Equity Challenge Community Conversations

As part of the 21 Week Equity Challenge, you will have access to local community conversations. These free virtual conversations are hosted by Watson Diversity Solutions and United Way of Central Illinois.

If you have yet to sign up for the challenge, please click here to sign up!

The mission of these conversations is to participate in an open and honest dialogue, with community members, for the express purpose of identifying, understanding and addressing how bias, prejudice, privilege, and racism has permeated our society in such a way that it shows up in our daily lives oftentimes unaware.

Our vision is by uniting our community in a collective capacity to identify and understand bias, prejudice, and racial privilege and inequities within institutions and systems; we will gain the individual and collective ability to not only openly acknowledge, address, and confront these inequities; but also the courage and power to make the necessary changes to alleviate them; thereby becoming a richer community for all.

Community Conversations Dates/ Times

Please sign up for each conversation you would like to join. After registering, you will receiving the log in information for the virtual event.

In order to participate in the community conversations, you will need to be signed up for the 21 Week Equity Challenge.

Weeks 10-12 Community Conversation Discussion

April 8, 2021

11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Weeks 13-15 Community Conversation Discussion

April 29, 2021

11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Weeks 16-21 Community Conversation Discussion

June 10, 2021

11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.


Dominic Watson

Dominic E. Watson is president of the Springfield Black Chamber of Commerce and labor lobbyist for the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME). In 2019, Watson founded Watson Diversity Solutions to further his goal of providing diverse alternatives to supporting community development and economic growth. Watson has spent more than a decade emphasizing the importance of revitalizing the community, through economic empowerment and civic engagement. What distinguishes him apart from others in his fields of expertise are his passion and knowledge of all things community.

Lisa Miller

Lisa Miller is from Ferguson, Missouri. Seeing the anger and hurt in the images surrounding the Michael Brown killing fueled a fire to understand why her reality of growing up in Ferguson was so different than that of the people of color in her hometown. Her work started by simply learning, listening, and asking lots of questions. During that time, she became involved with Be The Bridge, a national organization with the mission of racial reconciliation within a biblical framework. As a local Be The Bridge facilitator, Lisa has worked with others in Springfield to lead diverse cohort groups and book studies as well as creating public forums for discussions on racial injustice. She is passionate about bringing more white Christians into this work and focuses on getting information in front of more people to find a topic that stirs them to do the work of racial reconciliation.

When she’s not doing this work, Lisa is Vice President of Marketing for RoomReady based in Normal, Illinois. Her husband, Chris, is an operating engineer with IUOE Local 965 and she has a wonderfully blended family of four sons – Joe (24), Danny (21), Jared (19), Connor (16).

Dr. Pamela Woodson

For over two decades, Dr. Pamela Woodson has owned and operated Pamela Speaks Training & Consulting. Her company’s repertoire extends to Business, Communication, Education, Professional & Life-coaching, Soft-skills and even Religion and the Bible. Professor Woodson is enjoying success as a teacher, trainer, writer, speaker, producer, storyteller and performer. She holds degrees in: Business, Communication, Management, Organizational Behavior, Paralegal Studies and Public Relations and has earned Doctorate degrees in Ministry and Theology. The last 13 years she has served on the leadership team for SCoDR (Springfield Coalition on Dismantling Racism), helping to facilitate Anti-Racism trainings. Fun facts about Pamela (don’t call her Pam): she produces and hosts a weekly television talk show Pamela Speaks; has written several books in the Seasons of Mia & Mya series; and is a certified NFHS/IHSA & NCAA Basketball official.

Join the Private Facebook Group!

Continue the conversation by joining the private Facebook Group. This group is only for 21 Week Equity Challenge participants and will include challenge updates and other items happening in our community!