Event Info

Thurs, Apr. 6, 2017
Fri, Apr. 7, 2017

Cost: Free for all attendees

Sheraton Springfield
Monarch Place Hotel
Springfield, MA (

Contact Us

Questions about the 2017 Fair Housing and Civil Rights Conference?

Please contact H. Harrison the Conference Coordinator at:
(413) 238-1222

Call for Workshops!

The focus of FHCRC2017 is on formulating action plans to effectuate change on a local and national scale, including innovative policies, programs, practices, success stories, or developing issues from across the entire spectrum of civil rights hot topics. This is a fabulous opportunity to share your program developments and new ideas with this conference community of over 550 multidisciplinary professionals who, like you, are working to improve and protect the rights of Americans.

About the Conference

The Fair Housing and Civil Rights Conference is a free two-day symposium featuring workshops, panel discussions, networking and career development opportunities, all led by distinguished civil rights activists, government officials, world-class trainers, and non-profit organizations.

Attend workshops, panel discussions, and meet leaders from Federal and state agencies and organizations from across the Northeast, including: The EEOC, HUD, DOJ, FBI, MCAD, MA AGO, MA Office on Disability (MOD), New England Human Rights Commissions, Massachusetts Association of Community Development Corporations (MACDC), Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders (GLAD), Associated Industries of Massachusetts (AIM), The Kellogg Foundation, The Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice, Western New England University (WNE), and more.

Talk with speakers, attend book signings, meet dynamic practitioners and network with other attendees who are working to promote equality and fairness nationwide.

Plenary Sessions

The State of Civil Rights


The plenary panel, taking place during the Dr. Joseph McNeil Luncheon on Thursday, April 6, is an opportunity to hear from national civil rights leaders from different arenas discuss the state of Civil Rights — both locally and nationally — and debate the challenges that organizations, agencies, and the general public face daily, as well as how we can better effectuate change working together in our communities.

Plan of Action


The closing plenary on Friday, April 7th, will explore the various efforts made to heal racism in America, while also addressing structural and institutional discrimination that pervades this country. Attendees will hear from organizations that are pivotal in fighting inequality on the local, state, and national levels, as well as from individuals who are making meaningful progress in ending discrimination and exclusion-fuel inequalities.

Featured Speakers

Tim Wise 
Tim Wise
Tim Wise is among the nation’s most prominent antiracist essayists and educators. He has spent the past 25 years speaking to audiences in all 50 states, on over 1000 college and high school campuses, at hundreds of professional and academic conferences, and to community groups across the nation. He has also lectured internationally in Canada and Bermuda, and has trained corporate, government, law enforcement and medical industry professionals on methods for dismantling racism in their institutions.

Wise is the author of seven books, including his highly-acclaimed memoir, White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son, as well as Dear White America: Letter to a New Minority, and his latest, Under the Affluence: Shaming the Poor, Praising the Rich and Sacrificing the Future of America. He has contributed chapters or essays to over 25 additional books and his writings are taught in colleges and universities across the nation. His essays have appeared on Alternet, Salon, Huffington Post, Counterpunch, The Root, Black Commentator, BK Nation and Z Magazine among others.

Wise has been featured in several documentaries, including “White Like Me: Race, Racism and White Privilege in America.” He also appeared in the 2011 documentary, “Vocabulary of Change.”
Dr. Gail Christopher 
Dr. Gail Christopher
Dr. Gail Christopher is senior advisor and vice president at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. In this role, she leads the foundation’s Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation (TRHT) enterprise and serves on the president’s cabinet that provides overall direction and leadership for the foundation. Since joining the foundation in 2007, Gail has served as vice president for program strategy with responsibility for multiple areas of programming, including Racial Equity; Food, Health & Well-Being; Community Engagement and Leadership; as well as place-based programming in New Orleans and New Mexico.

Gail is a nationally recognized leader in health policy, with particular expertise and experience in the issues related to social determinants of health, health inequities and public policy issues of concern to our nation’s future. Her distinguished career and contributions to public service were honored in 1996 when she was elected as a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. In 2011 she was awarded the “Change Agent Award” by the Schott Foundation for Public Education; in 2012 she was the recipient of the Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs (AMCHP) John C. MacQueen Lecture Award for her innovation and leadership in the field of maternal and child health. Most recently in 2015 she was the recipient of the Terrance Keenan award for Grantmakers in Health. She is chair of the board of the Trust for America’s Health.
Jamie R. Williamson 
Jamie R. Williamson
Jamie R. Williamson is Chairwoman of the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD). Appointed in 2014 as the Chair by Governor Deval L. Patrick, Ms. Williamson has served as a Commissioner since 2010 and sits in the Springfield office. Prior to joining the MCAD, she was Executive Director of the Massachusetts Fair Housing Center, a private non‐profit fair housing organization serving central and western Massachusetts. In 2005, Ms. Williamson was appointed by the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts to serve on the Access to Justice Commission. In 1995, Williamson became the first African American woman to serve on the Pittsfield City Council, and the first African‐American to serve at‐large. Ms. Williamson has lectured and conducted seminars on fair housing and civil rights enforcement to public and private housing organizations, various associations in the housing industry, service organizations, real estate professionals, attorneys, and government agencies throughout New England and as a guest lecturer at UMass Amherst and Smith College. Williamson graduated from Smith College in Northampton, MA with a Bachelor’s degree in Government.
More coming soon… 

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Who Should Attend?

The Conference is designed for federal and private sector EEO managers, supervisors, practitioners, HR professionals, attorneys and ADR specialists, civil rights leaders, government employees, fair housing specialists, and the public at large who are seeking resources and best practices to help ensure that you are up to date on civil rights hot topics, and your agency, company, client or rental property complies with local and federal employment and fair housing laws and regulations.
Mass Fair Housing Center
Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities
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South Coast Fair Housing
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