The 2021 Toward One Wisconsin Conference will take place on October 12-13, 2021 in Eau Claire. As a state and nation we have had to reckon with the repeated, horrific violence of racism, while the pandemic itself forced us to see racism as a public health crisis. The conference is a means to bring us together to discuss and address these issues and find solutions.
We expect a diverse attendance including but not limited to representatives from birth-K-12, higher education, academia, business and industry, state and local workforce development, youth programs, health professions, vocational rehabilitation, chambers of commerce, non-profit organizations, government, community and neighborhood associations, and faith-based groups.
There will be four conference tracks where attendees will discover collaborative and innovative approaches, best practices, cutting edge research, and/or success stories that addresses job entry, creating united communities that welcome all residents, embracing a healthy climate for youth in our schools and neighborhoods, and promoting health equity initiatives across Wisconsin. The tracks include:
Track I: Increasing Opportunities for Inclusion in Wisconsin’s Workforce
Track II: Creating Inclusive Communities
Track III: Cultivating Equity in Education
Track IV: Building Health Equity in Wisconsin
1. Address how to include marginalized people who have experience the impact of COVID19 and distrust
2. Bridge the gaps to unite our communities
3. Show case the Eau Claire community: Eau Claire Way, Eau Claire Rises, One Eau Claire
4. Demonstrate how community partnerships and collaboration between private and public sectors work
5. Encourage attendees to be change agents in their communities
6. Influence the state to move forward
- Build greater awareness on the intersection between inclusion and economic, social, and emotional health of communities, workforce, youth, and under-served populations in Wisconsin.
- Produce a comprehensive strategic report with performance measures and actionable recommendations around each Track for state and local governments, businesses, communities, educational institutions, health systems, and non-profit organizations. Continue the discussion around making our communities more inclusive.