Equity Conversations

United Way of Champaign County is pleased to offer Facilitated Conversations to enhance learning during the United Way of Illinois Equity Challenge.

These conversations will be virtual and led by a professional facilitator.

The point of Conversations is to help one another grow, to learn, and to commit to taking action to undo racism and inequities. By participating, you will keep the conversation and relationship-building moving toward action, moving beyond our “comfort” zones.

Upcoming Conversations

Important Note: Advance registration is required and will open two weeks prior to the Conversation date. Conversations are limited to 30 people. Participants must be 18 years or older.

Mondays, 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Sessions facilitated by Dr. James Fielder and Shandra Summerville

April 26 and June 7

Click here to register for April 26, 2021

Click here to register for June 7, 2021


Thursdays, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Sessions facilitated by Dr. Grace Kang and Moises Orozco Villicaña
April 29 and June 10

Click here to register for April 29, 2021.

Registration for June 10 will be available in mid-May.

Conversation Rules

We ask that all participants keep their cameras on to ensure that we can engage in conversation and build rapport.

We ask that you participate in only one of the offered times each week. 

We will be using the Four Agreements of Courageous Conversations by Glenn E. Singleton and Curtis Linton as a framework.

Be prepared to:

  • Stay engaged
  • Experience discomfort
  • Speak your truth
  • Expect and accept non-closure



Dr. Grace Kang

Grace Kang, Ph.D. has taught at the K-6 grade levels and is an assistant professor of elementary literacy at Illinois State University. Grace teaches various literacy methods courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels and her research explores culturally sustaining pedagogies, anti-racist teaching practices, narrow definitions of literacy, and social justice-oriented teacher education, specifically in writing. Grace resides in Champaign with her husband and four children and is a proud alumnus of the University of Illinois for all of her degrees.

Moises Orozco Villicana

Moises Orozco Villicaña, Ph.D., is the Director of Enrollment Management for the School of Information Sciences (iSchool) at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. In his leadership capacity at the iSchool, Moises provides oversight for recruitment and admissions operations. He has presented and facilitated on the topics of diversity, access, equity, retention, and inclusion at local, regional, and national conferences. Beyond his work and service, Moises loves to travel with his two boys, daughter, and wife, so they are eager to travel abroad once it is safe to do so.  

Shandra Summerville

Shandra Summerville resides in Champaign, Illinois, and serves as the Cultural and Linguistic Competence Coordinator for the Champaign County Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Boards.  She is specialized in cultural competence training and development for organizations that want to expand their capacity to become culturally responsive. In addition, she is an instructor for Mental Health First Aid for Adults, Public Safety, and Adults Assisting Youth. 

Shandra has served with the following community groups,  NAACP Champaign County Branch; the Rotary Club of Champaign; United Way Emerging Community Leaders Alumni Committee, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated, The Hope Center Leaders Cabinet Through the Vineyard Church of Urbana, Illinois, The Canaan Development Foundation SAFE House Steering Committee; Illinois Public Media Community Advisory Committee.

Dr Fielder

Rev. Dr. James A. Fielder is first and foremost a father, a son, and a brother. The devoted family man served his country as a decorated marine for 12 years. 
Dr. Fielder worked as Vice President of Information System for over 20 years, for the Farm Credit System. In 2017, he received his Doctor of Ministry degree from Northern Seminary, focusing on Christian Leadership Development. Additionally, he is a candidate to be an ICF certified coach. Furthermore, he is a Kaleidoscope Institute facilitator. Kaleidoscope facilitators are trained to create a safe space for conversations that lead to developing multicultural environments. He loves movies, music, reading, and spending time with family, and he is passionate about leadership development.