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 –
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.