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Black, Indigenous, People of Color Summit

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Program Goal:

Create a community space for Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) to connect around shared or similar identity(s), while addressing the realities of being a person of Color within the creative industry. This program will uplift and empower BIPOC voices through dialogue on topics of personal development, professional growth, and opportunities beyond graduation.

Summit Outcomes:

As a result of participating in the BIPOC Summit, students will:

  1. Build a strong network of BIPOC creatives.
  2. Explore and expand upon their identity as a BIPOC person within their own personal development.
  3. Identify individual/community strengths and assets as BIPOC creatives for professional growth and opportunities.
  4. Explore how their identity(ies) influence their journey within the creative industry.
  5. Identify strategies for academic success to provide a successful transition into a creative field.
Who is Eligible?:

All incoming and current students who self-identify as Black, Indigenous, or Person of Color (BIPOC) are eligible for this program. This program is focused on the experiences and narratives of BIPOC-identified persons in the creative field and will offer opportunities for students to self-explore and build connections around this focus.

How to Register:

If you self-identify as BIPOC and are an incoming or current student who would like to participate in this free program, we welcome you to register. Registraiton will open in October 2021. Keep a look out for more details. 

Summit Dates:

The BIPOC Student Summit is designed as a one-day in-person experience that will run prior to the start of the Spring semester. This year, the BIPOC Student Summit will take place on campus on Saturday, January 15, 2022

Summit Fee:

This program is completely FREE! All you have to do is register for the program and await further details.

Program Design At-A-Glance (all times are PST)

  • Saturday, January 15
    Program/Activity Start End Presenter(s) Description
    Welcome/Opening Keynote

    10:00AM PST

    10:45AM PST    
    Break 12:30 pm PST  12:35 pm PST     
    Session 1: Crafting Your Narrative: An Interactive Workshop 12:35 pm PST  2:00 pm PST  Regis Peeples, LAS Lecturer

    Participants will engage in an interactive workshop on crafting your narrative as a BIPOC creative. This session will introduce you to tangible skills that help you focus on what makes your creative practice unique and valuable.

    Wellness Break 2:00 pm PST  2:30 pm PST    Take a break!
    Session 2: BIPOC Industry professionals Roundtable 2:30 pm PST  4:00 pm PST 

    Facilitator: Katie Núñez, Assistant Director of Career Services     

    Panelists: Narda Chan (Vice President Design, Kate Spade); Shandi Alexander (Fashion Stylist and Fashion Writer, Fashion Show Collection Production, Management and Coordination; KCD, Calvin Klein, Prodject); Kimara Mitchell (Creative Director, Quay Australia); Alicia Skehan (Handbag Design Consultant, Founding Member; The Co-Lab)

    This roundtable will include creative professionals from varying industries discussing practical insights that will help individuals as they enter their respective fields.