St. Cloud State University’s Multicultural Student Services, along with Student’s United, LeadMN and Minnesota State Office of Equity and Inclusion, presented the 14th annual Power in Diversity Leadership Conference on Jan. 26-28 at St. Cloud State.
The 2023 Power in Diversity Leadership Conference featured the theme “Solidarity in Action,” which guided the direction of keynote speakers, workshops and trainings. The annual conference shifted its model slightly in 2023 while going back to the basics of featuring grassroots organizing, advocacy work and community building.
During the conference, participants had opportunities to earn Leadership Badge for completion of the Power in Diversity Leadership Conference with an additional track to earn an Advocacy Badge. The conference also offered workshops and trainings for attendees to develop the critical skills necessary to engage in numerous types of social justice work, develop their activism, enhance community organizing skills, integrate self-care and practice personal reflection. Participants also expanded their network by connecting with local and regional organizations.
The Power in Diversity Leadership Conference kicked off Jan. 26 with a gathering in the Atwood Underground featuring bowling, billiards and more. The conference continued Jan. 27 with an opening ceremony, remarks made by St. Cloud State President Robbyn Wacker and Minnesota State Chancellor Devinder Malhotra, workshops, speeches by keynote speakers Jeffery Magee, Kristine Frey and Samantha Lopez from Travelers Edge and Sandra Agustin, a masquerade ball and movie in Atwood, and more. Events concluded Jan. 28 featuring addresses from keynote speaker Finn McGarrity, as well as trainings, workshops and more.
As part of the conference, it has been the tradition to partner with St. Cloud State’s Career Center and School of Graduate Studies to offer the Diversity Job and Internship Fair and Graduate School Fair, which was held on Jan. 27 for conference participants and St. Cloud State students.
Photo Gallery: 2023 Power in Diversity Leadership Conference