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This year is the 4th Annual Students of Color Summit (SOCS) hosted by the MultiCultural Center. SOCS is a two-day statewide conference for students of color and accomplices to explore intersections of identity and oppressions, intracommunal issues, and think critically about our social and moral responsibility. 

Conference Time and Location:

This year, SOCS will take place on May 16th, 2020 8:00AM - 6:00PM in the MultiActivity Center and various locations on campus.

We will also be hosting a preview night on May 15th, 2020 from 4:00PM - 8:00PM. 

Conference Theme: 

The year’s theme for Students of Color Summit is POC Utopia(s): Dreams for Hope. We will explore the concept of dreams and hope, looking specifically at who has been granted access to it and who has been excluded from it. In this conference, we will situate dreams and hope as instruments of empowerment. Adrienne Maree Brown argues liberated utopias are only capable of being envisioned when our “imagination is unshackled”. 

It is for this purpose to unshackle our imagination that we have created pathways to provide an opportunity to explore in-depth the specific barriers to dreaming as faced by various communities (Asian, Pacific Islander, and Desi American and Southwest Asian and North African (APIDA/SWANA) pathway; Latinx and Indigenous pathway; Black/African American pathway; and Working Towards Solidarity pathway). The pathways will serve as spaces to address intracommunal issues of the past and present in order to collectively dream a liberated future.

Workshop Proposals: 

Proposals for workshops are being accepted for the Student of Color Summit 2020. You can submit more than one workshop proposal and each workshop can pertain to multiple pathways. The submission of proposal does not guarantee acceptance.


Feel free to be inspired by the questions below and do not feel limited by them as your workshops do not need to necessarily answer the questions.  

Some of the questions that the APIDA/SWANA, Latinx and Indigenous, and Black and African American pathways hopes to explore are: 

  • How has the racialization of ____  folx affected their (in)ability to dream?

  • How do ____ folx experience racism differently in the U.S. versus other marginalized folx in the U.S.?

  • How have ____ folx decolonized narrative(s) of gender, sex, and sexuality to flourish their dream? 

  • How does surveillance, detention, and deportation influence shaping the (in)ability of ____ folx to dream? 

  • What does the ongoing envisioning of Afrofuturism and Indigenous futurisms have to do with ____ futures?

  • How have ____ folx used art (music, film, poetry, etc.) and culture to express their dreams for the future and refuse the systems of power and oppression today?


Some of the questions that the Working towards Solidarity pathway hopes to explore:

  • What has been and continues to be the role of privilege and power in (de)constructing various dreams? 

  • What models of solidarity can be envisioned and implemented in order to move towards the flourishing of POC Utopia(s)? 

In order to have your workshop be considered for the 2020 conference, the deadline to submit proposals is April 6th, 2020 at 11:59PM. 


Thank you so much for your time and we look forward to reading your proposal(s)!

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