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Imagining Community Symposium

Imagining Community Symposium: Shaping a More Equitable Dayton

The Imagining Community Symposium is a space for community partners across the Miami Valley to come together in a space of education, dialogue, and action. The symposium is inspired by the  UnDesign the Redline exhibit which will be on display in the glass rotunda of the beautifully restored Dayton Arcade.

The symposium is open to all community members, activists, artists, students, scholars and academics with the goal of exploring the history, legacy and impact of Dayton’s racial segregation, and how to move toward a more just, equitable and inclusive Dayton.

When: Thursday, April 7 and Friday, April 8, 2022 

Where: The Hub Powered by PNC Bank at the Dayton Arcade (Enter through the Arcade entrance at 35 W. Fourth Street, Dayton, OH 45402)

The symposium is free and open to the public
  • Advanced registration is now closed, however same-day registration will be available at the door.

For more information, click on the digital programfull schedule, session descriptions or additional details.

About the Symposium

Keynote Presentation

  • ShaDawn Battle, “Chicago Footwork: A Lesson on Language and Reclaiming Black Humanity”

Plenary Sessions

Additional Events

  • UnDesign the Redline exhibit 
  • "Atlas of Dayton" featuring the inaugural edition of the "Atlas of Dayton Herald" by Misty Thomas-Trout
  • "Vestiges of Redlining: Mapping Equity in Dayton" by Jacqueline Housel and a team of Sinclair and UD Students
  • "Community Engagement Case Study: West Branch Library" by Jayne Klose and Diane Farrell
  • "Gem City Desert" art exhibit by Sarah Elizabeth Brashears 
  • Twenty eight concurrent sessions from artists, community organizers, scholars, educators, faith leaders, librarians, local businesses, and others who are working for positive change in the Dayton area.   
  • Open Mic Poetry featuring Dayton poet Sierra Leone 



Dayton Metro Library

Sinclair Community College

The Hub Powered by PNC at the Dayton Arcade

University of Dayton: Roesch Chair in the Social Sciences; Fitz Center for Leadership in Community; Office of Diversity & Inclusion; Human Rights Center; Fr. Ferree Chair of Social Justice; Department of Art & Design; Ethos Center; Department of Sociology, Anthropology & Social Work

For more information, please email the Roesch Chair in the Social Sciences, Dr. Leslie Picca at or call 937-229-2138.