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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Events

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.

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There are age requirements for driving but not for prison - in the American criminal justice system, youth are treated as adults. Marcus Bullock was one of those incarcerated youths, sentenced to 8 years in prison when he was only 15 years old. Two decades later, Bullock is the CEO of his own tech company and working to dismantle the "school-to-prison pipeline" that ensnares so many young Black men. Join us to hear how creativity can be harnessed for social good.

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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. 

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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.

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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. 

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Evolve: Interning 101

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.

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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.

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Words have the power to unite and divide - is it really possible to persuade someone to see a different point of view? David Fleischer, Director of the Los Angeles LGBT Center's Leadership Lab, will show you how to create conversation to reduce prejudices, increase equity, and remove barriers to systemic justice. Join us as we discuss how to leverage dialogue as personal activism.

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Music has the power to inspire, evoke powerful emotion, and heal our communities. In this event, we will explore the connection between music and health, explaining why music’s redemptive power may hold more potential than we realize. How does music speak to people in ways language cannot? Why is music education vitally important, especially to those who are most in need? Change starts small. It can begin with something as simple as a daily artistic practice, a creative habit. But over time, that small commitment to our creativity will blossom and ripple through our communities in a way that connects us to our greater humanity.

Equity Talks Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Our nation has never existed without racism, marginalization, and oppression. What does a world without these harms look like and is it possible to create this world in our lifetimes? Join us as we imagine a future of equity, and discuss what it will take to get there, and how we all can move toward creating a world where all people can freely enjoy civil rights and humanity.

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