Change the Status Quo Keynote Speakers
Keynote: These Numbers Have Faces
Justin Zoradi with These Numbers Have Faces
Justin Zoradi is the Founder and CEO of These Numbers Have Faces, a social enterprise investing in the next generation of African change-makers. In 2008, from the couch of his apartment Justin scraped together a few thousand dollars to help one friend from South Africa attend university. What started small now provides higher education loans, leadership training, and entrepreneurship investments to thousands of young people throughout Sub-Saharan Africa.
Justin believes ordinary people have great power to impact the lives of others. He writes at justinzoradi.com and is the author of Doing Work That Matters: A Small Guide To Making Big Change In The World. Justin holds a B.A. in Communication Studies from Westmont College and an MA in International Conflict Resolution from Portland State University. An obsessive soccer fan and weekend landscaper, Justin lives in Portland, Oregon with his lovely wife Trisha, daughter Josephine, and their backyard chickens.
Keynote Follow-up: Understanding Social Justice as a Verb
Robin Parent with the Cal Poly Center for Teaching, Learning & Technology
Through her eclectic educational background and life experiences, Robin finds her passion for helping to create a more inclusive and welcoming environment through education. Her philosophy is grounded in the belief that engaging in academic scholarship and activism with students and faculty leads to new ways of teaching, mentoring, and learning that disrupts the status quo, which can marginalize or oppress. She believes that together students, faculty and staff can co-create safer more inclusive spaces in classrooms, on campus, in the community, and globally.
Closing Speakers: Inspiring You To Be Yourself
Cory & Lauren O'Keefe, LUVD Clothing
LUVD is a husband and wife owned brand located in the heart of San Luis Obispo who utilize their brand, their blog, and community events to encourage people to be their own unique and beautiful selves. Social Justice work demands that we be willing to examine ourselves and our interactions with others in a fearless and vulnerable way. Join us for a closing session to deepen our understanding of Social Justice work from a personal perspective and...maybe even a few free shirts!