2021 Speakers

 

Keynote Speaker


 

Jeff Chang

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Photo Credit: Keith Villaluz

Remaking America

America is at a crossroads. How do we make sense of racial inequity and this divided moment? Writer and activist Jeff Chang draws on his own story, the long history of justice movements, and a deep understanding of the tense present to discuss how together as allies and advocates, we might take action to restore hope to our communities and our country.


About

Jeff Chang has written extensively on the intersection of race, art, and civil rights, and the socio-political forces that guided the hip-hop generation. As a speaker, he brings fresh energy and sweep to the essential American story, offering an invaluable interpretation at a time when race defines the national conversation. His most recent book, We Gon’ Be Alright: Notes on Race and Resegregation, questions why we keep talking about diversity even as American society is resegregating, both racially and economically—and, it’s been adapted into a digital series, premiering on PBS’ Independent Lens. Chang’s forthcoming biography of Bruce Lee explores the kung fu legend’s life from the perspective of how his work disrupted racial politics of the time, inspiring movements in both the Asian- and African-American communities.

His previous book, Who We Be, is a powerful, challenging, and timely cultural history of the notion of racial progress, tackling pertinent themes of multiculturalism, student and political activism, the state of the arts, and the politics of abandonment. His first book, Can’t Stop Won’t Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation, is only ostensibly about hip-hop: actually, it’s a cultural and social history, and a provocative look at the end of the American century. It has garnered many honors—including the American Book Award and the Asian American Literary Award—for its radical historicism and academic chops. In 2019, Slate named it one of the “Top 50 Nonfiction Titles of the Past 25 Years”. Chang has also edited Total Chaos: The Art and Aesthetics of Hip-Hop—a look at the genre’s true pioneers and mavericks—and is now at work on two book projects: Youth (a Picador Big Ideas/Small Book) and a biography of Bruce Lee (Little, Brown).

Currently, Chang is the Vice President of Narrative, Arts, and Culture at Race Forward, the Center for Racial Justice Innovation, which strives to help people take effective action toward racial equity. Chang has been a USA Ford Fellow in Literature, and was named one of “50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World” by The Utne Reader. Chang also co-founded CultureStr/ke and Colorlines magazine, and was a Senior Editor/Director at Russell Simmons’ 360hiphop.com. He has written for The Nation, The New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, The Believer, Foreign Policy, N+1, Mother Jones, Salon, Slate, Buzzfeed, and Medium, among many others.

Born and raised in Honolulu, Hawai’i, he is a graduate of ‘Iolani School, the University of California at Berkeley, and the University of California at Los Angeles. He formerly served as the Executive Director of the Institute for Diversity in the Arts at Stanford University.

Jeff Chang quote:“Institutional neglect of racism and injustice is the exercise of power, the kind of power that refuses to notice and refuses to speak.”

 

Presenters

Name (Click for more) Pronouns Title Institution/Company Workshop Session
Alexandria Gurley headshot

Alexandria Gurley, M.A.

she/her/hers Career Planning Specialist Dallas College Protest Music
Alicia Kakakios headshot

Alicia Kakakios

she/her/hers Assistant Community Director University of North Texas | Housing & Residence Life Navigating Mental Health Challenges within the Latinx Community: ODAAT

Altheria Caldera, Ph.D.

she/her/hers Education Policy Fellow Intercultural Research Development Association | Policy Advocacy and Community Engagement (P.A.C.E.) Challenging Capitalistic Exploitation: Black Feminist/Womanist Commentary on Work and Self-Care
Alyssa Provencio headshot

Alyssa Provencio, Ph.D.

she/her/ella Assistant Professor University of Central Oklahoma | Department of Political Science Facilitating an Antiracist Pedagogies Working Group at a PWI

Amairani Gomez

she/her/hers Program Facilitor  ImmSchools Supporting Undocumented Students
Anastasia Wickham headshot

Anastasia Wickham, Ph.D.

she/her/hers Associate Professor University of Central Oklahoma | Department of English Facilitating an Antiracist Pedagogies Working Group at a PWI
Anna Marsden headshot

Anna Marsden, M.A.

she/they Instructional Design Consultant University of North Texas | Center for Leadership, Experimentation, Application, and Research 2020: Serving Students During Times of Social Upheaval

Ashleen Muturi

she/her/hers Event Coordinator for Students of East Africa/Student University of North Texas #Eagle Dreamers: Intersections of Black and Undocu Lives
Audon Archibald headshot

Audon Archibald, M.S.

he/him/his Graduate Student R.A. University of North Texas De-Dichotomizing Diversity, Beyond “Whites and Non-Whites” and “Women and Minorities”

Aundrea Caraway, M.B.A, M.S.

she/her/hers Assistant Director University of North Texas | Orientation and Transition Programs The Unseen Work of the Underrepresented

Austin Creswell

he/him/his Facility Coordinator North Central Texas College | Visual and Performing Arts Department How to Make Equity and Diversity Virtually Possible
Brandon Kitchin headshot

Brandon Kitchin

he/him/his Graduate Assistant University of North Texas | Emerald Eagle Scholars Program No Letting Down Anytime Soon: Engaging Today’s Civically-Engaged College Students
Brecken Wellborn headshot

Brecken Wellborn, M.A., C.S.

he/him/his Coordinator for Tutoring Services University of North Texas | The Learning Center Student Employment & Social Consciousness: Training for Inclusivity

Cassidy Baker, LCSW-S, ACSW

she/her/hers Clinical Assistant Professor University of North Texas | Department of Social Work Beyond Bubble Baths: Self Care & Mindfulness
D'Lexis Strickland headshot

D'Lexis Strickland

she/her/hers Undergraduate Research Team Member University of North Texas | Critical Race Research Lab De-Dichotomizing Diversity, Beyond “Whites and Non-Whites” and “Women and Minorities”
Daisy Garcia headshot

Daisy Garcia, M.Ed.

she/her/hers Director of Student Engagement North Central Texas College How to Make Equity and Diversity Virtually Possible

Daniel Murphy

he/him/his Student University of North Texas Workplace Policy Reform is Essential to the Pursuit of Equity
Deborah Kutenplon headshot

Deborah Kutenplon, DNP

she/her/hers Assistant Professor Rhode Island College | School of Nursing Teaching Diversity and Health

Elena Joy Thurston

she/her/hers Executive Director Pride and Joy Foundation Queer, Dyke, and Other Words

Elyse Smith

she/her/hers Student University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Fostering Inclusivity in Classrooms: A Student Perspective
Emily VanKirk headshot

Emily VanKirk, M.Ed.

they/them/their Student Development Specialist II Tarleton State University | Office of Diversity, Inclusion and International Programs LGBTQ+ 101 - Aspiring Allies Want to Know

Erma Udota, M.S.

she/her/hers Mentoring Programs Coordinator University of North Texas | Orientation and Transition Programs The Unseen Work of the Underrepresented
Essie Timmon headshot

Essie Timmon, M.A.

she/her/hers Academic Advisor Dallas College - North Lake | International Center Walking the Talk: Overturning Biases Throughout Student Interactions

Gina Vanacore, Ph.D.

she/her/hers Executive Director University of North Texas | Housing & Residence Life Creating Inclusive Spaces in Housing and Residence Life
Harold Woodard headshot

Harold Woodard, M.A.

he/him/his Program Director University of North Texas | Strategic Retention Initiatives Creating Inclusive Spaces in Housing and Residence Life
Hiliarie Hurtado headshot

Hiliarie Hurtado

she/her/hers Resident Assistant University of North Texas | Housing & Residence Life Navigating Mental Health Challenges within the Latinx Community: ODAAT

Jamal King

they/them/their Immigration Advisor University of North Texas | International Student & Scholar Services Understanding Your International Student - Enhancing Student Engagement Through DEI
Jennifer Laflam headshot

Jennifer Laflam, M.A.

she/her/hers Consultant The Bloom Collaborative Equity Leader Essentials: What Corporate Leaders Need to Know and Equity Leader Essentials: What Academic Leaders Need to Know
Jessica Howard headshot

Jessica Howard, M.A., M.A.

she/her/hers Global Culture, Diversity & Inclusion Manager Getty Images Design for Impact: Organizational DEI Strategic Planning

Jessica Stone, M.S., CRC, LPC

she/her/hers Assistant Director of Accessible Instruction and Assistive Technology University of North Texas | Office of Disability Access Disability and Inclusion

John Essington, Ed.D.

he/him/his Professor of Education Blackburn College White Ignorance: Creating Teacher Awareness
Josselyne Sibrian headshot

Josselyne Sibrian

she/her/hers President of Eagle Dreamers/Student University of North Texas #Eagle Dreamers: Intersections of Black and Undocu Lives
Katie Deering headshot

Katie Deering, M.A.

she/they Instructional Designer III Texas State Technical College 2020: Serving Students During Times of Social Upheaval
Kevin Sanders headshot

Kevin Sanders, M.S.

he/him/his Coordinator for Supplemental Instruction University of North Texas | The Learning Center Student Employment & Social Consciousness: Training for Inclusivity

Latecia Hendricks

she/her/hers External Affairs of Technical Specialist North Central Texas College How to Make Equity and Diversity Virtually Possible
Laura Corkery

Laura Corkery

she/her/hers Founder and CEO True You Living LLC Are We Doing the Right Things the Wrong Way?

Laurel Spurgeon, M.S.

she/her/hers Community Director University of North Texas Exceeds Standards: Leveraging Employee Evaluations for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion; Navigating Boundaries in the Workplace with Staff of Color
Lesley Regalado headshot

Lesley Regalado, Ed.S.

she/her/hers Principal Consultant Career Resource Services | Talent Acquisition/College & Career Coaching Keys to Improving Your Diversity Recruiting Strategy
Lisa Amoroso headshot

Lisa Amoroso

she/her/hers Culture & Inclusion Sr. Director Frito Lay Are We Doing the Right Things the Wrong Way?
Lorena Tule-Romain headshot

Lorena Tule-Romain, M.Ed.

she/her/hers Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer ImmSchools Supporting Undocumented Students

Madasen Briggs

she/her/hers Graduate Student R.A. University of North Texas | Department of Psychology De-Dichotomizing Diversity, Beyond “Whites and Non-Whites” and “Women and Minorities”
Maiya Winston headshot

Maiya Winston, CDP

she/her/hers/Black Consultant Be A Possibility Maximizing ROI for ERGs

Mariela Nuñez-Janes, Ph.D.

she/her/hers Professor University of North Texas | Department of Anthropology #Eagle Dreamers: Intersections of Black and Undocu Lives
Marilu Howard headshot

Marilu Howard, M.S.

she/her/hers Instructional Design Consultant University of North Texas | Center for Leadership, Experimentation, Application, and Research 2020: Serving Students During Times of Social Upheaval
Meena Naik headshot

Meena Naik, M.S.

she/her/hers Program Director University of North Texas | Career Connect American-Muslim or a Muslim in America? Post 9/11 Realities

Meghan Gowin, M.Ed.

she/her/hers 3rd Grade Teacher Uplift Ascend Primary #Not A Buzz Word: Advancing Equity in Early Childhood Education

Michelle Castillo, B.B.A.

she/her/hers Graduate Coordinator for Inclusivity Initiatives University of North Texas Creating Inclusive Spaces in Housing and Residence Life
Monique Stennis headshot

Monique Stennis, M.B.A.

she/her/hers Interim Director of Diversity Initiatives University of Redlands Are We Doing the Right Things the Wrong Way?

Nancy Zamora, M.S.Ed.

she/her/hers Director North Central Texas College How to Make Equity and Diversity Virtually Possible

Nausheen Qureshi

she/her/hers Student and Program Assistant University of North Texas | International Student & Scholar Services Understanding Your International Student - Enhancing Student Engagement Through DEI
Pam Chao headshot

Pam Chao, M.A.

she/her/hers Consultant The Bloom Collaborative Equity Leader Essentials: What Corporate Leaders Need to Know

Rachel Jackson, M.S.

she/her/hers Office Support Assocaite University of North Texas | Housing & Residence Life Exceeds Standards: Leveraging Employee Evaluations for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion; Navigating Boundaries in the Workplace with Staff of Color

Rachita Sharma, Ph.D., LPC-S, CRC

she/her/hers Clinical Assistant Professor University of North Texas | Department of Rehabilitation & Health Services Beyond Bubble Baths: Self Care & Mindfulness

Randalynn Johnson

she/her/hers Student Services Coordinator/American Sign Language Interpreter University of North Texas | Office of Disability Access Disability and Inclusion

Reginald Robinson, M.Ed.

he/him/his Assistant Principal Crowley ISD Unpacked: Stereotype Threat in the Classroom

Rekha Nair

she/her/hers Senior Immigration Advisor University of North Texas | International Student & Scholar Services Understanding Your International Student - Enhancing Student Engagement Through DEI
Shabaz Brown headshot

Shabaz Brown

she/her/hers Student Services Coordinator University of North Texas | Multicultural Center 2020: Serving Students During Times of Social Upheaval

Sharon Bradley, M.Ed.

she/her/hers Director of Family and Social Services/SEL Plano ISD Adult Social Emotional Competence and Wellness
Tanika Byrd headshot

Tanika Byrd, Ed.D.

she/her/hers Consultant The Bloom Collaborative Equity Leader Essentials: What Corporate Leaders Need to Know
Ticily Medley headshot

Ticily Medley, Ph.D., LMFT-S

she/her/hers Director of Advising and Counseling Tarrant County College-South Managing Towards Inclusion with Courageous Conversations

Tim Schmidt, M.A.

he/him/his Senior Immigration Advisor University of North Texas | International Student & Scholar Services Understanding Your International Student - Enhancing Student Engagement Through DEI
Tirone Tennessee headshot

Tironé Tennessee

she/her/hers Undergraduate Research Team Member University of North Texas | Critical Race Research Lab De-Dichotomizing Diversity, Beyond “Whites and Non-Whites” and “Women and Minorities”

Valerie Martinez-Ebers, Ph.D.

she/her/hers Director University of North Texas | Department of Latina/o and Mexican-American Studies Creating Inclusive Spaces in Housing and Residence Life