WeLead: Diversity Matters Student Leadership Symposium Saturday, January 27, 2018

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The WeLead: Diversity Matters Student Leadership Symposium one-day experience that aims to broaden participants’ cultural fluency while also promoting informed and effective social justice advocacy. WeLead is open and free to all FAU students and includes keynote speakers, several break-out sessions and opportunities to interact with peers, faculty, and staff.

WeLead will be held on Saturday, January 23, 2021 via a virtual platform.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and closes at 8:45 a.m. 

Opening & Welcoming Session begins at 8:45 a.m. 

The day will conclude at 1:30 p.m. 

Previous speakers have included:

2021 Keynote Speakers

Dr. Bettina L. Love, is an award-winning author and the Athletic Association Endowed Professor at the University of Georgia. She is one of the field's most esteemed educational researchers. Dr. Love's writing, research, teaching, and activism meet at the intersection of race, education, abolition, and Black joy. 

Dr. Dylan Rodriguez, is a Professor in the Department of Media and Cultural Studies at the University of California-Riverside. Dr. Rodriguez' thinking, writing, teaching, and scholarly activist labors address the complexity and normalized proliferation of historical regimes and logics of anti-Black and racial-colonial violence in everyday state, cultural, and social formations.

2020 Keynote Speakers

Dr. Monica Cox, is a professor and Inaugural Chair of Engineering Education at The Ohio State University. Her research focuses on the use of mixed methodologies to explore significant research questions in undergraduate, graduate, and professional engineering education. She explores issues of intersectionality among women, particularly Women of Color in engineering and to develop, disseminate, and commercialize reliable and valid assessment tools for the use in STEM Education. 

Lazaro Mendez (DJ Laz)., is a Cuban-American rapper and DJ from the 305. A prominent name in Latin bass music, rapper/producer DJ Laz started his musical career at age 15, spinning, mixing, and scratching at local clubs in South Florida. He has a vast musical career which landed him jobs as a DJ, Radio Personality, and Morning Show across the country. He shares his story of overcoming the odds against him when his parents were told he would never walk to those he met along his career today.

2019 Keynote Speakers

Jacqueline Battalora, PhD., J.D., is an attorney and professor of Sociology at Saint Xavier University in Chicago, IL. She is the author of the book, Birth of a White Nation: The Invention of White People and Its Relevance Today. She delivers lectures and trainings advancing the understanding of the construction of race and its impact today.

2018 Keynote Speakers

Rosa Clemente is the president and founder of Know Thy Self Productions. She is one of the most raw, honest, political, social, and cultural voices in the country. She has spent her life dedicated to scholar activism.

Dr. Michael Benitez serves as the Dean of Diversity and Inclusion and is the Chief Diversity Officer and Title IX Officer at the University of Puget Sound. He is a national leading activist-scholar practioner and educator with extensive experience and diversity issues.

2017 Keynote Speakers

James T. Robilotta is an author, professional speaker, personal coach and entrepeneur. He worked on college campuses for over 10 years, developing student leaders and higher education professionals before going full-time with his speaking and coaching career.

Justin Jones-Fosu is an internatinal speaker, young-award winning entrepeneur and author. He is the President/Chief Inspirational Officer of Justin Inspires International, LLC.

2016 Keynote Speakers

Joshua Fredenburg is an nationally acclaimed speaker, media commentator, leadership/diversity educator, and author of five books. He is the President and Founder of the Circle of Change Leadership Conference and World Leaders Institute.

Paul Rogat Loeb is the author of Soul of a Citizen: Living With Conviction in Challenging Times and others. He founded the Campus Election Engagement Project in 2008, a national nonpartisan student engagement effort that helped 500 colleges and universities engage their students in the election.

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