Citizen University National Conference

Who Is Us? Race, Citizenship, and America Now

In this age of inequality and demographic flux, how do we define a sense of national identity and cohesion? At #CitizenUCon16, we’ll ask the question “WHO IS US?”, as we focus on race, identity, and what it means to be American now. Our annual national conference is like no other civic gathering in America. Join hundreds of catalysts and activists to learn about power, deepen your networks, and remake the narrative of America. Register Now!

Citizen University National Conference 2015: Mauricio Lim Miller (Family Independence Initiative).

2016 Agenda

FRIDAY, MARCH 18, 6pm-9pm

Opening Keynote: Why Black Lives Matter, Alicia Garza

Panel: Building Movements

SATURDAY, MARCH 19, 8am-6pm

Panel: The Power of Narrative


Lunch: Family-style with On the Table

Panel: Art and Racial Justice

Panel: Restorative Justice Now


Presentation: National Council of Young Leaders

Panel: Solutions

Closing: The New America, Jose Antonio Vargas and Rinku Sen

Book signing with conference authors


Thank You


Fisher Pavilion, Seattle Center


Accommodations:  We’ve got a group discount rate at the Hyatt House right across the street from the Space Needle! Make reservations online and enter the group code “G-CITI” into the drop down box on the right hand side of the screen.

Travel: Thanks to our partner, Delta Airlines, a 10% discount is available on qualifying Delta flights. Reservations and ticketing are available via Select “Book Your Flight” and enter the meeting code NMN43 in the box provided.

Parking: There are several Seattle Center parking garages — or use public transit. We suggest the 5th Avenue Garage or the1st Ave N and Thomas garage. 

Conference Headquarters: Fisher Pavilion at Seattle Center, located west of the Armory & south of the International Fountain. Seattle Center map.

Arrive. Check-in. Sign Up! When you arrive at Fisher Pavilion you will pick up your name badge and sign up for breakout sessions. Space is limited in each breakout, so arrive early to get your first choice. 

  • Doors open at 5:30pm Friday. Reception with light snacks and a cash bar 
  • Doors open at 8:00am Saturday. Coffee, tea and snacks available 

Food: Reception with light snacks and a cash bar on Friday night. Saturday we’ll have coffee, tea and snacks in the morning then a fun family-style lunch. If you need a full meal on Friday evening or breakfast on Saturday there are many places to eat in the Seattle Center Armory.

What to wear: casual, comfortable clothes and shoes. Dress in layers, it can get cool inside.
What to bring: a refillable water bottle, a notebook, a pen and an umbrella or raincoat. It will rain!

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