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Students of Color Conference
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April 23




9AM - 1:30PM


This year will be the second Students of Color Conference, with the theme "Still We Rise; Reclaiming Our Power". This conference consists of speakers and interactive workshops, with the goal of fostering an understanding of historical context, solidarity, and community building. The Students of Color Conference will equip attendees with a better understanding of social justice issues and the means to become influential change agents in society. It encourages students from historically marginalized communities to engage, connect, get involved and embrace their identities. It aims to empower students to work together to stand up against social injustices.

The conference is FREE and open to CSULB students only.

9 - 9:15 AM :

Mya Jones

Speaker Bio :

Mya Jones is the Commissioner of Cultural Affairs at California State University, Long Beach where she will soon be completing a Bachelor of Arts in Communications Studies and a minor in Sociology. She is passionate about serving underrepresented communities, and within her current role, she is advocating for the recruitment and retention of Black/Pan African students within higher education.

Citlalli Ortiz

Speaker Bio :

Citlalli Ortiz is a student leader at California State University, Long Beach where she is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Communications Studies and a minor in Public Relations. Her leadership began in 2018 when she served as the Commissioner of Undocumented students, then Senator-at-large, and currently Chief Diversity Officer for ASI.

9:15 - 10 AM :

Mikki Kendall

Speaker Bio :

Mikki Kendall is a writer, diversity consultant, and occasional feminist who talks a lot about intersectionality, policing, gender, sexual assault, and other current events. Her essays can be found at TIME, the New York Times, The Guardian, the Washington Post, Ebony, Essence, Salon, The Boston Globe, NBC, Bustle, Islamic Monthly, and a host of other sites.

10 - 11 AM :

Alfredo Carlos

Speaker Bio :

Dr. Alfredo Carlos is a Faculty Member in Political Science at California State University, Long Beach. He is also the Executive Director of the Foundation for Economic Democracy. He is a proud product of California's public school systems. He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Irvine where he specialized in the fields of Political Economy, Political theory, and American Racial and Urban Politics.

11 - 11:10 AM :


11:15 AM - 12:15 PM :

Brenda Ingram

Speaker Bio :

Dr. Ingram is a licensed clinical social worker and an educator who has over 30 years working in the trauma, mental health and education fields. Her dissertation focused on the impact of community violence on the academic careers of African American elementary school students. She is a Clinical Assistant Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Keck School of Medicine of USC; Associate Director, Student Counseling and Mental Health Division, USC Student Health; Program Director, Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention and Services, USC Student Health.

12:15 - 12:25 PM :

LaShawnae Smith

Speaker Bio :

LaShawnae Smith, best known as LaSpeaks Volumes was born and raised in South Central, Los Angeles and is committed to making an impression on her community through education and her poetry. In her efforts to better herself, she obtained her Bachelors from UCLA in 2012 and went on to graduate with her Masters in Education from USC in 2017.

12:30 - 1:30 PM :

Dr. Angela Davis

Speaker Bio :

Through her activism and scholarship over many decades, Angela Davis has been deeply involved in movements for social justice around the world. Her work as an educator – both at the university level and in the larger public sphere – has always emphasized the importance of building communities of struggle for economic, racial, and gender justice.

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