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Writer/Performer Aya de Leon to Keynote Diversity Summit

April 23, 2019 — The spring Diversity Summit offers the NMH community a wide variety of ways to practice and to think about topics of equity and social justice.

Three days of events — April 23, 27, and 28 — have been organized by the chaplain’s office, the office of multicultural affairs and the student diversity committee. The summit features a panel discussion on the topic of compassion, students sharing their stories, a benefit “color run,” student-led workshops, and a keynote talk by writer and performer Aya de Leon (pictured below).

“I am excited to welcome Aya back to campus, especially during National Poetry Month,” said Martha Neubert, dean of equity and social justice. “And it’s particularly fitting given that Aya directs the Poetry for the People program founded by 1953 NMH alumna, June Jordan.

Diversity Summit Schedule

Tuesday, April 23, 6:30 pm, Social Hall
Compassion Panel
Panelists will speak about compassion from their various faith, or no-faith, traditions and will also address the challenge of living a life of compassion. This event is at the end of Day of Care. 

Saturday, April 27, 7 pm, Social Hall
Story Night
Hosted by the Student Diversity Committee and the Interfaith Council. Come enjoy bubble tea and snacks while you listen to our storytellers.

Sunday, April 28
noon, NMH Color Run
NMH Service Leaders. To support education for children in developing nations.

3 pm, Raymond Hall
Diversity Summit Keynote Speaker Aya de Leon
Aya de Leon is a writer/performer working in poetry, fiction, and hip hop theater. Her work has received acclaim in the Village Voice, Washington Post, American Theatre Magazine, and she has been featured on Def Poetry, in Essence magazine, and in various anthologies and journals. Aya also blogs on race, gender, and culture. She is the director of June Jordan’s Poetry for the People program, teaching poetry, spoken word, and hip hop at the University of California, Berkeley. Aya has been an artist in residence at Stanford University, a Cave Canem poetry fellow, and a slam poetry champion.

4 pm, Beveridge Hall
Student-led Workshops