Diversity Leadership Conference Schedule

Friday, February 21, 2020

Conference Check-In & Registration 12:00 - 6:00 PM Orange Ballroom
Music through a Social Justice Lens 12:00 - 10:00 PM Piano Lounge
Stick Together - Be Someone 12:00 - 10:00 PM LSC 2nd Floor Atrium
Slam Poetry Creation Station 12:00 - 10:00 PM LSC 2nd Floor Atrium
The Blind Spot Exhibition 12:00 - 10:00 PM LSC 241
Workshop I 3:00 - 3:50 PM Smith-Hutson
Workshop II 4:30 - 5:20 PM Smith-Hutson 
Conference Welcome 6:00 - 6:15 PM Orange Ballroom
Opening Keynote Speaker: Tarana Burke 6:15 - 7:20 PM Orange Ballroom
Games, Food & Music 7:00 - 10:00 PM Kat Klub
Movie Night: Joker 8:00 - 10:00 PM LSC 230

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Professional Headshots 8:30 - 10:00 AM Location TBA
Registration & Breakfast 9:00 - 10:00 AM Orange Ballroom
Music through a Social Justice Lens 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM Piano Lounge
The Blind Spot Exhibition 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM LSC 241
Stick Together - Be Someone 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM LSC 2nd Floor Atrium
Slam Poetry Creation Station 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM LSC 2nd Floor Atrium
Diversity Energizer 10:00 - 10:20 AM Orange Ballroom
Workshop Sessions III 10:40 - 11:30 AM Smith-Hutson 
Workshop Sessions IV 11:40 AM - 12:30 PM Smith-Hutson
Lunch Keynote Speaker: Aisha Fukushima 12:30 - 1:50 PM Orange Ballroom
Closing Remarks 2:00  Orange Ballroom

The Blind Spot Exhibit

The Blind Spot is defined as an area in which a person lacks understanding or impartiality. In this exhibit constructed by the Diversity Council, participants walk through an exhibit that educates on social issues that are prevalent and plague our society. This is done through research and multisensory experiences that enable the participants to fully immerse oneself in the issues.

The issues highlighted during the Blind Spot at the 16th Annual Diversity Leadership Conference are –

               Criminal Justice Reform
                TRANSforming the World (Transgender Rights)
                Political Engagement
               College Stress Levels
                Me Too Movement
              Gun Control
                Health in Minorities

Music through a Social Justice Lens Exhibit

Music Through a Social Justice Lens examines the way that people have used their art not only to connect with audiences across the globe, but to uplift, promote, and spark conversation centered on the advancement and liberation of marginalized and underrepresented peoples.

Conference attendees can explore songs from a variety of genres through their music videos and read about each song's meaning and societal context. Songs will be centered around six themes including: Be Yourself, #MeToo, America, Immigration, Police Brutality, and Identity. They will include hits from well-known arts like Lizzo and Janelle Monae, along with lesser-known artists like G Yamazawa and Mona Haydar. Come for the music, stay for the message.

Stick Together - Be Someone

Art has historically been a socio-political movement. Expressions of love, life, triumph and hardship can be found in pieces around the world. Street art and graffiti in itself has made its way into contemporary style sprouting from the 1920 from the streets of New York, giving artist an outlet to encourage activism through art. Alex Ramos is the artist behind the Houston famous graffiti piece ‘Be Someone’ on I-45.

 "I want people to be able to understand that you can do what you want to do if you put yourself to it," he said. "It sounds cliche, but you don't have to get up, you have to go get it, you know?" – Alex Ramos

This piece pays homage to the artist, Alex Ramos, and city of Houston while encouraging everyone to be the best versions of themselves. By collectively putting this piece together, we are amplifying our voices to recognize that we can all Be Someone.

 Slam Poetry Creation Station

Poetry. Spoken Word. Slam Poetry. Langston Hughes brought with the Harlem Renaissance, this new rhythmic form of social activism. Poetry has long been an art form for expression and telling your truth. Slam poetry focuses on telling the stories of all races and social classes, and uses the platform to advocate for injustices and societal issues. These words build bridges, allies, and mobilize movements.