Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Events
Equity Talks: Gen Z's Role in Saving the Planet
March 09, 2023
GenZ will inherit the Earth and future rising temperatures will increase inequality by threatening the health and livelihoods of the least privileged first. Yet, climate change curriculum is inconsistent at best - leaving Americans ill-equipped to face future environmental changes. Severe weather already is disrupting the accessibility of acquiring an education - so what can be done? Sophia Kianni, a 19-year old activist, will explore how everyone can make a difference to offset impending climate change.
Equity Talks: Undocumented and Unafraid
February 22, 2023
What does an education look like for an undocumented immigrant? Since DACA's inception in 2012, more immigrants are attending and graduating high school than ever before; however, the United States' immigration system can create barriers to accessibility. Sara Mora will share her journey from migrant to DACA-recipient to entrepreneur and will explain how access to education is essential in raising human capital.
Securing the Bag: Career Advice from Gen Z for Gen Z
February 13, 2023
Gen Z is the most diverse generation to date and will soon make up the majority of the workforce. However, marginalized communities don’t always have equitable access to professional development tools. Join Brian (@imbrianoviedo), Lillian (@lillianzhang_), and Jade (@theninthsemester), to learn tips and tricks from finding an internship to networking and landing a job, from Gen Z for Gen Z.
Equity Talks: How Neighborhoods Affect Social Mobility
January 19, 2023
Where you live matters: the arbitrary circumstances into which you are born - such as your gender, race, and ZIP Code - can determine your successes in life. This "opportunity gap" creates obstacles to obtaining a quality education, which is an essential component to prosperity. Anna Gifty Opoku-Agyeman, author of The Black Agenda: Bold Solutions for a Broken System, will explain how centering marginalized communities in policy decisions improves outcomes for everyone.
December 05, 2022
On June 12, 2006, Brandon Wolf lost two of his best friends in the Pulse Nightclub shooting tragedy, narrowly escaping himself. That night spurred Brandon to become a fierce advocate for LGBTQ rights and gun reform in honor of his friends. In the years since, his advocacy work has also shown him the necessity of self-care and the power of community. Brandon is firm in his belief that you have always been worthy of joy, love, and safety, and will share how self-care can be both a lifeline and the utmost form of resistance.
Equity Talks: Sharing Your Story and the Power of Visibility
November 02, 2022
Growing up, Nic Stone realized that Black characters didn't exist in children's books. Fifteen books later, including #1 New York Times Bestseller Dear Martin, Nic has dedicated her life to creating representation through amplifying stories of racial and social justice. In this event, Nic will illustrate how sharing our stories dismantles oppression and how you can unlock your personal truth.
Evolve: Eroding Inequities through Financial Literacy
October 18, 2022
Financial literacy is essential to social mobility and the creation of generational wealth. But how many of us learned how to open a credit card, take out a loan or balance a budget in school? A lack of access to financial literacy disproportionately affects marginalized communities and only widens the wealth gap.
Yanely Espinal (@missbehelpful) is on a mission to create widespread change around systemic financial barriers. Join us to learn more about how you can avoid financial pitfalls and explore tips for your own personal finances.
Equity Talks: When Minimum Wage Doesn't Meet the Minimum
October 11, 2022
Is upward mobility an illusion? Equal opportunity can feel like a sham when the wealth gap is so wide and the rich only get richer. George Packer, staff writer at The Atlantic, knows that systemic inequalities - especially in education - can prevent the average American from getting ahead. Join us to hear from Packer as he explores the case for better public institutions, better public schools and better living wages as the key to fixing the inequality gap.
September 29, 2022
You may have been told that an internship is essential. But many students face barriers to opportunity such as juggling work schedules, a lack of network, or just not knowing where to start. Emily White, author of Interning 101, will share tips on how to juggle it all and, ultimately, turn your future internship into your career.
Equity Talks: Disability Visibility
September 13, 2022
In 2020, psychologist and educator Christina Costa was faced with a stunning irony - she had a tumor in the right hemisphere of her brain. Through her recovery journey Christina, @ms.christinacosta, accelerated her advocacy for intersectional, inclusive teaching and disruption of systemic inequities. As someone whose neurodiversity is invisible, Christina celebrates differences both visible and not, and teaches that inclusive education is accessible education - and accessibility isn't optional.