Desiree Erchick '17

Major: Japanese and French
Hometown:Alliance, OH

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Not Another Statistic Diversity Conference: Stay Woke

Not Another Statistics Conference

The University of Mount Union will host the tenth annual Not Another Statistic Diversity Conference from November 11, 2017. The theme of the conference this year, Stay Woke, is something we hope will inspire all who attend to learn and grow together at the conference and then go back to their respective communities to live out the change they would like to see while encouraging others to do the same.

Keynote Information

Keynote Speaker: Jill is Black

Jill is Black is a writer, blogger, and facilitator/trainer/lecturer, focusing on issues of Race, Power, and Privilege in modern-day America. Jill was born in Oakland, raised in Alabama, and recently relocated to Atlanta. Jill has facilitated over 200 trainings in her role as half of the mother/daughter training consultation business, The Griot. These trainings were facilitated to several community-based nonprofit organizations, including Women’s Cancer Resource Center in Oakland and a detention facility in Richmond, California. Her focus is Cultural Humility and Reproductive Justice. Jill is a graduate of Oregon State University, with a focus in Cultural Intersections and Natural Resources.

Jill is Black amassed a diverse following via her social media account, @jillisblack — where her social commentary is centered around inner and outer-community hierarchies, the myth of white fragility and other words for racism, the endlessly-pending and highly-exclusive revolution, and dating and relationships through the eyes of social media. Jill is Black has been featured in The Tenth Magazine, 4th Edition, as well as the inaugural edition of Hannah Magazine. It is Jill’s belief that the shift away from anti-blackness will begin with an outpouring of radical, multi-generational, inclusive and validating honesty. This is the revolution she wishes to be invited to.

Keynote Title: “Are We Tired Yet?”

Sponsored by the University’s Dean of Students Office, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and Student Senate and hosted by the Mount Union Diversity Council and Student Senate, this conference is an opportunity for college students from across the state to come together and explore diversity on college campuses from a wide variety of perspectives. The Student Diversity Council is comprised of the following groups:

  • Association of International Students (AIS)
  • Black Student Union (BSU)
  • Gender Equity Matters (GEM)
  • GSA/PRIDE
  • Hispanic Organization Latino America (HOLA)
  • Spiritual Life Leadership (SLL)

Conference Location and Accommodations

The Not Another Statistic Diversity Conference will take place on the University of Mount Union campus. The University address is 1972 Clark Avenue Alliance, Ohio 44601.

Hotel Rooms are available at the Comfort Inn, the Holiday Inn Express, and the Hamptons Inn and Suites in Alliance at a discounted rate. (The actual rates are listed by the hotel name). Accessible rooms are also available. Reservations should be made as soon as possible with the appropriate hotel, as rooms are limited.

Comfort Inn - $100 per night 

2500 W. State St. 
Alliance , Ohio 44601 
(330) 821-5555

Hampton Inn and Suites Alliance - $96 per night 

1831 W. State St.
Alliance, Ohio 44601 
(330) 680-4052

Holiday Inn Express - $95 per night 

2341 W. State St. 
Alliance, Ohio 44601
(330) 821-6700


Schedule

Saturday, November 11, 2017

  • 9 a.m. Registration begins, Giese Center for the Performing Arts
  • 9:45 - 10:45 a.m. Keynote Speech, JillisBlack
  • 11 a.m. -2 p.m. Session One
  • Noon - 1 p.m. Lunch
  • 1:15 -2:15 p.m. Session Two
  • 2:25 - 3:25pm Session Three
  • 3:35 - 4:20 p.m. Creating a Plan of Action
  • 4:30 - 5:45 p.m. Dinner on your own
  • 6 - 7 p.m. Comedy Show, JessHilarious

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