KEYNOTE

Natasha S. Alford

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Natasha S. Alford is an award-winning journalist, host and millennial media executive, driven by the power of storytelling to inspire and change people’s lives. As the Vice President of Digital Content and Sr. Correspondent for theGrio digital network, Natasha leads strategic creative vision and production for all original content on theGrio. Natasha is also a CNN Political Analyst, where she offers commentary on the news, politics and movements of the moment to millions of viewers weekly.

A native of Syracuse, NY, Natasha graduated from city schools and developed a passion for writing, public speaking, and poetry when she was 9 years old, after winning her first oratory competition. Over time, Natasha became a news reporter at WROC-TV (News 8) in Rochester, NY. There she chronicled the local rise of Black Lives Matter, the plight of the homeless community, and stories of domestic violence survivors.

 

Now, Natasha is known for her dynamic on-camera interviews where she probed the minds of prominent figures such as Vice President Kamala Harris, Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Stacey Abrams, Denzel Washington, Oprah Winfrey, Gloria Steinem, and more. Natasha was named “Emerging Journalist of the Year” by the National Association of Black Journalists and she is also a Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting grantee, as well as host and executive producer of the original Amazon Prime Video documentary on Afro-Latin identity titled: ‘Afro-Latinx Revolution: Puerto Rico’ (2020).

 

Natasha holds a master’s degree in broadcast journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, and a B.A. from Harvard University in Social Studies. In 2020, Natasha was awarded a Black Voices for Black Justice grant by the owners of the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets for her racial justice work and announced the formation of a new scholarship to support aspiring journalists of color. She is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) and National Association Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ). Natasha currently resides in New York City and devotes her free time to mentoring aspiring journalists and students, through The OpEd Project.

 

Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @natashasalford. For more on media and press, please visit www.natashasalford.com/press

KEYNOTE TOPIC

A Conversation with Natasha Alford: Student Activism and Changing our Future

A moderated conversation between keynote speaker Natasha Alford and Laura Zhou (Pacific Ridge '22), Zayd Aslam (Bishop's School '23), and Connor Qiu (Pacific Ridge ' 22) about the importance of student engagement and activism in diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging, and justice work.

Moderator: Valissa Thomas

Associate Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging at Francis Parker School

FAQ
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The Regional Student Diversity Summit (RSDS) is an all day in-person diversity conference for Southern California high school students. This conference focuses on respectful dialogue, the relationship between current and systemic issues, and the potential youth have to catalyze change. Participating students engage with keynote speakers, lecturers, and workshop leaders from around the country on topics of social justice and inclusion at all levels, and build connections between themselves in affinity spaces. RSDS is a grassroots initiative, organized by students of San Diego, California's leading educational institutions. 

HOW CAN I SIGN UP?

On the menu bar, there is a sign up button at the middle of the screen. It will take you to the sign up form. Make sure to complete the Permission Slips!!

DO I NEED TO HAVE PREVIOUS KNOWLEDGE OF DEI ISSUES AND PRACTICES?

Being a part of the DEI community does not call for any previous experience. You do not need to have gone to previous conferences to attend this one. All we need is an open mind, a commitment to change, and a readiness for respectful dialogue.

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WHAT WILL I GET OUT OF THIS CONFERENCE?

We designed this conference with the purposes of educating – not only through stellar workshop leaders, but through conversations with each other. We truly hope you will leave this conference and have a wider world view, an aptness for understanding, and an aspiration to make change in yourself, your communities, and the greater world.

WHAT IS RSDS?

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