St. Louis Racial Equity Summit Returns in 2023

The St. Louis Racial Equity Summit 2023, a gathering of advocates for equity, will take place on November 9–11. The Summit will return to an in-person format at the America’s Center with the option to attend virtually. Hundreds of participants are expected to engage in sessions designed to elevate, collaborate, and activate the people, practices, and resources necessary to achieve Racial Equity. The 2023 theme is, “Together We Rise: The Power of Community”.  The summit has three purposes: 

  1. Awareness of Inequity: To engage participants in building their awareness of systemic inequities that exist in the regions– from education to housing to healthcare and beyond.  
  2. Understanding of Why Inequity Exists: To help participants to gain an understanding of the systemic issues at hand and build a plan for how to address them, perhaps looking at successful tactics in St. Louis or other regions. 
  3. Transforming Towards Equity: To share ready-made + pressure-tested strategies for taking action. We will look to the leadership of local leaders of color to share actions that can be taken against structural inequities right now. 

Nikki Giovanni, renowned poet, will serve as the Summit’s keynote speaker. The Summit states that: “We are honored to have Nikki Giovanni join us at the 2023 St. Louis Racial Equity Summit, where she will undoubtedly captivate and inspire with her profound insights and powerful poetry. Let us come together and embrace the wisdom of this living legend as we strive for a more equitable future.” The 2023 schedule is available here. 

Session tracks include:

  • Programming designed to advance understanding of and implementation of racial equity capacity building
  • Youth-centered sessions that speak to racially equitable systems change and awareness.
  • And more!

Registration is now open. 

The St. Louis Community Foundation is proud to participate in the Summit Organizing Committee alongside representatives from Forward Through Ferguson, the Clark-Fox Policy Institute at Washington University in St. Louis, FOCUS St. Louis, Freedom Community Center, Gladiator Consulting, Invest STL, Key Strategic Group, A Red Circle, St. Louis Regional Health Commission, and United Way of Greater St. Louis. 

The St. Louis Racial Equity Summit is a component fund of the St. Louis Community Foundation.