Select Northwest Indian College TRiO students travelled to Yakima, Washington for the 28th annual Students of Color Conference (SOCC). Alicia Fulton, Marie Sanders, of Port Gamble S’Klallams campus; Alaina Butler, Raven Chafin, Sophia Jackson, Sara Lawrence, and Terry Williams of Lummi campus, were among the 900+ Washington state college students attending the conference. SOCC took place from April 12, to April 14. Alaina Butler featured in the cover photo recites her personal poem before during Open-mic in front of a captivated audience.
The conference is guided by five main themes:
- Identity Development:introduce students to concepts and structures that will strengthen their ethnic and/or racial identity.
- Awareness of Others:these workshops are designed to increase students’ awareness, knowledge, and understanding related to race, ethnicity, and other differences of groups other than their own.
- Skill Development:students build and learn skills that they can use to achieve their full potential.
- Social Justice/Social Activism:these workshops will introduce and/or advance students’ understanding of the importance of becoming social agents of change.
- Personal Development:students learn the importance of health and wellness issues related to the mind, body, and soul.
The goal of the conference is to support Washington State students to become more active proponents of their own education and life choices, and expand the opportunities and possibilities for students to become agents of change.
Concurrent Workshops: There are five (5) sessions with 10 to 13 workshops per session on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Each interactive workshop is schedule for 90 minutes.
Keynote speakers included were:
OLMECA, a Hip-Hop artist, producer, activist and scholar who has been featured on BBC London, Huffington Post, NPR, KEXP Seattle, URB Magazine, Democracy Now and CNN Latino. His work has been featured on various documentaries including PBS “Independent Lens”, and “Two Americans,” a documentary about the immigration issues in Arizona. He has written music for tv shows including “Sons of Anarchy,” “CHANCE” on HULU, and new series, “The Mayans” on FX.
ANEELAH AFZALI, the founder and Executive Director of the American Muslim Empowerment Network (AMEN), a new initiative of the Muslim Association of Puget Sound (MAPS). She also serves as a Board Member of the Faith Action Network and on the Steering Committee of the Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network.
ANIDA YOEU ALI, an artist whose works span performance, installation, new media, public encounters, and political agitation. Utilizing an interdisciplinary approach to artmaking, her installation and performance works investigate the artistic, spiritual and political collisions of a hybrid transnational identity.