Women of Color Series - Mia Mckenzie

On Tuesday, April 14th, activist and writer Mia McKenzie will speak at the UO Global Scholars Hall Room 123 at 7:00 p.m.

Prior to her evening keynote presentation, the Alliance of Graduate Students for Diversity, a graduate student group through sponsored by the UO Graduate School, will host a lively and interactive discussion with Mia McKenzie. The conversation will take place on Tuesday, April 14, from 4:00 to 5:00 in the Graduate Student Center (located in 170 Susan Campbell Hall). Topics will include anti-blackness and how to address racism in the classroom. Participants attending the workshop are encouraged to register using the following link: http://blogs.uoregon.edu/women/mia-kckenzie/

Jouapag Lee, director of the Alliance’s leadership council and a co-organizer for this event, said, “We hope the discussion session with Mia McKenzie will give graduate students an opportunity to discuss student activism and activism fatigue in social justice movements. As a prominent leader in social movements, Mia will be able to give insight on how to practice resistance against oppression and how we can thoughtfully examine our privilege.” McKenzie is an African American writer, blogger and an outspoken activist for queer people of color. Her keynote speech will focus on anti-blackness. She is also the creator of Black Girl Dangerous, an online venue for queer and trans* people of color to voice shared experiences of identity as well as oppressions. Black Girl Dangerous (http://www.blackgirldangerous.org/) also acts as an educational platform for individuals wanting to understand more about white privilege and racism.

About the Alliance of Graduate Students for Diversity: The Alliance focuses on building a supportive space and community for graduate students, providing networking, mentorship, education, and professional development opportunities. We welcome all people who are committed to social justice, equity and diversity. Interested in becoming a member? Click here to join:  The Alliance of Graduate Students for Diversity

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