03/25/2013 01:52 pm ET Updated May 25, 2013

Key California Human Relations Conference in L.A. Tackles Overcoming Violence and Injustice

California's top human relations and academic experts are convening on Tuesday, April 2 in downtown Los Angeles for a major all-day public conference addressing violence and injustice in the state. The expertise comes at a critical time for the state, which ranks first not only in population and diversity, but also in unemployment, hate crime and hate groups as well.

The Golden State, however, is also renowned for the presence of some of the top institutions and national experts in the field of Human Relations, with many being represented at the event. The conference is organized by the California Association of Human Relations Organizations (CAHRO), a statewide consortium of human relations, academic, and law enforcement representatives.

Keynote Speaker Robert K. Ross, President of the California Endowment, will discuss structural racism as well issues affecting young men of color. Another keynote by University of Southern California Sociology Professor Manual Pastor will discuss an important piece of breaking research entitled "California's Immigrant Integration Scorecard". In addition there will be various panel and roundtable discussions and dialogues including ones on The Kelly Thomas killing and on innovations in Restorative Justice. San Diego Human Relations Commission Director and CAHRO President Dannell Scarborough explained, "Today's problems demand collective action. The conference creates a space for intellectual content and discussion, common purpose and collaboration across the state." Past presenters have included Cornel West, Stewart Kwoh, Connie Rice and Hussein Ibish.

The conference will take place in the Redwood Room of The California Endowment, 1000 N. Alameda St., Los Angeles (near Union Station). Information on conference registration, attendance and fees can be found at: , CAHRO (California Association of Human Relations Organizations) on Facebook, or phone (619) 236-6420.