Beyond Diversity: Deinstitutionalizing Racism and Eliminating Racial Achievement Disparities

July 16-17, 2020 | 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Beyond Diversity is a powerful, personal transforming two-day seminar designed to help administrators, staff, and stakeholders understand the impact of race on our lives, our work, and our learning. We cannot solve the problems created by racism without discussing race, and Beyond Diversity with a 25-year history and over 100,000 alumni, imparts a method for having a Courageous Conversation.

Attendees will:

  • Participate in interactive and stirring exercises designed to strengthen their critical consciousness of race;
  • Investigate the role that racism plays in deinstitutionalizing achievement disparities; and
  • Learn how to use a protocol for discussing race in ways that are productive, insightful and generative.


Courtlandt Butts

Courtlandt Butts serves as equity program manager – government & NGO for Pacific Educational Group, an organization founded by Glenn E. Singleton that is committed to achieving racial equity in education. Butts served as president of the Minority Graduate Student Association at University of Northern Iowa where he involved himself in community and family initiatives aimed at promoting student achievement. He went on to become an assistant professor in the Education Department at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia, with special emphasis on urban education within a conceptual framework that promoted advocacy, culturally responsive pedagogy, professional teaching and dispositions. Prior to joining Pacific Educational in 2007, Butts worked as a district administrator for Eden Prairie Schools in suburban Minneapolis, MN.