Equity Strategies, LLC
  • Dr. Michelle Esau (ex-officio), University of Western Cape

Academic Steering Committee

  • Dr. Greg Ruiters (chair), University of the Western Cape
  • Rev. Dr. John Stanfield II, ASARPIversity
  • Dr. Patrick Bond, University of Johannesburg
  • Dr. Monieba Isaacs, University of the Western Cape
  • Dr. Fundiswa Khaile, University of the Western Cape
  • Zelda Holtsman, Tshisimani Centre for Activist Education
  • Lindokuhle Mandyoli, University of the Western Cape,
  • Dr. Samuel Myers, University of Minnesota
  • Dr. Kyle Farmbry, Guilford College
  • Dr. Monica García-Pérez, St. Cloud State University
  • Dr. Patricia Gomes Rufino Andrade, Federal University of Espírito Santo
  • Dr. Susan Gooden, Virginia Commonwealth University

Registration

Register for the Sixth World Conference on Remedies to Racial and Social Inequality.

Pricing information:

  • Early Bird - $400.00
  • Regular (May 1-August 1) - $575.00
  • Late (after August 1) - $695.00
  • Virtual - $80

Student rates:

  • Early Bird - $200
  • Regular (after May 1) - $280 
     

The World Conference International Advisory Board acknowledges the differences in the economic realities of attendees from the Global North and Global South. Delegates representing the Global South, click here for conference registration at approximately 3,000 South African Rand (ZAR). All purchases will be processed in USD.

If you encounter any issues in registration, please contact our planning team at [email protected].

Travel and Accommodations in Cape Town

Hotels

Conference participants joining us in person are free to book their favourite hotels. If you are unfamiliar with Cape Town, here are a few suggestions:

  • Hotel Verde 
    Hotel Verde at Cape Town Airport is just 10 minutes from the UWC campus and offers a 100% offset carbon-neutral stay, modern and stylish guest rooms, versatile conference and events facilities and a natural, green setting just 400m from Cape Town International Airport. Having won multiple sustainability awards and retaining the title of Africa’s Greenest Hotel, Hotel Verde's design has sustainability at its core. Not only is the building sustainable, but green principles, processes and measures ensure all operations are eco-friendly and are continually assessed for improvement.
  • The Westin Cape Town
    Memorable experiences await at The Westin Cape Town, a centrally located 5 star hotel. Enjoy exclusive rooms with unique views over the V&A Waterfront, Table Mountain and the whole of Table Bay. The Westin offers 483 guest rooms and suites and the latest amenities for guests’ total comfort and rejuvenation. The Heavenly Beds ensure a sound slumber for a restorative and productive stay. It offers some of the largest and sophisticated hotel conference and banqueting facilities in the city, as well as a connection to the CTICC. The hotel’s personalized services make it effortless to provide a memorable experience for every guest. The culinary diversity will also delight with a selection of elegant restaurants and bars.
  • Protea Hotel Durbanville
    Perched amongst the Durbanville Wine Route’s lush vineyards, this hotel is centrally located and ideal for business trips, groups or a relaxed leisure stay. Protea Hotel Cape Town Durbanville is surrounded by D’Aria Wine Estate’s award-winning vineyards on one of the Cape’s oldest farms. The hotel has all the essentials for a comfortable, efficient and non-fuss trip and a few extras that really add that special something to guests’ stays. Think winelands decor, unwinding at the vibey bar lounge, relaxing by the poolside or nestling up next to the fireplace. It’s a hotel that complements your travel style. A work and play hotel, the layout makes all facilities easily accessible while still providing privacy and silence when guests want to recharge after a busy day. Protea Hotel Cape Town Durbanville offers a complete business, group or leisure travel package at very affordable prices.

Travel Agencies

If you need assistance with booking travel or would like to organise a pre- or post-conference tour or cultural experience, please contact one of our preferred travel agents and tour service providers below:

  • XL Millenium Travel
    Email: [email protected]
    Business Hours Tel: 021 590 7900
    After hours Tel: 0829720735

If you are interested in tour experiences, please review this site.

Frequently Asked Questions

As presenters have begun to make their plans for the conference, they have posed a number of questions about travel and their presentations that we want to answer for all presenters.

Please contact us at [email protected], if you have additional questions.
 

  1. Have the hotel blocks/rates been identified? We need to know the costs of lodging to plan/budget, and also secure external funding.

    We have identified three hotels for the conference: Hotel Verde, Protea Hotel Durbanville, and Westin Cape Town.  We are working with our partners in South Africa to secure a conference rate for at least one hotel and will let you know as soon as it is available.

    The current pre-discount rates at these three official conference hotels are:

    A. Hotel Verde, a sustainable hotel about 15 minutes by car to campus and adjacent to the airport: $151.07 for a one night stay, and $604.26 for a four night stay*

    B. Protea Hotel Durbanville (Marriott Chain), north of the city and campus, is about 20 minutes from campus by car: $72.97 for a one night stay, and 291.86 for a four night stay.

    C. Westin Cape Town, on the waterfront and adjacent to the Cape Town International Convention Center, about 25 minutes from campus: $451.30 for a one night stay, and $1713.34 for a four night stay.

    Shuttle Buses between the Westin and UWC campus will be provided.

    Note: Attendees who decide to stay at a beachfront hotel can take an Uber to the Convention Center and take the conference shuttle to campus.

    Shuttle buses will be available between each hotel and campus.

    Visit the Travel and Accommodations in Cape Town section of the conference website to learn more.

    * These rates are from each hotel’s website on May 3, 2024 and are subject to change. They reflect a one night stay on September 2 and a four-night stay from September 2 to September 6.  The exchange rate used is $1 US = 18.51 South African Rand. Different hotel rates may be available from sites such as Expedia, Travelocity, or Booking.com.
     

  2. To help with air travel reservations, when will the conference begin on September 3 and conclude on September 5?

    The conference will open on the morning of September 3 at 9:00 am.  Formal panels and sessions end each day by 6:15 pm. 
     

  3. Exactly what do the panel and paper presenters need to submit by July 15? Is it a formal article/paper required for the panel, or are you just expecting outline, PPT slides, handouts, etc.?

    Formal papers are not required.  We understand that while many of our presenters will be discussing their recent research and will have papers, others, particularly those from the nonprofit sector, will be using PowerPoint slides, handouts, or similar materials to discuss their work. Please submit whatever materials you will be using or discussing during your presentation.

    We are requesting these materials in advance of the conference so that we

    A. Have a complete set of conference materials, to back up our presenters in case of an unexpected event

    B. Can develop an understanding of all the work to be discussed as well consider publishing opportunities for the conference 
     

  4. Are the panels required to identify and bring in their own moderator? Will the conference organizers help with identifying moderators? 

    A. For those panel presenters who have already identified a moderator, move forward with that person. Please send us that person’s name, title, and email, if you did not previously include them in your proposal.

    B. If you submitted a panel but did not include a moderator in your proposal and do not have a moderator in mind, please let us know so we can work with you to identify a moderator.

    C. For those presenters who submitted a paper or similar proposal, we will be developing your panel of speakers as well as the moderator.  Over the summer, we will inform you about your fellow presenters and moderator.
     

  5. What format should we prepare for (such as how much time will we have to present)?

    Some panels will reflect academic discussions similar to those that occur frequently at conferences, while others will be more reflective of a workshop, open dialogue, or other format.  Therefore, there are three types of sessions at the conference:

    A. Plenary Sessions (60 minutes) seating 175 to 380 participants in theater-style lecture halls.

    B. Concurrent sessions, organized in a more intimate setting with extensive audio-visual equipment suited for hybrid panels, are classroom layout.  Concurrent panels – organized according to the themes of the conference -- will be 75 minutes long.

    If you submitted a panel, design your session to reflect your preferred program design and plans for your session.

    C. Workshops and training sessions will vary in length and setup of tables/chairs.  Workshop leaders should contact us a [email protected] immediately to indicate their layout and timing preferences.
     

  6. We would like to project PowerPoint slides during our session.  Will our presentation room have a screen and projector?

    Yes, the buildings at the University of the Western Cape are very well-equipped electronically, with most rooms fully set up to accommodate audio and video needs.
     

  7. Conference costs are steep. Are there any discounts for presenters and students, or other financial support?

    We are very aware and sensitive of the cost to travel to South Africa, and appreciate your willingness to make the trip.

    We have set a student rate for registration, and we offered an early registration rate for other participants.

    One option is to secure an Academic Sponsorship from your institution.  Academic Sponsorships cost $2500 and provide up to 8 complementary registrations and tickets to the optional pre-conference reception and closing gala.

    As we learn about other discounts and similar opportunities, we will share them on the conference website.