St. Cloud State University’s Multicultural Student Services, along with LeadMN, Minnesota State Office of Equity and Inclusion, and Minnesota State institutions, presented the 15th annual Power in Diversity Leadership Conference on Jan. 25-27 at SCSU.
The 2024 Power in Diversity Leadership Conference featured the theme “Inclusive Innovation,” which centered the transformational impact diversity brings to an organization’s creativity, adaptability, responsiveness, prosperity and innovation.
During the conference, which was proudly sponsored by Granite Partners and Granite Companies, participants had opportunities to earn a digital Leadership Badge for completion of the Power in Diversity Leadership Conference with an additional track to earn an Interpersonal EQ Badge.
The conference also offered workshops and trainings for attendees to develop 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. 25 with a gathering in the Atwood Underground featuring bowling, billiards and more. The conference continued Jan. 26 with an opening ceremony, remarks made by SCSU President Robbyn Wacker and Minnesota State Chancellor Scott Olson, workshops, speeches by keynote speakers Chris Collins, Kristen Knox and May yer Thao, evening activities in the Atwood Memorial Center and more. Events concluded Jan. 27 featuring addresses from keynote speakers Marvin and Madison Lyman and Ubah Alii, as well as trainings, workshops and more.
As part of the conference, it has been the tradition to partner with SCSU’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. 26 for conference participants and SCSU students.
Photo Gallery: 2024 Power in Diversity Leadership Conference