Welcome to the UCLA Alumni Changemakers Summit: Racial Equity at Work. To attend a session, please click the blue link of each title. All links are live.
Friday, April 30
Summit Welcome featuring University of California President Michael V. Drake, Ph.D. and UCLA Campus Leaders (Video)
Welcoming remarks and reflections from UCLA alumni and campus leadership
9 a.m. || Coffee Break with Asian Pacific Alumni of UCLA
Kick-start your Friday morning with a coffee break social with Asian Pacific Alumni of UCLA.
12:15 p.m. || Changemakers in the C-Suite: Courageous Conversations with Chief Diversity Officers
Many companies and organizations have reacted to the national conversations on racial injustices with not just statements of support but promises to change the way they operate. As a result, many are suddenly searching for their first chief diversity/equity/inclusion officer (CDO). CDOs are tasked to create organizational change while confronting long-held systemic, cultural and interpersonal barriers at every level. Join for some “real” talk on the “real” work of CDOs as they share their inspiring experiences on implementing systemic changes that benefit individuals, organizations, and the communities they serve.
2 p.m. || Building an Anti-Racist Workplace (Video)
To achieve equity in the workplace, it is not enough to just acknowledge that racism exists. Change-makers can build an anti-racist workplace by identifying pervasive racist structures embedded in company practices and leading organizational changes to address them. Attendees will learn from a panel of experts on what it takes to lead with an anti-racist framework, and understand how they can work towards eradicating racism in their respective workplaces.
4 p.m. || Highs and Lows of Being a Diversity Consultant
Diversity consultants enter a workplace, create an assessment of current demographics and company goals, and provide recommendations on how to reach those goals. Consultant responsibilities center around the inclusion of all in the workplace, leveraging skills to ensure hiring equality from one business to the next. This role includes duties like revising company policy and using analytical data. A diversity consultant may also be responsible for engaging the public through a company’s media channels, working as a PR agent to bolster the brand’s image.
5:30 p.m. || Networking Mixer with American Indian Alumni of UCLA
Meet other Native Bruins and learn more on how to get involved with American Indian Alumni of UCLA (AIA UCLA). Hosted by the president of AIA UCLA, Ellen Harju.
6:30 p.m. || Affinity Networking Space: Queer, Trans, Black, Indigenous People of Color (QTBIPOC) Changemakers
Though their legacies have often been erased, Queer, Trans, Black, Indigenous People of Color (QTBIPOC) have been at the forefront of America’s battles for justice. Hosted by UCLA Lambda (LGBTQ+) Alumni Association, this is a space to network with changemakers who continually subvert systemic racism in their workplaces, have thoughtful conversations on the topics discussed at the summit and celebrate their continued legacy of innovation.
This is a predominantly Queer, Trans, Black, Indigenous and Person of Color developed space that serves those who share the specified identity. We respectfully request that allies or accomplices do not register.
Saturday, May 1
9 a.m. || Cafecito con UCLA Latino Alumni Association
Meet our Latino/a/x Bruin familia and learn more on how to get involved with our 2019 Network of the Year, UCLA Latino Alumni Association (ULAA). Hosted by the president of ULAA, Janette Palacios.
11 a.m. || Mobilizing Employee Resource Groups
Many Bruins lead and participate in Employee Resource Groups, which become a nexus of engagement and advocacy within their organizations. ERGs bring employees together for casual connection, however, in times of social upheaval, ERGs become centers of care and advocacy. Hear from Bruins who will share how they serve their organizations, prioritize issues and opportunities, and how they become advocates for their communities.
12 p.m. || Forming a DEI Council – A Collective Toolbox
As the calls for racial equity and community accountability within our institutions deepen, DEI Councils can be a powerful space to meet these justice efforts.
This session is for participants who have interest or want to start DEI advisory boards in their workspaces. We will begin with a collective dialogue and prompts to align the intentions of our time together. After discussing factors of how to assess whether your organization is ready for a DEI Council, we will go over key elements in developing the foundations of an organization’s charter: mission, goals, budget, group responsibilities, and operating agreements. Through a share back of some case studies, we will engage in a group conversation of some common challenges and shared strategies in the process of establishing a DEI Council. To allow for time for peer-to-peer learning, folks will engage in breakout room discussions with a set of guided questions to help deepen the work. We will wrap up with a group shareback of tools, strategies and tips to support the creation and sustainability of such a Council at your job.
This informative workshop will be led by SHIFT — a woman of color owned, racial & gender equity group committed to centering infinite possibilities, care, studentship, compassionate accountability and true relationship building within the work. Read more about their workshop, trainings and consult in their bio or by visiting www.shiftingculture.co / @shiftconsultingco.
1 p.m. || Leading with Purpose, Care and Vision During Times of Social Change (Video)
Global events and social unrest toward racial inequity have impacted organizations across all industries. As employees turn to their leaders for guidance and reassurance, change-makers must employ new approaches to their leadership styles. Attendees will learn from a panel of experts on how to lead through crises and create a culture of resilience among teams and organizations.
2:15 p.m. || Summit Wrap-up & Closing Keynote: Emotional Labor is Not Free (Video)
Join D’Artagnan Scorza ’07, Ph.D. ’13, president of our UCLA Alumni Association, for a reflective closing on the emotional ups and downs of anti-racism work and how we can affirm the loving labor we do for others and ourselves.
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