Queering Racial Justice Summit

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Funded by the Creating Inclusive Excellence Grant through the Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives

The Queering Racial Justice Summit is a two (2) day opportunity for students to come together to discuss the deep connections between racial justice and LGBTQA+ justice. This will be open to all students and offer conversations on inclusive leadership, White supremacy, and allyship. Throughout the two-days there will be raffles for prizes, keynote speakers, and the opportunity to connect with other students to coalition build and action plan. Sign-up closes March 5th to give us time to communicate with attendees. The Queering Racial Justice Summit is Friday, March 12th and Saturday March 13th!   

REGISTER HERE: https://forms.gle/bDRfyzBSEd6ni7fw5 

Our keynote speaker engagements are open to all who register, but the sessions are only open to students who register above. Faculty, staff, and administrators should email Oprah Jrenal at oprah@msu.edu for access to the keynote speakers.

Schedule of Events:

  • Friday, March 12th 2021
    • 1:00 PM-Event Begins
    • 1:10 PM-Centering the Summit-Finding your Purpose Here
    • 2:30 PM-Bulaong Ramiz- Keynote Address
    • 4:05 PM-QTPOC Panel-You Get Stronger
    • 5:30 PM-Thank yous and Review schedule
  • Saturday, March 13 2021
    • 9:00 AM-Day Begins-Coffee with a Special Guest
    • 9:50 AM-Cody Charles-Keynote Address
    • 11:30 AM-Session Rotations
    • 12:15 PM-Lunch
    • 1:15 PM-White LGBTQA+ Panel-Anti-Racism in Mind and Action
    • 2:50 PM-dr. becky martinez keynote
    • 4:20 PM-Action Planning in Small groups
    • 5:00 PM-Group Share
    • 5:30 PM-Gratitude and Closing

Meet Our Keynotes 

Derek Hall

Derek Hall (he/him) is a dynamic anti-racist inter-group dialogue facilitator, public speaker, and activist committed to challenging beliefs and institutional culture rooted in systemic racism and other forms of oppression. Derek has worked in the diversity, equity, and inclusion field for over ten years, partnering with public and private school systems, for profit and non-profit organizations both locally and nationally. His passion for decolonized education, human connection, and implementation of racial equity strategies has led him to presenting to crowds of 500+ as well as facilitating groups as small as 5-15.  Derek is proud to have served as a full time program director at re-center: race & equity in education from 2016 – 2019, where he helped the organization develop into the force for equitable systemic change that it is today. In 2019, Derek transitioned into his current role as racial equity consultant & coach where, believing that “changed people, change systems”, he uses his gifts of facilitation, storytelling and community building to increase the racial & social consciousness of individuals and organizations.


Bualong Ramiz

Bulaong Ramiz (she/her) is an unapologetic black and puerto rican woman who is a dedicated friend, daughter, mother, wife, and educator. While she calls Hartford, CT home, she currently works, lives, and learns in Lawrence, KS. a graduate of Wesleyan University (B.A.) and Central Connecticut State University (M.S.), Bulaong has carried with her the complexities of her identity as a woman of color in every educative space she has entered and occupied. A current doctoral student at the University of Kansas, Bulaong’s research explores the manifestations of white supremacy in higher education spaces and specifically in spaces intended to center people of color and other marginalized folks. Her career has focused on supporting students in college, specifically black, indigenous, people of color, womxn/femmes, lgbtq+, low-income, and first-generation students. As a mother, she has expanded her professional and personal work to include supporting student parents and families through her role as a director of a women’s and gender equity center and birth doula. Bulaong has done countless workshops, panels, and keynotes for various communities in a multitude of contexts, always with the same goal of truthfully sharing her experience to empower others to do the same.


Cody Charles

Cody Charles (he/they) is an engaging and passionate social justice educator and writer who believes in having the critical and often difficult conversations, in regards to leadership and social change. Cody believes practicing and staying committed to your own radical truth and radical self-reckoning is the start to making a meaningful contribution to this white supremacists society. We must be bold, courageous and intentional to strip away the delusion that white supremacy creates.

Cody Charles is the author of Black People! To Love Black Queer and Trans Folxs You Must Reckon with the Intimacy of the Violence you Commit, Black Joy, We Deserve It, The Night The Moonlight Caught My Eye: Not a Review but a Testimony on the Film Moonlight, The Higher Education Graduation Speech You Deserve,  and 24 Pieces of College Advice for Students of Marginalized Identities From People Who Have Been There. Join them for more conversation on Twitter (@_codykeith_) and Facebook (Follow Cody Charles). Please visit their blog, Reclaiming Anger, to learn more about them.


Becky Martinez

becky martinez (she/her) is a consultant and trainer with an emphasis on social justice, leadership and organizational development.  Her work focuses on engaging individuals and groups to recognize systemic dynamics of privilege and oppression to create more inclusive and equitable policies, practices, and structures. She works with diverse groups at the college level and with non-profit organizations, and government agencies. She is a faculty member with the Social Justice Training Institute, a Co-Lead Facilitator for LeaderShape, a board member with Class Action, a former certified trainer for the Anti-Defamation League and the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network and counselor-advocate through Peace over Violence. becky recently co-authored a book titled Straddling Class in the Academy. As a first-generation college student raised in a working-class family, it was a deeply meaningful project to research and write about something so near to her soul. 

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