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Power In Diversity Conference 2016

Power in Diversity Leadership Conference 2016

St. Cloud State University will host the 7th Annual Power in Diversity Leadership Conference on January 28 – January 31, 2016 and we are asking for your assistance in identifying students, faculty, staff and advisors at your institution who may have an interest in attending this conference, the purpose of which is to build leadership and communication skills, promote academic excellence and reinforce educational and cultural development.  Partnering with St. Cloud State University are Metropolitan State University, Minnesota State College Student Association, Minnesota State University-Moorhead, Normandale Community College, St. Paul College, St. Cloud Technical and Community College, Southwest Minnesota State and Winona State University along with MnSCU.


All college students who are interested in building their leadership skills in a multicultural environment should attend the conference as well as faculty, staff, advisors and diversity officers.  Everyone is welcome!


This year’s conference theme, Intersectionality in Action, will provide a framework for conversations that explore power, privilege, discrimination, and systems of oppression as they relate to the numerous identities an individual or group may claim or relate to.


New this year will be a professional development opportunity that will include a four-hour training on cultural proficiency, a networking luncheon and a panel discussion with MnSCU Chief Diversity Officers.  The event is the result of collaboration with the MnSCU Office of Equity and Diversity, St. Cloud State University Multicultural Student Services and the St. Cloud State University Community Anti-Racism Education (CARE) Initiative.  The track theme is “Cultural proficiency and strategic diversity as tools for building a high impact praxis.”  Participants will explore the unique power dynamics of culture and race; examine definition and examples of cultural racism and socialization; explore the dynamics of cultural destructiveness, cultural incapacity, color-blindness and cultural competence; and learn from and network with equity and diversity professionals in education.  Please see (Staff Professional Development Track) for registration information to attend only this event (Friday, January 29, 2016, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.) and not participate in the entire Power in Diversity Leadership Conference.


While there is no dress code while attending the conference, participants may choose professional dress on Friday, January 29, due to the Diversity Job and Internship Fair and Graduate School Resource Fair.  Participants are invited to dress in cultural/traditional clothing on Saturday, January 30.


Please see the links below for additional information about the conference:

To register:

To register for the Staff Professional Development Track only:


The 2016 keynote speakers for the Power in Diversity Leadership Conference. Click here for more information about them.

Steve Birdine
Ted Robinson
Hoan Do
Harvey Katz
Sandra Kim

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