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Equity & Inclusion Speaker Series

The 2023-24 Equity & Inclusion Virtual Speaker Series is presented by POCIS Seattle. It offers communities and beyond the opportunity to connect, learn, and engage in topics around equity, inclusion, and antiracist education and action.  The program invites 4-5 speakers throughout the academic year to create access to recognized authors and speakers that engage participants in complex topics through dialogue, cross-cultural communication, and a deeper understanding of the impact that racism and oppression have in our institutions and the greater society. These events aims to serve a public purpose by making this programming free and accessible to all.

2023-24 School Year E&I Speakers

Prisca Dorcas Mojica Rodríguez
October 5, 2023, 6:00–7:15 pm
Storytelling as Resistance: Experience at Predominantly White Institutions and Generational Trauma

Dr. Bernice A. King
February 8, 2024, 5:00–6:15 pm
A Conversation with Dr. Bernice A. King

Dr. Megan Asaka
March 13, 2024, 6:00–7:15 pm
Beyond the Model Minority: Asian American Histories of Resistance and Renewal in the Pacific Northwest and Beyond

Ruha Benjamin
May 23, 2024, 6:00–7:15 pm
Race to the Future? Reimagining the Default Setting of Technology and Society

2022-23 Past Speakers:

Kimberlee Williams

Dear White Woman, Please Come Home: Showing Up as a Safe Space in Our Schools

Kimberlee Williams, Author of Dear White Woman, Please Come Home, is a humanist first and believes that racism can be dismantled through authentic relationship building where a mirror is held up to interrogate one’s assumptions, beliefs, behaviors, and patterns of interactions. With a shift in any and all of the above as authentic relationships dive beneath the surface, the power and harm caused by the legacy of racism can be dismantled.




Tiffany Jewell
The Anti-Racist Kid: Identity, Justice, and Activism

Dr. Eddie Moore, Jr.
NWord: Is There a Message in the Madness

Dr. Yuria Celidwen
Healing & Wholeness as Love, Power, and Resistance

Disability, Race and Identity

2021-22 Past Speakers

Gyasi Ross
Indigenous People, Race, and Education

Dr. Erika Lee
Asian Americans in America’s History: A Look to Xenophobia and Racism

Dr. Beverly Tatum
A Conversation with Dr. Beverly Tatum about Race and Racism

Jason Reynolds
Racism and Young People’s Literature

Dr. Bettina L. Love
We Gon’ Be Alright, But That Ain’t Alright: Abolitionist Teaching and the Pursuit of Educational Freedom


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