Kirk P. Perucca, President

Project Equality

P.O. Box 7085, Kansas City, MO 64113-0085


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Project Equality's 2019 Diversity and Inclusion Summit

will be held Thursday, February 28, 2019 at the

Pierson Auditorium, UMKC Campus in Kansas City, Missouri.

Project Equality’s Diversity and Inclusion Summit brings together leaders in the civic, educational, financial, governmental, health, corporate and legal communities to discuss where we are in 2019 on the road to full inclusion, but even more importantly, what strategies will make equality and access a reality for all. The summit has a focus on forward-thinking initiatives which encourage awareness and open dialogue for all attendees.


Tickets include admission to the event, continental breakfast, lunch and parking on the UMKC campus in the Cherry Street parking garage (levels 5 & 6), which is located at E 50th Street and Cherry Streets. The Student Union is located at 5000 Holmes, Kansas City, MO.

2019 Keynote Speaker: Dr. Joy DeGruy

Dr. Joy DeGruy is a nationally and internationally renowned researcher, educator, author and presenter. Her seminars have been lauded as the most dynamic and inspirational currently being presented on the topics of culture, race relations and contemporary social issues. She is a tell-it-like-it-is ambassador for healing and a voice for those who have struggled in search of the past and continue to struggle through the present.


Dr. DeGruy is the author of the groundbreaking book, Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome - America's Legacy of Enduring Injury and Healing, which addresses the residual impacts of trauma on African descendants in the Americas. Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome lays the groundwork for understanding how the past has influenced the present and opens up the discussion of how we can use the strengths we have gained to heal.


She has presented to governmental agencies like the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Juvenile Justice Judges Association and police departments, as well as companies like Nordstrom and Nike. She has appeared on CNN, ABC, NPR and in The New York Times and Essence Magazine.