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Call for Papers: The 5th World Conference on Remedies to Racial and Ethnic Economic Inequality

September 26-29, 2018
Federal University of Espírito Santo (UFES), Vitória, Espírito Santo, Brazil
The conference will be conducted in English and Portuguese.

Registration is Open

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Deadline for submission of abstracts for paper presentations has been extended to May 15, 2018.

Travel scholarships will be awarded by the Wilkins Center for the best submissions from junior scholars whose proposed papers address one or more of the key themes of the conference. Travel scholarships include roundtrip coach travel from cities served by Delta Airlines and its partners to Rio de Janeiro or Sao Paolo. Successful recipients of the travel scholarships are responsible for: accommodations in Vitoria ($40-$90 a night), transit from Rio or Sao Paolo to Vitoria (about $99 RT) and registration fees ($400).

The Roy Wilkins Center for Human Relations and Social Justice is proud to partner with Universidade Federal do Espírito Santo for the 5th World Conference on Remedies to Racial and Ethnic Economic Inequality. Scholars, policy analysts, researchers, and practitioners worldwide will have the chance to participate in a broad and deliberate discussion on actions plans for equitable change across sectors.

In recent decades, Brazilian social movements have denounced the racial inequalities to which people of color are subjected, proposing the need for intervention in alleviating discriminatory practices.

This conference proposes to bring together community members across sectors, as well as professional researchers in public and private education networks to strategically plan effective intervention methods. The conference hopes to collect experiences ranging from difficulties in ethnic-racial relations to involvement in collective social problems to lead to more fruitful exchange and intervention in these issues.

Subtopics that embrace the conference theme

  • Longer term consequences of persistent poverty and inequality in access to quality health care among low-income, racial and ethnic minority group members.
  • Comparative analysis of the effectiveness of alternative policy interventions designed to reduce racial and ethnic economic inequality 
  • Problems of political corruption and uneven development.
  • Causes and consequences of inequalities in access to health care and alternative health care delivery systems.
  • Racial identity and the evolution of policies in higher education, public employment, and government contracting and procurement.
  • Innovative policies designed to remedy racial and ethnic economic inequality: baby bonds, universal employment, guaranteed minimum income plans.

For questions related to the conference, please email rwilkins@umn.edu

Collaborating Partners

Professor Patricia Gomes Rufino Andrade, Coordinator: Center of Afro-Brazilian Studies at the Universidade Federal do Espírito Santo
Mr. Gilberto Batista Campos, President, Elimu Institute Prof. Cleber Maciel
William A. Darity, Jr., Samuel DuBois Cook Professor of Public Policy, African American Studies, and Economics, Duke University and Director Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity
Dr. Aissa Afonso Guimarães, Professor, Universidade Federal do Espírito Santo
Judge LaJune Lange, President, International Leadership Institute, Minneapolis
Professor Samuel Myers, Chair, Roy Wilkins Center for Human Relations and Social Justice, University of Minnesota
Dr. Osvaldo Martins Oliveira, Professor, Universidade Federal do Espírito Santo
Kolawole S. Okuyemi, MD, MPH, Chair, University of Utah Department of Family and Preventive Medicine
Dr. Shailendra Prasad, MD, MPH, Executive Director, Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility, University of Minnesota
Mr. Robert Scarlett, Secretary, Brazil-Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, Minnesota
Dr. Thiago Trinidade, Brazilian Society of Family Medicine and Community Health
Antonia Wilcoxon, Community Relations Director, Minnesota Department of Human Services

Date, Location, Travel Information

Date: September 26-29, 2018

Location: The conference will be held in Vitória, Espírito Santo, a small and vibrant city in southeastern Brazil. The conference will take place at The Vitória Conference Center, with some sessions on the campus of the Federal University of Espírito Santo (UFES), the conference's co-host.

Vitoria Conference Center (in Portuguese)
UFES

Travel: Attendees and delegations will be responsible for their own airfare. It is advised to connect roundtrip through Rio de Janeiro (GIG) or São Paolo (GRU). Domestic carriers Azul Airlines, Avianca, and LATAM Brazil offer daily trips to Vitória (VIX). 

Vitória is the capital city of Espírito Santo state in southeast Brazil. It's known for sandy beaches like Camburi and Curva da Jurema. The city center features the 20th-century Metropolitan Cathedral, with stained-glass windows. Nearby, the decaying Santa Luzia Chapel dates back to the 16th century. By the Santa Maria River is the grand Anchieta Palace, home to the state government.

Vitória, Espírito Santo Travel Guide

Accommodations

Attendees are encouraged to book rooms at the Vitória Sheraton hotel, as well as the Golden Tulip Porto Vitória. Group rates are currently under negotiation.

Cost

Individual registration is available for $400 per person. Airfare and local accommodations will be the responsibility of attendees. Ground transportation among the conference venues will be provided. Fees include breakfasts, luncheons, and breakout sessions.

A limited number of travel scholarships will be available to junior scholars, young activists and community organizers, and those from developing countries. Scholarship applications will be available beginning March 1, 2018.

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Note the following discount codes, which can be used at the time of registration: 

APPAM-Mexico waives the late fee. Registration remains at $400 for persons with this code.

ASPA waives the deadline for submission of abstracts and also waives late fees. 

Post-Conference Tours

Tentative Tour Schedule

Monday, September 24

Half Day Tour:
> Option 1: The Unknown History of Vitória's Downtown
4 hours; US$ 34 per person; Group min.: 10
Vitória's picturesque downtown is an an important historical landmark in the colonization by Portuguese settlers. This tour will aim to emphasize the experience of Brazilian communities of color by encompassing monuments related to the slave trade, including locations of Dutch colonial and local resistance. It will end in Piedade, one of the oldest samba schools in Vitória.

This is a walking tour, so please be sure you are willing and able to engage in light exercise.

> Option 2: The Bucolic Jucu Beach
4 hours; US$ 67 per person; Group min.: 10
Among Barrão and Shell's beach, you'll find several surfers and bodyboarders enjoying the waves that break on Barra do Jucu's sands. Here locals live as a diverse community economically integrated around cultural landmarks. Enjoy this windy and warm shore and nearby local small businesses selling refreshments and snacks. 

Night Tour:
> Tropical Night Out
4 hours; US$ 75 per person; Group min.: 10
Feel the sweet grooves that echo throughout Vitória after the sun goes down. The tour will gather in a classic local watering hole, have a few Caipirinhas and bounce to popular Brazilian beats. Appetizers and 2 drinks are included. 

Tuesday, September 25

One Day Tour:
> Economic Development Tour
4 hours; US$ 74 per person; Group min.: 10
This one-day tour will include visits to four different black-owned small businesses and cooperatives, in accordance with the theme of the 5th World Conference on Remedies to Racial and Ethnic Economic Inequality. Lunch is included. 

Night Tour:
> Tropical Night Out
4 hours; US$ 75 per person; Group min.: 10
Feel the sweet grooves that echo throughout Vitória after the sun goes down. The tour will gather in a classic local watering hole, have a few Caipirinhas and bounce to popular Brazilian beats. Appetizers and 2 drinks are included. 

Sunday, September 30

Half Day Tour:
> The Fisherman's Hideout
4 hours; US$ 67 per person; Group min.: 10
Come and feel the tropical breeze at the Manguinhos shore! This pastoral cove, occupied by a fishing village for centuries, was erected by locals searching peace far from the urban pace. With this tour, you'll be able to spend a few relaxing hours by the calm waters of Manguinhos beach. Appetizers and 1 drink are included. 

One Day Tour: 
> Quilombo Tour
9 hours; US$ 94 per person; Group min.: 10
‘Quilombos’ are territories historically occupied by former slaves and their descendants. In this historical excursion to their homeland, experience one corner of Afro-Brazilian heritage and their contemporary way of life, shaped by the history of cooperatives and integration with the land. A visit to two quilombo communities and lunch is included. 

Monday, October 1

One Day Tour:
> Social Development Tour
9 hours; US$ 74 per person; Group min.: 10
This one-day tour will take you to four different institutions working cooperatively with Afro-Brazilian cultural centers to reinstate and rejuvenate public engagement with Afro-Brazilian culture. Familiarize yourself with public institutions and non-governmental organizations working to overcome historical injustices. This tour includes lunch.   

Important Dates

Deadline for submission of abstracts: May 15

Notifications: June 15

Submitting Your Paper

In your submission please include the following: (1) abstract and (2) five keys words used to describe your paper topic.

Submit your paper online using Qualtrics

Wilkins Community Fellows Scholarships

The Roy Wilkins Center will provide six travel scholarships to Wilkins Community Fellows and four to City of Minneapolis leaders to attend the 5th World Conference on Remedies to Racial and Ethnic Economic Inequality at the Federal University of Espírito Santo (UFES), Vitória, Espírito Santo, Brazil from September 26 - 29, 2018.

Scholarship Covers

Airfare
Hotel accommodations
Ground transportation among the conference venues
Conference breakfasts, luncheons, and breakout sessions

Scholarship Does Not Include

Visa costs, travel, health, or security insurance
Tours or any other activity outside the conference
Conference registration fee

Key Dates

April 15 – Deadline to submit scholarship applications
May 15 – Notifications
Summer 2018 – Language workshops and meetings prior to the 5th World Conference
Sept 26-29 – 5th World Conference, Vitória, Espírito Santo, Brazil
November 2018 – “State of the Community,” Minneapolis

Document Requirements

Updated resume
Statement of interest. How will your attendance to the 5th World Conference impact your work with the community and your organization? (5,000 characters)
Letter of recommendation

Selected Participants Will be Required To

Attend pre-conference workshops
Payment of individual registration fees (by June 15, 2018)
Present a paper at the “State of the Community” conference (November 2018, location TBD)

Read Complete Information About the 5th World Conference

For more information about the scholarships please contact Blanca Monter at monte064@umn.edu

Submit Your Application

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