Our Powerful Voices in Action Conference

The Our Powerful Voices in Action Conference is an opportunity to explore the complexity of identity and tools for creating social change through workshops, performance, and dialogue. Whether you are new to the conversation or regularly find yourself engaging in social justice work, this will be a space to join in community, expand consciousness and participate in dialogues for change. Some of the conference workshop themes include: LGBTQ+ community issues, communicating for social justice, social change agents in education, grassroots lobbying, and local agencies committed to social change.

This conference is free and intended for students, staff, faculty, and community.

    Conference Pre-Registration

    Pre-registration is intended to gauge participant numbers and help us plan. All sessions will be free and open the day of the conference.
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    Conference Attendance

    Please review the schedule below and check the sessions you expect to attend Registration 9:00am, Native American Longhouse Welcome 9:15am; Native American Longhouse “Why do I have to choose between my Queerness and Person of Colorness?” Microaggressions, Liberation and the LGBT Community 9:30 am – noon, Native American Longhouse Keynote Kevin Nadal will lead this workshop utilizing participatory activities, media and dialogue that draws on participants’ lived experiences to help us better understand, connect with, and become engaged around understanding the dynamics of microaggressions and liberation for the LGBT community. Break for lunch on own Stories of Queer Diaspora 1:00 - 2:30 pm, Native American Longhouse Storytelling can be a powerful vehicle for social change. Keynote Kevin Nadal will facilitate this workshop featuring a few performances by Queer and Trans People of Color, and engage participants in exploring ways to tell their stories through poetry, spoken word, and comedy. Communicating for Wholeness 2:30pm-3:20pm; Memorial Union rooms Concurrent Sessions Working towards creating a socially justice world is difficult and can often weigh heavily on those engaging in that work. Session during this time will focus on sharing strategies and tools for communicating around issues of social justice, specifically looking at how to respond to resistance in a way that respects the personhood of those we are in community with Passion into Action 3:30pm-4:20pm; Memorial Union rooms Concurrent Sessions There are numerous ways in which one can become introduced to issues of social justice. Attending classes, workshops, conferences and community involved can illuminate the need to engage in social justice work. However, once we recognize the need, how do we respond? Sesssions during this time will highlight work being done in our community. Presenters will share the work they are engaging in and discuss tools for creating change. Closing Reception/ Meet and Greet with Kevin Nadal 4:00-5:00 pm, Memorial Union A reception will be held with students, staff, and faculty that would like to meet and chat with Kevin.
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    The conference is sponsored by the Coalition for Community Dialogue and Project Social Justice-Intercultural Student Services. Workshops featuring Dr. Nadal are made possible through the support of the Counseling and Psychological Services; Native American Longhouse; Pride Center; Queer Studies; School of Language, Culture & Society; UHDS: Diversity Initiatives; Office of Equity and Inclusion; School of Public Policy; and Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies. Requests for accommodations related to disability can be made by contacting Community.Dialogue@oregonstate.edu or (541) 737-9857