2018 workshops and itinerary TBA

2018 workshop sessions are being confirmed. Wondering what to expect? Take a look at last year's workshops to get an idea. 

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2017 w‚Äčorkshops & itinerary

8:30-9:00 a.m.

Arrival & registration

9:00-10:00 a.m.

Keynote Speaker: Ron Sims

10:10-11:40 a.m. Workshops 1st Session (pick one)

Empowering Women in Tech

T-Mobile is the Un-Carrier.  We live to break down barriers and rewrite industry rules. Our workshop will shine a bright spotlight on our  diversity & inclusion vision and laser focus on Advancing Women in Technology … are you ready?

T-Mobile Workshop Facilitators: 

  • Lauri Bingham, Director, Technology PMO
  • Shelly Washington-Woodruff, Sr. Director, IT Solution Owner, Technology

T-Mobile Workshop Support: 

  • Jerri Roberts, Specialist, Communications, Technology
  • Evangeline White, Sr. Analyst, Functional, Technology

T-Mobile Conference Organizers: 

  • Kaycee Kiesz, sr. Program Manager, Diversity & Inclusion
  • Laurel Williams, Program Manager Associate, Diversity & Inclusion
  • Anneke Blair, sr. Program Manager, Diversity & Inclusion

Building Transformational Diversity:

This interactive workshop invites attendees to evaluate and challenge their own workplace practices, using industry-leading diversity self-assessment tools. Participants will leave the session with actionable strategies to advance workplace cultures. They’ll learn to foster innovation using approaches that transform how teams view diversity and difference.  

This session requires an additional $45 registration fee.

  • Jason Pace, Executive Director, Digital Future Lab, UW Bothell
  • Aina Braxton, Assistant Director, Digital Future Lab, UW Bothell

Indigenous Resistance: From Wounded Knee to Standing Rock

American Indian and Alaska Native communities are rich diverse sources of culture and indigenous knowledge that have sustained our communities since time immemorial. However, the stories of indigenous people in social justice movements are often unheard and unacknowledged as they do not conform to the western definition of activism. This interactive presentation will share stories of the strength and resilience of American Indian and Alaska Native people across social justice movements, from local to national, through the voices of indigenous women. We will highlight the shared strengths of humanity and the importance of trust and reciprocal partnerships. Together we will imagine a world where love, compassion and hope are more than ideals, instead they are every action. We have been here before, and we are not afraid.

  • Colleen Echo-Hawk, Executive Director, Chief Seattle Club
  • Abigail Echo-Hawk, Director, Urban Indian Health Institute

Empowerment through Resilience: Creating Community through Art and Storytelling

This interactive workshop explores the work done by the student Social Justice Organizers of the University of Washington Bothell. Emphasizing community building across difference attendees will evaluate the role of art on consciousness raising and resilience efforts. Noting the different ways that power is distributed in society we will strategize how to empower marginalized students into becoming more involved and engaged within the University.

  • Jasmyne Bryant, Social Justice Organizer, Student, UW Bothell
  • Naima Shaltu, Social Justice Organizer, Student, UW Bothell

Combatting Islamophobia

Hate crimes against Muslims in America are at an all-time high in our country, with an alarming 67 percent increase in 2015.  Anti-Muslim proposals and vitriolic rhetoric have reached unprecedented levels.  Many have drawn comparisons between American Muslims today and Jews in 1930s Germany or Japanese-Americans in World War II.  Where did all this hate against Muslims come from?  This highly relevant workshop will help you understand Islamophobia, how it is a threat to us all, and how to take concrete action steps to combat Islamophobia and promote our shared American values of religious freedom and diversity.  

  • Aneelah Afzali, founder and Executive Director of the American Muslim Empowerment Network (AMEN)

12:00-1:30 p.m.

Lunch/Create the Change student contest presentations

1:40-3:10 p.m. Workshops 2nd Session (pick one from selection listed above)

3:30-4:00 p.m. Islamophobia Mannequin Challenge Viewing and panel

Watch the Islamophobia Mannequin Challenge video made by UW Bothell students, then meet a few of the students who will participate on a panel open to questions from the audience.

4:00-5:00 p.m. Networking Reception

Network with community partners and conference attendees.  Enjoy great food and conversation during this reception, which invites you to connect and collaborate with one another.

Stay tuned: registration will open soon!