Kirk P. Perucca, President

Project Equality

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


Project Equality's 2016 Diversity and Inclusion Summit

will be held Friday, February 19 at UMKC's Pierson Auditorium


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 2016 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.


Single Tickets are $75 and can be purchased online HERE.

Your ticket includes admission to the event, continental breakfast, lunch and parking on the UMKC campus in the Cherry Street parking garage (levels 5 & 6), located at E 50th Street and Cherry Streets. Pierson Auditorium is located a 5000 Holmes, Kansas City, MO.


Tim Wise is among the most prominent anti-racist writers and educators in the United States. Named one of "25 Visionaries Who are Changing Your World" by Utne Reader, Wise has spoken in all fifty states, on over 800 college and high school campuses, and to community groups across the nation.


He has also lectured internationally in Canada and Bermuda on issues of comparative racism, race and education, racism and religion, and racism in the labor market.


Wise is the author of six books. His latest book, Under the Affluence: Shaming the Poor, Praising the Rich and Jeopardizing the Future of America, was released in September 2015 (City Lights Booksellers and Publishers).


Wise has contributed essays to twenty-five books and is one of several persons featured in White Men Challenging Racism: Thirty-Five Personal Stories (Duke University Press).


Wise has provided anti-racism training to teachers nationwide and has conducted trainings with physicians and medical industry professionals on how to combat racial inequities in health care. He has also trained corporate, government, entertainment, military, and law enforcement officials on methods for dismantling racism in their institutions, and has served as a consultant for plaintiff's attorneys in federal discrimination cases in New York and Washington State.


Wise has appeared on hundreds of radio and television programs, is a regular contributor to discussions about race on CNN, and has been featured on ABC's 20/20.

 Speakers Include:

  • Mayra Aguirre, Executive Director, Hispanic Development Fund
  • Kathryn Evans Madden, Poverty Project Manager, United Community Services of Johnson County
  • Tyrone J. Flowers, Founder and President, Higher M-Pact, Inc.
  • D. Rashaan Gilmore, Senior Field Organizer, PROMO
  • Micah W. Kubic, Executive Director, American Civil Liberties Union of Kansas
  • Benny Lee, Chairman and CEO, DuraComm Corp
  • Kirk Perucca, President and CEO of Project Equality and President of Kirk Perucca and Associates, Inc., consultants in diversity and inclusion strategy