Students from several Minnesota colleges and universities joined a few students from other states January 23-26 at St. Cloud State Universities’ Atwood Memorial Center for the fifth annual Power in Diversity Leadership Conference (PDLC). This year’s theme was Today’s Vision: Tomorrow’s Reality.
Each year, several keynote speakers are invited to address various issues related to diversity. The six speakers for this year included Tou Ger Bennett Xiong, Consuelo Castillo Kickbusch, Laverne Cox, Joshua Fredburg, Nontombi Naomi Tutu and Jeff Johnson.
One of the most anticipated speakers for the weekend was Johnson, an award-winning investigative journalist, social activist and political commentator. Johnson is a regular contributor to MSNBC and a contributor to the Grio, an African American website that is owned by NBC. Johnson believes that the term diversity has been co-opted by those who don’t even want diversity.
Photo and caption by James L. Stroud, Jr.