100% Virtual CYP Con November 11 to 13, 2021
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November 10 - 13, 2021 Wednesday to Saturday  via hopin.to

100% Virtual Conference

WHERE
CO-CONSPIRATORS
LIVE INTO
THE WORK

About

CYP Con is a four day virtual learning experience designed to equip co-conspirators with actionable strategies to overcome the challenges faced living into  the work of anti-racism.

 

This isn’t your typical conference. This is an immersive experience designed to inform, inspire, support and guide you to live into the work of anti-racism.

Tune in anywhere worldwide
and experience everything that makes
CYP Con unique

from art, movement, music,
small-group learning,
, and more—

all from the comfort of your own home.

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2021 GUIDES

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Brandy
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Myisha t.
Hill

Speaker Kina Reed. A black women smiling. She is wearing black, plastic frame glasses. Her long dark hair is braided and pulled up into a bun. She is wearing a bright yellow, long sleeve blouse and a black, gray and white polka dot patterned skirt.

Kina Reed

Dyan Edwards

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lettie Gore

Speaker Jen Kinney. A white women with brown, straight medium length hair.

Jen Kinney

Speaker Corey Evan Leak. Black man with medium length, black dreaded hair smiling. Wearing a black shirt that says "Phenomenally Black."

Corey Evan
Leak

Speaker Jacari Harris. Photo of a black man with short cropped black hair and a tidy goatee. Wearing a brown suit coat with a white shirt and blue tie.

Jacari Harris

Aycee Brown

Aycee
Brown

Speaker Mary Fashik. A light skinned women with jaw length curly dark hair wearing glasses and smiling.

Mary
Fashik

Speaker Joyce Lee. Black and white photo of a black women with hair in braids and wearing a dark hoody.

Joyce
Lee

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Thomas
Garvin

Speaker J.S. Park. Photo of a Korean-American man smiling. He has short cut black hair, a collared shirt that is light blue, a dark blue tie and a black, pin strip suit coat.

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Park

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Mitzi
Magdaleno

Speaker Nima Mohamed. Image of a black women with shoulder length curly hair leaning on stair railing. Wearing a black sweater.

Nima
Mohamed

Speaker Juliet Diaz. Photo of a Taino Cubana woman with long black wavy hair. She is wearing red lipstick, a shirt with a colorful mix of reds, greens, blues and golds under a black, open front sweater. She is holding a cigar near her face in one hand and looking directly as viewer.

Juliet
Diaz

Speaker Kathy Khang. Photo of an Asian American women smiling. She has long dark mahogany, wavy hair with bangs. She is wearing red lipstick and a blue sleeve less top with a black brocade pattern.

Kathy
Khang

Speaker Jay Marie Hill. Photo of a black women with short cropped cury hair bleached blonde with black roots. They are holding hands with palms together and resting chin on top of fingers. They are wearing a gray, black and tan geometric patterned button up shirt.

Jay-Marie
Hill

Speaker Rebecca Borucki. A light brown skinned women with medium length, black wavy hair, laughing with her hand on her head. Wearing a black t-shirt.

Rebecca
Borucki

Speaker Zoe Arp. Photo of a white person with long, dark brown wavy hair softly smiling and wearing a light pink knit top..

Zoe
Arp

Speaker Weeze Douran. A light brown skinned women with long dark curly hair smiling. Wearing a black knit sweater standing next green vines with white flowers.

Weeze
Douran

Constanza Eliana Chinea

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Eliana Chinea

Speaker Sarah Lightfoot. Black and white photo of a white women with short wavy hair and bangs. Smiling with arms crossed in front of her, wearing a black t-shirt with a lighter hued button up long sleeve shirt over the top.

Sarah
Lightfoot

Speaker Tay Elhindi. Photo of a brown skinned women with long, curly bleached light brown hair. Smiliing and wearing a black t-shirt.

Tay
Elhindi

Speaker Jamal Taylor. Black man with a large black beard standing with arms folded. Wearing a blue patterened button up shirt.

Jamal
Taylor

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Lounge Member
$97
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Early Bird Rate
$147

Extended until November 5, 2020!

$147
General Admission
$197
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SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Four days of a virtual learning experience.

Replays available.

DAY 1

November 10, 2021 | Wednesday


Time (PST)

Activity
1:30 PM Event Opens
2:00 PM Welcome Ritual with Myisha T. Hill
2:20 PM Break
2:30 PM Brandy Varnado
You Don't Need an App for That!: How to Improve Personal Accountability
2:50 PM Break
3:00 PM Weeze Douran
Protecting Your Peace
3:20 PM Break
3:30 PM Kina Reed
Best Practices are a Myth
3:50 PM Break
4:00 PM Rebecca Borucki
Is Publishing Too White?
4:20 PM Break
4:30 PM Jennifer Kinney & Corey Evan Leak
Deconstructing White Evangelical Christianity
4:50 PM Break
5:00 PM Jamal Taylor
Love on Purpose: Lean into Your Humanity
5:20 PM Break
5:30 PM J.S. Park
Grief and Anger: How anger is a righteous and justified response to injustice
5:50 PM Closing Ritual with Myisha T. Hill

DAY 3

November 12, 2021 | Friday


Time (PST)

Activity
1:30 PM Event Opens
2:00 PM Welcome Ritual with Myisha T. Hill
2:20 PM Break
2:30 PM Jacari Harris
The Right To Breathe Is Still On Trial
2:50 PM Break
3:00 PM Eliana C.
Dismantling Colonial Mentality
3:20 PM Break
3:30 PM Mitzi Magdaleno
Creation During Healing
3:50 PM Break
4:00 PM Lettie Gore
Speak Up: Navigating Racist Conversations
4:20 PM Break
4:30 PM Sarah Lightfoot
Shared Responsibility for Inclusive Meetings
4:50 PM Break
5:00 PM PANEL: Art in Activism: A Source of Light?
Hosted by Tay Hendi
5:30 PM Closing Ritual with Myisha T. Hill

DAY 2

 

November 11, 2021 | Thursday


Time (PST)

Activity
1:30 PM Event Opens
1:45 PM Welcome Ritual with Myisha T. Hill
2:00 PM Kathy Khang
Caring for Our Bodies As We Do the Work
2:20 PM Break
2:30 PM Nima Mohamed
Islamophobia
2:50 PM Break
3:00 PM Myisha T. Hill
Youth Co-Conspirators
3:20 PM Break
3:30 PM Mary Fashik
The Disability Rights Movement, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) & Lack of Equality/Equity the Disables Community Faces Today
3:50 PM Break
4:00 PM Thomas Garvin
Rupture and Healing
4:20 PM Break
4:30 PM Dyan Edwards
Legacy Work
4:50 PM Break
5:00 PM Tay Elhindi
Making Space for Creativity in the Movement
5:30 PM Closing Ritual with Myisha T. Hill

DAY 4

November 13, 2021 | Saturday


Time (PST)

Activity
11:30 AM Event Opens
12:00 PM Welcome Ritual with Myisha T. Hill & Mitzi Magdaleno
12:20 PM Break
12:30 PM Jay-Marie Hill
In the Name of Black Transcendence
12:50 PM Break
1:00 PM Joyce Lee
Dry Bones, Ezekiel 37
1:50 PM Break
2:00 PM Juliet Diaz
Decolonizing Spirituality
2:20 PM Break
2:30 PM Aycee Brown
Allyship Is Everyday
2:50 PM Break
3:00 PM Zoe Arp
Embodied Activism: Transforming Shame Into An Engine For Liberation
3:30 PM Closing with Myisha T. Hill and Mitzi Magdaleno

Get to know our 2021 guides

Panelist Awa Mally. Photo of a black, Togolese American women laughing. She has short, closely cropped dark curly hair. She is wearing a black hoody with a white, open front jacket over the top.

Awa Mally (Panelist)

Awa Mally is a Togolese-American photographer, production assistant, and creative based in the Twin Cities. A driven artist, she aims to reflect the truth of her photographic subjects and the depth of their identity and experiences.
 

Panelist Awa Mally. Photo of a black, Togolese American women laughing. She has short, closely cropped dark curly hair. She is wearing a black hoody with a white, open front jacket over the top.

Aycee Brown

is a psychic channel, spiritual guide/teacher, entrepreneur, and your favorite Human Design bae. The work she does in the world is about transformation. She offers people a deeper look into themselves, helping them re-frame who they are, and clarify where and why they belong. She does this through spiritual self-development, Human Design, astrology, and metaphysics. She’s also the host of the Is My Aura On Straight Podcast. 

Brandy Varnado

 

is a mother, educator and entrepreneur living in the SF Bay Area. She began a career in education over 14 years ago in an effort to give back to her community and equip young people with the tools and skills necessary to create freedom and independence for themselves. Brandy is a seeker of both knowledge and empowerment. A serial entrepreneur, she coaches individuals on how to live their best life in real life through robust accountability. She is the creator of The Black Market Skincare and the host of her own podcast The Brandy Was Here Podcast. 

Constanza Eliana Chinea

 

is a Brown Latinx anti-racism educator, decolonization advocate, producer, and certified Yoga instructor who has over 10 years of experience in the wellness industry and over 400 hours of training in Yoga, trauma, and anti-racism. She began teaching and consulting after noticing a need for diversity and representation in the wellness industry. She now teaches Yoga teachers/practitioners and wellness entrepreneurs how to decolonize their practices, create equity for teachers of color, and build inclusive spaces in the community.

She has been featured in Well + Good, Speaking of Racism podcast, Yoga Journal, The Rising Woman Project, and many more. She is the creator of trainings like Embody Inclusivity and Unpacking Spiritual Bypass, and is the host of Decolonizing Yoga & Wellness, a web series featuring BIPOC leaders of color who are taking up space in the wellness industry.

She is currently the Founder of Embody Inclusivity and Project Manager of Legacy Trips.

Speaker Corey Evan Leak. Black man with medium length, black dreaded hair smiling. Wearing a black shirt that says "Phenomenally Black."

Corey Evan Leak

Corey Evan Leak is a husband married to his best friend, a father to three amazing daughters and living in the Bay Area of California. He is also a writer, artist, communicator and founder/host of the Existential Podcast. He has been invited to speak about social issues in various venues such as: SJSU, high schools, churches, local businesses and the Bay Area Q Commons event. Corey uses social media to facilitate important conversations about the obstacles this country faces in becoming a more just society. He has met with community organizers, artists, writers, and faith leaders to help formulate plans and actions aimed at promoting justice and dignity for all ethnicities.

IG: @existentialpodcast

https://linktr.ee/coreyevanleak

https://coreyevanleak.com/

Speaker Corey Evan Leak. Black man with medium length, black dreaded hair smiling. Wearing a black shirt that says "Phenomenally Black."
Speaker Dyan Edwards. A black women smiling with medium length, reddish hair.

Dyan Edwards

Entrepreneur, advocate, strategist

Dyan Edwards is a multi industry entrepreneur. She specializes in coaching other entrepreneurs to thrive in life and business. She is an advocate for Mindset Mastery as a catalyst for change.

Venmo: @simplyshininglife

PayPal: paypal.me/QueenbyDesignLLC

More of Dyan’s work: https://www.patreon.com/dyanedwards

 

IG: @_dyanedwards

Speaker Dyan Edwards. A black women smiling with medium length, reddish hair.
Speaker J.S. Park. Photo of a Korean-American man smiling. He has short cut black hair, a collared shirt that is light blue, a dark blue tie and a black, pin strip suit coat.

J.S. Park

J. S. Park is a hospital chaplain, published author, viral blogger, and teaching pastor. For over six years he has been an interfaith chaplain at a 1000+ bed hospital that is designated a Level 1 Trauma Center. His role includes grief counseling, attending every death, every trauma and Code Blue, staff care, and supporting end-of-life care. He also served for three years as a chaplain at one of the largest nonprofit charities for the homeless on the east coast.

J. S. has a MDiv completed in 2010 and a BA in Psychology. He also has a sixth-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do. He is the author of The Voices We Carry: Finding Your One True Voice in a World of Clamor and Noise (published by Northfield).

J. S. currently lives in Tampa, Florida with his wife, a nurse practitioner, and his one year old daughter and adopted dog.

Speaker J.S. Park. Photo of a Korean-American man smiling. He has short cut black hair, a collared shirt that is light blue, a dark blue tie and a black, pin strip suit coat.
Speaker Jacari Harris. Photo of a black man with short cropped black hair and a tidy goatee. Wearing a brown suit coat with a white shirt and blue tie.

Jacari Harris

Jacari Harris is the founder of Families for All, Inc., a nonprofit organization serving foster and adopted youth. A sought-after speaker, he shares a message of inspiration with the goal of helping others realize that they too can rise above the losses of life and be found anew. He finds delight in helping people understand their true purpose.

https://www.jacariharris.com/

Speaker Jacari Harris. Photo of a black man with short cropped black hair and a tidy goatee. Wearing a brown suit coat with a white shirt and blue tie.
Speaker Jamal Taylor. Black man with a large black beard standing with arms folded. Wearing a blue patterened button up shirt.

Jamal Taylor

Jamal Taylor is an activist and advocate based in Louisiana. Jamal is also working to end racism as an educator in the space. He has worked tirelessly to ensure that police brutality ends across the State of Louisiana. He is an accomplished speaker that has been interviewed by the NY Times, People Magazine, People TV, Dr. Oz, and many other national outlets. Jamal believes in the power of collective organizing and has facilitated several protests across the state. Most notably he is the advocate for the family of Quawan Charles, a 15-year old boy found dead in a sugar cane ditch in Louisiana. He frequently says that when we stand we give subconscious permission for others to stand with us.

IG: @lemmeeducateyou

Speaker Jamal Taylor. Black man with a large black beard standing with arms folded. Wearing a blue patterened button up shirt.
Speaker Jay Marie Hill. Photo of a black women with short cropped cury hair bleached blonde with black roots. Smiling and wearing a blue patterned button up shirt.

Jay-Marie Hill

Jay-Marie is a Black, Boricua y White Masculine, Queer Woman, born and raised in the Bay Area. She is a graduate of Stanford University (B.A) in Theater and Performance Studies and the University of Southern California (M.A., Teaching). In all of her work – as a teacher, mentor, arts administrator, and artist – she seeks to support artists and organizations that further her desire to help Youth and People of Color feel empowered to take on the task of healing and transforming their communities and our world.

Having worked with several different arts organizations in the Bay Area, Jay-Marie always leaves a mark of professionalism, deep relationships, and fun in her wake. Her participation in the invite-only Brown Boi Project in 2010 – a national leadership development program for Masculine of Center People of Color – helped re-ground her focus in a desire to elevate Art and Blackness as a tactic to achieve liberation for people of all backgrounds. She found that in her current position at Robert Moses’ Kin and resonates deeply with RMK’s mission: to create phenomenal art that – rather than look beyond the differences that make us human – both recognizes and celebrates them.

Speaker Jay Marie Hill. Photo of a black women with short cropped cury hair bleached blonde with black roots. Smiling and wearing a blue patterned button up shirt.
Speaker Jen Kinney. A white women with brown, straight medium length hair.

Jen Kinney

Jen Kinney is a writer, podcaster, peacemaker, and disruptor who spent 15 years working in anti-trafficking, including communications for a non-profit anti-trafficking organization in Asia. After living in China for five years, Jen returned to the US with her family and created a community conversation project aimed at bringing people together around difficult topics called, “Food For Thought Dinner Parties.” In 2012, after the killing of Trayvon Martin, she began digging deeper into the topic of race in the US, thus starting her journey into anti-racism. On this journey, Jen discovered her love for podcasting and has started several podcasts, including her current project Story Power Podcast. Jen believes in the power of story to change the world and finds immense purpose and joy in the collective movement toward co-liberation.

Speaker Jen Kinney. A white women with brown, straight medium length hair.
Speaker Juliet Diaz. Photo of a Taino Cubana woman with long black wavy hair. She is wearing red lipstick, a shirt with a colorful mix of reds, greens, blues and golds under a black, open front sweater. She is holding a cigar near her face in one hand and looking directly as viewer.

Juliet Diaz

Juliet Diaz is a Bruja, Seer, and Spiritual activist. She's an Indigenous Taino Cubana from a long line of curanderos (Healers) and Brujas on both sides of her parents' lineages. She believes Magic lives within us all and feels passionately about inspiring others to step into their truth and waking to their remembrance. Juliet has devoted her life to helping people come back to their Divine Self and liberate themselves from the oppressor within. She's the creator of Love Juliet & Co, her brand, APP, and online membership community. Co-founder of Bewitched Living. Juliet has a Master's of Science in Herbal Medicine as well as countless certifications in an array of healing modalities.

Speaker Juliet Diaz. Photo of a Taino Cubana woman with long black wavy hair. She is wearing red lipstick, a shirt with a colorful mix of reds, greens, blues and golds under a black, open front sweater. She is holding a cigar near her face in one hand and looking directly as viewer.
Speaker Kathy Khang. Photo of an Asian American women smiling. She has long dark mahogany, wavy hair with bangs. She is wearing red lipstick and a blue sleeve less top with a black brocade pattern.

Kathy Khang

Kathy Khang is a writer, speaker, and yoga teacher.

She is the author of Raise Your Voice: Why We Stay Silent & How to Speak Up (IV Press, 2018), a contributing editor for Sojourners magazine, the coauthor of More Than Serving Tea (IV Press, 2006), and the author of Alabaster Guided Meditations, Psalms Vol. 1 and 2 (IV Press, 2020). She also serves as the board chair for Christians for Social Action.

Ms. Khang was a newspaper reporter in Green Bay and Milwaukee, WI before spending more than two decades in vocational ministry where she focused on leadership development and training leaders in diversity and justice. She holds a BS in journalism from Northwestern University, Evanston, IL.

She is based in the north suburbs of Chicago and is honored to be mom to three incredible young adults. Ms. Khang blogs at www.kathykhang.com, is on Twitter and Instagram as @mskathykhang, and posts at www.facebook.com/kathykhangauthor.

Speaker Kathy Khang. Photo of an Asian American women smiling. She has long dark mahogany, wavy hair with bangs. She is wearing red lipstick and a blue sleeve less top with a black brocade pattern.
Panelist Kenda Zellner-Smith. Photo of a young black woman smiling softly at the viewer. She is wearing a black head scarf, large turquoise and pink earrings with the letters BLM, a white tank top with turquoise and pink lettering and yellow pants. She is holding a bouquet of large yellow daisies and sitting in front of a backdrop of pink and red flowers.

Kenda Zellner-Smith (Panelist)

Life-long Southsider and founder of Save the Boards Minneapolis, Kenda Zellner-Smith has contributed to the preservation work of over 800 plywood boards and murals created after the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police. Kenda is excited to begin exploring Augmented and Virtual Reality as another means of facilitating conversations focused on the significance and power of protest and street art. She believes this can be done by creating intentional virtual spaces and experiences where the boards and murals of Minneapolis can exist, long after the physical pieces deteriorate and or transition into their next phase of life.

Panelist Kenda Zellner-Smith. Photo of a young black woman smiling softly at the viewer. She is wearing a black head scarf, large turquoise and pink earrings with the letters BLM, a white tank top with turquoise and pink lettering and yellow pants. She is holding a bouquet of large yellow daisies and sitting in front of a backdrop of pink and red flowers.
Speaker Kina Reed. A black women smiling. She is wearing black, plastic frame glasses. Her long dark hair is braided and pulled up into a bun. She is wearing a bright yellow, long sleeve blouse and a black, gray and white polka dot patterned skirt.

Kina Reed

Kina Reed is a Communication educator, practitioner, and community advocate. She is the creator and curator of Hey Sis, The AntiBlackness Reader Project, and Hug Your White Friends.

https://www.patreon.com/kinareed

IG: @theantiblacknessreader

Speaker Kina Reed. A black women smiling. She is wearing black, plastic frame glasses. Her long dark hair is braided and pulled up into a bun. She is wearing a bright yellow, long sleeve blouse and a black, gray and white polka dot patterned skirt.
Panelist KoKou Kah. Black and white image of black Liberian American man. Hair is closely cropped. He is wearing a thin turtleneck shirt and a chain around his neck and over his shirt.

KoKou Kah (Panelist)

A Liberian-American True Fusion Artist raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota. They write lyrics filled with life experiences as a civil war survivor, at-risk homeless youth, college graduate, receiver of racism, and mental health therapy recipient. Every beat you find Kokou on will make you want to dance and his lyrics will take you into a journey of his life not far removed from your own. Kokou’s brand is Ubuntu, which means "I am because you are." They envision breaking barriers between people with their truth-telling songs. Kokou lives out Ubuntu by partnering with Minnesota Association for Children’s Mental Health (MACMH) since 2020.

They created Cazual Citizens @cazualcitizens, a nonprofit focused on providing resources for creative youth, ages 12-22 years old, who do not have equitable access to music education and mentorship, recording and studio equipment, and other performance opportunities.

Panelist KoKou Kah. Black and white image of black Liberian American man. Hair is closely cropped. He is wearing a thin turtleneck shirt and a chain around his neck and over his shirt.

Lettie Gore

Lettie Gore is a Black woman, historian, antiracism educator, and facilitator in Southeastern North Carolina. She is the host of her podcast, “Sincerely, Lettie”, where she educates about history and bridges the past to the present, she discusses racial and social issues, and she doesn’t hold back the truth with hard topics and tough conversations.

Lettie received her MA in History in 2015 where she focused on American history and specialized in Black history and race studies. She also received her MA in Conflict Management & Resolution earlier this year which equipped her with skills to effectively communicate to reach solutions and engagement, mediate and facilitate, and contributed greatly to her work as both a historian and antiracism educator.

Lettie is involved with projects in her local community and is a leading voice when it come to racial justice and history education. One project is through the Equal Justice Initiative, she serves on two boards, and has been in news stories and articles. Lettie has been featured on podcasts, including Speaking of Racism, Her Story Speaks, Existential, The Safe Haven, Co-Conspired Conversations, and According to Weeze.

Speaker Mary Fashik. A light skinned women with jaw length curly dark hair wearing glasses and smiling.

Mary Fashik

Mary Fashik (she/her) is a Lebanese born, queer disability rights activist, author, public speaker, and workshop facilitator. 

In 2019, she founded Upgrade Accessibility (@UpgradeAccessibility on Instagram and Facebook), a movement designed to challenge today’s accessibility standards. Since its inception, the movement has grown and broadened its spectrum to include disability rights, intersectionality, disability justice, equity and unequivocally supports Black Lives Matter/Black Disabled Lives Matter. 

Through a variety of workshops and trainings, Mary helps companies understand how deeply rooted ableism is in their organizational structure and how to implement important changes.

She strives daily to shed light on issues affecting those in the disabled/chronically ill community, particularly those that affect multi-marginalized members of the community.

She was recently named an honoree on Diversability’s D-30 Disability Impact List.

Speaker Mary Fashik. A light skinned women with jaw length curly dark hair wearing glasses and smiling.
Speaker Mitzi Magdaleno. A light brown skinned women with shoulder length black hair smiling. Wearing a bright salmon pink colored shirt

Mitzi Magdaleno

Entrepreneur, mom, creative

Mitzi is the founder of The Creative Spark LLC. She has worked in the community of San Francisco focusing on youth and women empowerment, including the YMCA and Mission Girls. Her passion for art and music led her to creating events at Neck of the Woods and Alena Museum. With The Creative Spark LLC, she continues to find creative solutions for the people that motivate her.

Venmo: @tis3dreams

More of Mitzi’s work: https://www.thecreativespark.space/

IG: @tis3dreams

Speaker Mitzi Magdaleno. A light brown skinned women with shoulder length black hair smiling. Wearing a bright salmon pink colored shirt

Myisha T. Hill

Founder of the Check Your Privilege organization and contributor and Editor of the Check Your Privilege anthology, Myisha T is a human-design generator and MBTi ENFJ with action-oriented justice in her blood. A single mom of 3 differently abled children, Myisha is also a mental health advocate and social entrepreneur. An advocate for healing and social transformation, Myisha continues to center the work of Check Your Privilege from a mental health perspective, using self-compassion practices and reflection to help white folx step back, reflect, and compassionately dismantle their relationship with power, privilege, and oppression.

When she's not guiding the practice of those engaged with Check Your Privilege, Myisha lives her role as a mental health advocate to facilitate wellness workshops and peer support groups with black, brown and indgenious womxn through a restorative justice project she founded and sponsors called, Brown Sisters Speak. 

Speaker Nima Mohamed. Image of a black women with shoulder length curly hair leaning on stair railing. Wearing a black sweater.

Nima Mohamed

Nima Mohamed is a trilingual Black Muslim woman born and raised in Cairo, Egypt. She has spent the last 10+ years leading and educating on Racial Justice. She has lead racial justice work in pretty much every kind of environment and industry: from supporting solopreneurs and small non-profits in their diversity, equity, and inclusion goals, to training up executive leaders and managers at new startups and multimillion-dollar companies. She worked for Apple for 5 years, trained executive leaders at SurveyMonkey and so much more.

In addition to her decade long professional career as an equity and inclusion leader, she has also spent her entire adult life in front lines of grassroots, community activism fighting back against anti-Black violence.

Speaker Nima Mohamed. Image of a black women with shoulder length curly hair leaning on stair railing. Wearing a black sweater.
Panelist Obi Original. Photo of a Black Nigerian man with close cropped black hair and a black beard. He is wearing a black, green orange, yellow and blue colorblock knit cowl neck sweater with a small gold chain over the top. He is posed holding a hand up near his chin.

Obi Original (Panelist)

A Minneapolis-based Nigerian producer & artist. Being surrounded by music all his life, he finds inspiration from all genres, yet fiercely believes that Africa is the home of music, causing him to form Ozone Creations. The thought of creating a home for afro-fusion within the United States has been a dream for him and he is ecstatic to show the world what he and others are capable of creating.

Panelist Obi Original. Photo of a Black Nigerian man with close cropped black hair and a black beard. He is wearing a black, green orange, yellow and blue colorblock knit cowl neck sweater with a small gold chain over the top. He is posed holding a hand up near his chin.
Speaker Rebecca Borucki. A light brown skinned women with medium length, black wavy hair, laughing with her hand on her head. Wearing a black t-shirt.

Rebecca Borucki

Rebekah “Bex” Borucki, founder of BexLife® and Row House Publishing, is a mother of five, a meditation guide, a birth doula, a mentor for creative healers, and an author and publisher of books for big and little readers.

She has taught meditation as a profound act of self-care that can be executed effortlessly and effectively to hundreds of thousands of individuals online and in live workshops for more than a decade. Because Rebekah believes that wellness is a social and racial justice issue, her mission has been and will always be to make mental-health support and stress-management tools accessible to all, but especially to the most vulnerable among us.

As a mentor to creative healers, Rebekah guides her clients to create books and brand presences from the ground up and the heart outward. Her clients have gone on to receive publishing contracts with major houses like Simon & Schuster and Hay House. Rebekah is published by Hay House, the Quarto Publishing Group, and her own imprint, Wheat Penny Press, a children’s imprint of Row House Publishing, which she founded in 2020.

Community service is also an important aspect of Rebekah’s work. She is also the founder of the WPP Little Readers Big Change Initiative, Inc., a publicly-funded 501(c)(3) registered nonprofit, which provides free books, mental wellness tools, and writing workshops for students in grades PreK-8, public libraries, and community organizations.

IG: @bexlife and @rowhousepub

Speaker Rebecca Borucki. A light brown skinned women with medium length, black wavy hair, laughing with her hand on her head. Wearing a black t-shirt.
Speaker Sarah Lightfoot. Black and white photo of a white women with short wavy hair and bangs. Smiling with arms crossed in front of her, wearing a black t-shirt with a lighter hued button up long sleeve shirt over the top.

Sarah Lightfoot

Bio coming soon!

Speaker Sarah Lightfoot. Black and white photo of a white women with short wavy hair and bangs. Smiling with arms crossed in front of her, wearing a black t-shirt with a lighter hued button up long sleeve shirt over the top.
Speaker Tay Elhindi. Photo of a brown skinned women with long, curly bleached light brown hair. Smiliing and wearing a black t-shirt.

Tay Elhindi

Taycier Elhindi is a Minneapolis-based chef, author, and organizer who believes in the power of a strong, resourceful community. Tay began her career in activism in 2016 when she and her family founded Solomon’s Song, a non-profit organization centered around amplifying mental health resources while opening the conversation around mental health in order to reduce stigma. In 2020, Tay joined Visual Black Justice to propel her goal of healing and strengthening the Minneapolis Community by creating easy access to information and resources, such as affordable housing information and mental health resources. Additionally, she works to bridge the economic wealth gap by highlighting BIPOC owned businesses through her writing for publications such as Minnesota Monthly. She believes that working within communities to fulfill their needs and create opportunities while also forming lasting person-to-person relationships is a direct path to liberation and equality.
Outside of organizing, Tay loves to cook, listen to music, and spend time with her friends.
Speaker Tay Elhindi. Photo of a brown skinned women with long, curly bleached light brown hair. Smiliing and wearing a black t-shirt.
Speaker Thomas Garvin. Photo of a black man with a bald head, goatee and smiling. Wearing a white, hooded t-shirt.

Thomas Garvin

Bio coming soon!

Speaker Thomas Garvin. Photo of a black man with a bald head, goatee and smiling. Wearing a white, hooded t-shirt.
Speaker Weeze Douran. A light brown skinned women with long dark curly hair smiling. Wearing a black knit sweater standing next green vines with white flowers.

Weeze Douran

Cal Alumni, Boxing Enthusiast (& Participant!), Music Junkie, Coffee Aficionado, Book Worm & Beach Baby.
Weeze has made it her mission to hold the torch and lead folks on their decolonization and anti-racism journey. You cannot create an equitable, diverse and inclusive society without decolonization and teaching and empowering individuals to walk in their purpose and power.

https://www.accordingtoweeze.com/

Speaker Weeze Douran. A light brown skinned women with long dark curly hair smiling. Wearing a black knit sweater standing next green vines with white flowers.
Speaker Zoe Arp. Photo of a white person with long, dark brown wavy hair softly smiling and wearing a light pink knit top..

Zoe Arp

Zoe Arp is a Level 3 Medical Fascial Stretch Specialist, FST Certified Lifestretch Instructor, NASM Corrective Exercise Specialist, ACE Personal Training Certification Course, Certified Kinesio Tape Practitioner, ABMP Certified Bodywork Therapist, Sports and ABMP Certified Massage Therapist.  She has also done specific study & practice on the Fascial System (think the intelligent tissue that connects everything else in our bodies, minds & spirits.  She graduated from Central Maryland School of Massage in Frederick, MD in May 2010.  Since then, she has continued to expand her knowledge & experience by getting certified in Fascial Stretch Therapy, Anatomy Trains, an ongoing commitment to guided Anti-Racism training & practice as well as a focused commitment to the study of our fascia & trauma.  She has honed her abilities to see systemic patterns whether in the body or society.  She uses her ability to listen, sense & see her clients along with her recognition of patterns within the system to create an individualized plan for each client, individual, organization or community to help them learn to come back to a place of maximum efficiency and comfort.

Speaker Zoe Arp. Photo of a white person with long, dark brown wavy hair softly smiling and wearing a light pink knit top..

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100% Virtual CYP Con November 11 to 13, 2021