Over this last weekend I went to the 6th Annual Power in Diversity Conference at St. Cloud State University. This is the third time I have attended the conference. The main purpose of the conference is to “offer opportunities for personal growth and leadership development to college students of color and underrepresented students through a variety of workshops, keynote addresses and programs.” Students from different colleges and universities are able to connect and get to know one another. Faculty, staff and advisors are also able to work with students so they are able to network and share ideas/strategies for the future.
Each year there are different and diverse keynote speakers and presenters. This years keynote speakers discussed topics such as: education and entrepreneurship today (directed towards the hispanic community), seven key leadership principles to support our rapidly changing world and know where you are going (directed towards low-income students), artists as progress instigators, overcoming different obstacles to achieve greatness, the intersection of race, LGBTQ rights, and the fight for equality, a history of American Indian from 1968 to present and a cultural performance.
The conference also included a social dance every night, a variety show and different cultural based meals each day. There is also a job/internship fair and a grad school fair that helps students learn leadership activities and help enhance their development and skills to get through college and into the workforce. It also allows students to practice their interviewing skills and get their resume and name out there.
Each year I come back with more knowledge on underrepresented communities and how to help represent diversity within my own community and daily life. It was an empowering weekend for everyone no matter what race, ethnicity, color (yes there is a difference between the three) or gender. I always have a great time and I am so thankful for the Office of Cultural Diversity/Inclusion and AOS (located in Commons East) of SMSU for letting us students have the opportunity to go. If you guys want more information on the Power in Diversity Conference I have some links below you can check out. If you have any questions about this event or anything related to the topic of diversity just comment below. I am sure I can answer any questions you may have.
Just remember you do not have to be a person of a certain race, ethnicity or color to be diverse. Each and every one of us are unique and diverse in our own ways. We do not have to identify as a certain type of person just because of certain elements that are usually associated with our race, ethnicity, color, gender, etc. You are your own person and you have the choice to be whatever type of person you want to be no matter what everyone thinks. We need to rise above the stereotypes and help make society a better place for the coming generations.
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“We are all different, which is great because we are all unique. Without diversity life would be very boring.”
– Catherine Pulsifer