Community Speakers

Educate and Empower

Community speaker events educate and empower all members of the community to think critically about our complex world through multiple dimensions to support the continual development of knowledge and skills required for the advancement of equity and inclusion.

Past Events

Building Transformative Responses to Violence

by Mia Mingus

Mia Mingus is a writer, community educator and organizer working for disability justice and transformative justice responses to child sexual abuse. She identifies as a queer physically disabled Korean woman transracial and transnational adoptee, born in Korea, raised in the Caribbean, nurtured in the U.S. South, and now living on the west coast.  She works for community, interdependency and home for all of us, not just some of us, and longs for a world where disabled children can live free of violence, with dignity and love.  As her work for liberation evolves and deepens, her roots remain firmly planted in ending sexual violence.

Mia is a core-member of the Bay Area Transformative Justice Collective (BATJC), a local collective working to build and support transformative justice responses to child sexual abuse that do not rely on the state (i.e. police, prisons, the criminal legal system).  She believes in prison abolition and urges all activists to critically and creatively think beyond the non-profit industrial complex.  Her work on disability justice has been cited and used in numerous texts and events around the world.

Mia was recognized by the White House as a Champion of Change, an honor bestowed on Americans doing exemplary things to uplift their communities. Along with 14 other women, Mia was recognized as an Asian and Pacific Islander women’s Champion of Change in observance of Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.  Mia was a 2005 New Voices Fellow,  was named one of the Advocate’s 40 Under 40 in 2010, one of the 30 Most Influential Asian Americans Under 30 in 2009 by Angry Asian Man, one of Campus Pride’s Top 25 LGBT Favorite speakers for their 2009, 2010 and 2011 HOT LIST, and was listed in Go Magazine’s 2013 100 Women We Love.  Mia was honored with the 2008 Creating Change Award (below) by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and a community activist award for her “dedication and steadfast activism” in 2007 by ZAMI in Atlanta, GA.

Building Transformative Responses to Violence (Tuesday, February 24th, 2015 at 6:00PM)

This lecture will introduce the concept and framework of transformative justice. Transformative justice works to respond to violence in ways that do not cause more harm and violence, while also working to create the kind of conditions that will prevent future acts of violence. It came out of oppressed communities and is essential in our intersectional work to end oppression. What would it take to respond to violence in our communities without relying on state systems? How can we work for prevention and response, individual and collective justice, and individual and systemic transformation in our responses to violence? And even better--how do we actively work to create a world filled with all the things we know prevent sexual violence: healing, accountability, connection, consent, safety, community? What would it mean to build a world where sexual violence doesn't exist? Transformative justice requires us to re-think our work to respond to violence and offers an inspiring and compelling vision of what’s possible.

Living Bridges: Transformative Justice Workshop and Dialogue Session (Wednesday, February 25th, 2015)

This session provides a space to continue the dialogue about transformative justice and how we can begin to integrate it into our work and lives. We will build off of the campus wide talk, "Building Transformative Responses to Violence," look at examples of community responses to violence, and have a chance to delve deeper into the wide landscape of transformative justice and community responses to violence.  

Mia Mingus presented Re-Envisioning the Revolutionary Body and Disability Justice & Reproductive Justice in 2011.

We Who Believe in Freedom Cannot Rest: Lessons from Black Feminism

by Patricia Hill Collins

Professor Collins is a social theorist whose research and scholarship have examined issues of race, gender, social class, sexuality and/or nation. Her first book, Black Feminist Thought: Knowledge, Consciousness, and the Politics of Empowerment (Routledge), published in 1990, won the Jessie Bernard Award of the American Sociological Association (ASA) for significant scholarship in gender, and the C. Wright Mills Award of the Society for the Study of Social Problems.

Professor Collins has taught at several institutions, held editorial positions with professional journals, lectured widely in the United States and abroad, served in many capacities in professional organizations, and has acted as consultant for a number of businesses and community organizations. In 2008, she became the 100th President of the American Sociological Association, the first African American woman elected to this position in the organizations 104-year history.

Dr. Collins presented a campus-wide lecture on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 and facilitated a workshop for Intersections staff members and other campus partners on Thursday, February 27, 2014.

Beyond Diversity: Challenging Racism in an Age of Backlash

By Tim Wise

Tim Wise is among the most prominent anti-racist writers and educators in the United States. In this program he will critique diversity efforts on campuses and in corporate America. Unlike conservative criticisms, which claim diversity and multiculturalism have gone too far, this presentation focuses on how most tolerance training amounts to little more than a feel-good approach which fails to address the fundamental structures of racism and inequality. Since it is these institutional realities that cause a lack of diversity in the first place, failure to discuss strategies for changing the current distribution of power will doom diversity efforts to failure. Focusing on personal prejudice rather than institutional bias is shown to be inadequate for building an anti-racist movement. The negative impact on all Americans that results from failing to address structural racism is discussed in detail.

Tim Wise presented a campus-wide address on Thursday, January 31, 2013.

Not Just a Game: Politics and Power in American Sports

by John Carlos & Dave Zirin

John Carlos, winner of the bronze medal in the men's 200-meter race at the 1968 Summer Olympics, entered the Olympic Games with one thing in mind -- to reach the platform in order to send a message. The striking image of John Carlos raising his black-gloved fist on the platform at the 1968 Summer Olympics has become an iconic image. The image is well known, but his story is not. Dr. John Carlos, along with renowned American sportswriter Dave Zirin, examine how American sports glamorize militarism, racism, sexism, and homophobia and look at a history of rebel athletes who have fought for justice.

Dr. John Carlos and Dave Zirin gave a campus-wide address on Thursday, February 2, 2012. This program was a collaboration between "Intersections" and the Sports Leadership Club.

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