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A Daylong Conversation About Structural Racism and Implicit Bias

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Dr. Nicole King-Smith and Tessa LeSage

This weekend in downtown Fort Myers a group of 25 people from diverse backgrounds, life experiences, and races will come together for a daylong, intimate conversation about structural racism and implicit bias. The goal is to get people to be open and honest, and self reflective, when it comes to their own thoughts and actions in life.

It's being conducted by the FutureMaker Coalition's Equity Action Team, and is the first such event they’ve held since back in February, before the coronavirus came along. And it’s being held during the still-rising protest movement with daily protests still happening locally, across the country, and around the world. We’re joined by Tessa LeSage, Director of the FutureMakers Coalition and one of the facilitators at this weekend’s workshop; and Dr. Nicole King-Smith, is CEO & Chief Learning Officer at NK Enterprise Consulting and also a facilitator this weekend. Click HERE to register.

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Mike Kiniry is producer of Gulf Coast Live, and co-creator and host of the WGCU podcast Three Song Stories: Biography Through Music. He first joined the WGCU team in the summer of 2003 as an intern while studying Communication at Florida Gulf Coast University. 
Julie Glenn is the News Director and the host of Gulf Coast Live. She joined the WGCU team in November of 2016 to expand the Gulf Coast Live call-in radio show from once a week to five days a week.  Since then, the show has been recognized in state and regional competitions and has featured artists, political leaders, historians, environmental experts, doctors, local reporters, and national and international scholars. After leading the station's award-winning coverage of Hurricane Irma in September of 2017, Julie was named Interim News Director. In January of 2018, she launched WGCU's first podcast: Grape Minds.