The Oregon Students of Color Conference provides a safe, inclusive, welcoming space for students of color, which includes queer and trans students of color and allies to express their voices and experiences. We are focused on education around social and political inequalities for students of color that includes a queer justice lens to help establish ways to continue advocacy and progress. Students will interact with community organizations and hear from keynote speakers who have created real change in society. The conference will provide great networking opportunities with hundreds of students of color, queer and trans students of color, and allies from the Pacific Northwest!
Thank you to everyone on the steering committee & the sponsors who helped make the 16th annual Oregon Students of Color Conference a success!
2016 Steering Committee Members
Mariana Paredones (LCC), Rick Williams
(LCC), Anesat Leon Guerrero (OSU), Violet Gibson (PSU), Jamani LaShawn Crockett (SOU),
Ahsante Sankofa Foree (SOU), Juan Navarro (WOU), Brenda Flores (WOU), and Maria Gallegos
University of Oregon School of Architecture and Allied Arts,
Oregon State University College of Liberal Arts
University of Oregon Duck Store
Oregon State University School of Language, Culture and Society
University of Oregon Ethnic Studies Department
University of Oregon Department of Women’s and Gender Studies
“As such we as students and student leaders need to become versed in the critique of a social institution that is becoming vital in our world yet was never meant to accommodate all the bodies in it. We need to know how to create safe space in campuses where we can’t even secure 4 walls and a door for a resource center. We need to talk about this because we have professors and classmate in spaces that continually erase us, tokenize us, and ultimately communicate that this space was not build with us in mind. We need to build dialogue about how whiteness is protected at any cost. To liberate ourselves and our communities we must decolonize the spaces we learn in.”
– Ahsante Sankofa Foree, OSCC Steering Committee Member and Board Member 16′-17′
Former 1996 Olympic volleyball player and mother to four children, Dominique Christina is an Afro Latina writer, performer, educator, and activist. She was National Poetry Slam Champion in 2011, and Women of the World Slam Champion in 2012 and 2014. She is presently the only poet to win Women of the World twice. Her work is influenced by her family’s legacy in the Civil Rights Movement. Her grandfather, Byron Johnson was a Hall of Fame shortstop for the Kansas City Monarchs in the Negro League’s. Her cousin Carlotta Walls-Lanier, one of 9 students to desegregate Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas is a Congressional Medal of Honor winner. As a survivor of childhood sexual violence, her work centers on advocacy for victims of violence.
When Vanessa was 13, her mother was put into deportation proceedings after a raid at her workplace. Beginning to get in fights and give up on school, Vanessa decided instead to join the “Papers Youth” Crew, students who helped produce and distribute the documentary film, “Papers: Stories of Undocumented Youth” which led to the founding of Momentum Alliance three years later. She became MA’s first Youth Director at 18 and then MA’s youngest Co-Executive Director at 21. Vanessa is a Skidmore Prize Finalist and a Freedom Fighters Awardee. As a high school student, she appeared on national Nick News with Linda Ellerbee as an immigrant rights activist. Vanessa is currently pursuing her undergraduate degree at Portland Community College.
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