Friday Afternoon

Witness some of the key issues that are at the heart of the challenges and triumphs of Detroit and the surrounding region in two distinct learning tours. Two tours will be offered on Friday afternoon, and you will have the option to choose one when you register for the conference.

Understanding the Arab American Experience

Hosted by the Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services (ACCESS)

This unique tour is a special look at the experience of the Arab American community in Michigan and their contributions to the economic, political, and cultural landscape of American life. Guided by leaders from ACCESS, we’ll travel to nearby Dearborn and spend time at the Arab American National Museum, the first and only museum in the U.S. devoted to Arab American history and culture.


From Growing Our Economy to Growing Our Souls

Hosted by the James and Grace Lee Boggs Center

With tour guides from the Boggs Center, we will explore the rise and fall of the economic American Dream and changing epochs in Detroit’s history. We will discuss organizing and resistance in the city, including stops at the Packard Automotive Plant, GM Hamtramck, the Hope District, Feedom Freedom Growers, Heidelberg Project, and others.

EXPLORING DETROIT - Before and After the conference

Join us for THESE ADDITIONAL OPTIONAL tours. You can sign up for the following tours during registration. 



Join new WDN member and Detroit native Julie Fisher Cummings for a tour of some of her favorite projects in the city.



One of the top 5 museums in the U.S., the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) has one of the largest and most significant art collections in the country. The DIA features one-of-a-kind works by Mexican artist Diego Rivera and Vincent van Gogh and has been a beacon for arts and culture in the Detroit area for over 100 years.