Call for Participants: 2020 Diversity Leadership Conference, Dec 6

Call for Participants: 2020 Diversity Leadership Conference

Deadline: Undergraduate submissions due by December 6, 2019. Graduate student submissions due by December 27, 2019.

The Personal is Political: Showing Up for Ourselves and in Solidarity

“Certainly there are very real differences between us…But it is not those differences between us that are separating us. It is rather our refusal to recognize those differences…”- Audre Lorde

The Samuel E. Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center is currently accepting workshop/session ideas for our annual Diversity Leadership Conference (DLC) happening Friday, February 21st from 3-7 pm.

DLC is an annual event that is intended to showcase the multiple ways in which leadership lives in our communities. This year, DLC will focus on highlighting UW student voices as they co-facilitate workshops with a mentor. The theme of DLC 2020 is The Personal is Political: Showing Up for Ourselves and in Solidarity. The theme is meant to reflect and pay homage to the intersectional work of feminist womxn of color. Additionally, with the U.S. Presidential Elections happening in the year 2020, event organizers hope participants can engage in conversations of activism/advocacy for themselves and marginalized/targeted communities.

DLC workshop ideas should attempt to answer or engage with the following questions: How do we engage in community/coalition building? How do we build communities of success? How do we bring other people to our table? How do we engage/recognize our privilege? What do you do when you feel like you don’t “fit in” to your community?

The DLC Planning Committee is interested in ideas that explore these questions through theoretical and/or practical perspectives (i.e. such as your own personal experience).

Additional themes can include:

  • Social Justice
  • Identity Development
  • System Wellness
  • Safety and Security
  • Telling Your Story
  • Finding Community

If you are a current undergraduate student interested in presenting a workshop idea, you can fill out the Google Form here. Submissions are due by December 6th. If you are unable to meet this deadline, please contact Angelica.

If you are a UW Graduate Student, UW Alumni, or UW Staff Member interested in mentoring and co-facilitating with a student, you can fill out the Google Form here. Submissions for mentors are due by December 27th.

In the spirit of collaboration, please forward this announcement to any parties who may be interested in this opportunity or submit a workshop idea yourself.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the ECC Coordinator for Student Leadership, Angelica Gutierrez, directly at

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