Saturday, June 29
9:45 a.m.-11:45 a.m.
Marquis Ballroom C-D
Organizing the Power of Diversity
Justice For All: How We Can Lead The Change
A conversation led by Hugh Vasquez
Organizing is a strategy many have implemented to maintain the status quo, and perpetuate a system that provides opportunity for only a few. Organizing is also a strategy used by many social movements that have produced large-scale changes that make a more just society. Diversity in itself will not lead to social justice; there must be an intention for justice and leadership focused on change – transformative change. The morning and afternoon sessions will explore how we become transformational leaders, what gets in our way to leading change, and how we can progress toward our vision of justice for all. Through interactive presentations, small group conversations, and whole group learning, together, we will strengthen our capacity to lead the change.
Hugh Vasquez, M.S.W., is currently Senior Associate with the National Equity Project in Oakland, California. For over 25 years, he has worked to develop leaders who will transform our social institutions into ones where equity for all becomes a reality. Mr. Vasquez is well-known for his role in the award-winning film Color of Fear and as lead facilitator in Skin Deep, a documentary film on race relations for college students. In addition, he has co-authored the books Lessons from the Color of Fear; No Boundaries: Unlearning oppression and building multicultural alliances; and Making Allies Making Friends: a curriculum for middle schools.