On June 21-22, Olympic College will be hosting their 5th annual Diversity Conference. For 2018, the theme of the conference is Revive, Reunite, Restore. According to the Olympic College website, this conference is designed to “provide participants with numerous opportunities to hear from local experts on topics related to diversity including education and skills development, identity and personal development, the arts, leadership development and social justice and activism.”
For students that want to go to this conference, they need to apply for registration. Early registration goes until May 31st and students will need to pay $150. If you aren't able to register in time for early registration form, there is always late registration, which will end up costing more. For late registration, students will need to pay $250 to have the opportunity to go to this conference.
Students who attend this conference can also expect to see a couple of student presenters who will present in-between the keynote speakers. These students had the opportunity to apply for presentations they created and on May 7th, certain students will be selected to present.
The two keynote speakers will be: Robin DeAngelo and Ke'Andrea Ayers. These two women come from vastly different backgrounds and will provide anyone who attends speeches from two different viewpoints on broad subject of diversity.
Robin DeAngelo is a multifaceted consultant who focuses on racial and social injustice. She has a PhD in Multicultural Education and lectures at University of Washington. Her main field is Whiteness studies and her work has been featured in multiple newspapers. She also works on anti-racism projects such as City of Seattle’s Race and Social Justice Initiative Anti-Racism training. DeAngelo gives a multitude of Keynote speeches, on her website she details two of the subjects she often speaks on. The first is “seeing the racial water”, which discusses what it is like to grow up white in a country that says race doesn't matter but is divided by racial tension. The second is “white fragility”, which delves into the idea that white people are racially insulated and have trouble dealing with racial stress. Students can look forward to the probability of hearing about one of these topics if they choose to attend the conference.
Ke’Andrea Ayers is the CEO of Ayers Publicity and is a renowned journalist who has been a part of developing shows such as “Jerry Springer” and “Girl Code”. She is also a proud woman of color, which has led to her having experiences such as meeting Oprah at the Black Women in Hollywood event. Ke'Andrea has written for multiple magazines and has interviewed many celebrities. To date, the clients that she has in her publicity company have all been featured in major publications such as Ebony and Forbes.
While there is only a tentative schedule for the conference right now as student presenters haven't been selected yet, we can infer what the possible schedule may look like from the schedule from 2017. In previous years, the sessions in the conference have had the option for students to choose the workshops they went to. There are 5 categories that the workshops can on, education and skills development, identity and personal development, arts and education, leadership development, and social justice and activism. Within some workshops, there will be students who run the workshop and give presentations that go along with their chosen theme.
Students attending can expect a long day ahead of them on June 21st. The first day of the conference starts at 7:30 a.m. and goes until 5 p.m.. From 7:30 a.m.-8:30 a.m., students go and check in and afterwards enjoy a complimentary continental breakfast. 8:30 a.m.-8:45 a.m. is welcomes and introduction, and then from 8:45 a.m.-10 a.m. is opening keynote speaker Robin DeAngelo. After DeAngelo speaks, there will be a 30 minute transition time. The first session is from 10:30 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. and will be the first opportunity for those attending to see the student presenters in action. From 12 p.m.-1 p.m. is lunch, which features a buffet. After lunch is session two which goes from 1:15 p.m.-2:45 p.m. and then from 2:45 p.m.-3:15 p.m. there will be another transition and refreshments period. From 3:15 p.m.-4:45 p.m. will be session three, which happens to be the last session of the day. The day will end with dinner at 5 p.m. featuring Ke'Andrea Ayers, the closing keynote speaker.
On the second day, June 22, students will begin their day with another continental breakfast from 7:30 a.m.-8:30 a.m. Afterwards, there will be session four which goes from 8:30 a.m -10 a.m. From 10 a.m.-10:30 a.m. there will be a transition time with refreshments and from 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. is session five. At 12 p.m., there will be closing activities and the conference will be over.