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From Good Will to Good Work: Build a New Legacy of Racial Justice & Harmony

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Concordia Center for Environmental Stewardship

Concordia University

12800 N Lake Shore Dr

Mequon, WI 53097

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Bridge the Divide presents "From GOOD WILL to GOOD WORK: How We Can Build a New Legacy of Racial Justice & Harmony" at Concordia Center for Environmental Stewardship at Concordia University

***detailed map at bottom of page***

These lectures are FREE and open to the public, ages 15 and up (Suggested Donations of $10.00 will help Bridge the Divide bring more programming to our communities)

Dr. Fran Kaplan and Mr. Reggie Jackson are educator/consultants with Nurturing Diversity Partners and affiliated with America’s Black Holocaust Museum. Reggie and Fran have worked together for a decade helping to reestablish a Milwaukee gem: America’s Black Holocaust Museum, the world’s only history museum and memorial illuminating the challenges faced by African Americans from 1619 to the present. Separately and as partners, Reggie and Fran have won eighteen awards for their social justice work. They are nationally-known speakers on issues of race, diversity and inclusion.

  • April 30th – Unconscious Bias: Seeing Our Own Blind Spots ^

  • May 14th – Urban Myths or Realities? MKE Matters for Suburbanites

  • May 28th – Raising Suburban Children for Success in a Multicultural Democracy^

  • June 11th – How People of Conscience Create a Just Society^

^ sessions will also feature Sherrill Knezel , an independent illustrator specializing in live graphic recording for visual literacy; her images will capture the essence of our journey From Good Will to Good Work.


Dr Fran Kaplan - Dr. Kaplan’s fifty-year career has been spent working against poverty and for social justice and peace locally, nationally, and internationally. She holds a Doctorate in Educational Leadership and a Master of Social Work degree.

Her work as an adult educator, social worker and community organizer has taken her into various arenas, including farmworker rights, women’s healthcare, child protection, parenting education, and public history. She has served as an executive, program, and training director. She is also a published author and award-winning filmmaker.

In 2017, Dr. Kaplan and her longtime ABHM colleague, Reggie Jackson, formed Nurturing Diversity Partners. They provide education, training, and consulting services that foster diversity, inclusion, and equity within institutions and the greater society by increasing historical/cultural literacy, empathy for others’ lived experiences, and capacity for personal and social action.

Dr. Kaplan has received twelve community service awards, including the 1992 Social Worker of the Year and the 1998 Promoting Racial Harmony awards from the WI Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, and the 2016 Eliminating Racism Award from the YWCA of Southeast Wisconsin. On her 70th birthday in 2017, the Honorable Gwen Moore, Representative of Wisconsin’s 4th District, read an extended tribute to Fran into the US Congressional Record.

Reggie Jackson has been a much sought-after speaker, published author, and journalist for over a decade. As a trainer/consultant with Nurturing Diversity Partners, he helps communities, institutions, and individuals around the country develop greater historical and cultural literacy, compassion, and capacity for action.To do this, Reggie shares seldom-told stories of the African-American experience past and present and conducts anti-bias, diversity, and inclusion education at schools, libraries, social service agencies, churches, and businesses. He also frequently provides background on contemporary racial issues to regional, national, and international media.

Mr. Jackson has received awards for his social justice and public service work from the Wisconsin State Assembly, Southeast Wisconsin’s YWCA, the City of Milwaukee, the First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee, MICAH (Milwaukee Inner-City Congregations Allied for Hope), the Jewish Community Relations Council, and the Milwaukee Press Club.

Sponsors: Wisconsin Humanities Council*, Bridge the Divide, Nurturing Diversity Partners, Concordia University's Black Student Union, Meaningful Marks, LLC

*Funded in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Humanities Council, with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this project do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The Wisconsin Humanities Council supports and creates programs that use history, culture, and discussion to strengthen community life for everyone in Wisconsin.

Directions: Concordia Center for Environmental Stewardship (CCES) Please enter campus via the main entrance on Highland Rd . You will turn right after the welcome center to head towards the lake, continue to the right as you face the Administration Building and follow the road to the CCES. Parking is available in Lots N, O, P as well as K & L.

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Concordia Center for Environmental Stewardship

Concordia University

12800 N Lake Shore Dr

Mequon, WI 53097

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