I'm Not Sorry! - Ending our Unhealthy Relationship With I'm Sorry"
We often say some variation of “sorry” for trivial and unnecessary reasons. This can undermine our efficacy as leaders, advocates, and activists. The overuse and misuse of “sorry” can also result in minimizing others’ confidence in our ideas and abilities. Often, those in positions of privilege are less likely to apologize, even when it is appropriate. In this session, we will explore the appropriate use of the words and how to evaluate when to truly apologize. It is not about changing who you are, rather it is about being intentional in how we show up.
Ayannah Johnson is a first-generation graduate from Union, N.J. She is the conference coordinator for the Martin Luther King Jr. Youth empowerment conference. Ayannah graduated with a degree in Communications from Kean University in Union, NJ. Ayannah also received her Master’s in Educational Leadership from Saint Peter's University. Her areas of expertise include diversity education, LGBTQI+ related issues, peer leadership, mediation training, and higher education retention program. Ayannah is the Director of the NSLDC Pride Conference and Director of the United Collegiate Women’s Conference. She is pursuing her Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Saint Peter's University. As a current Academic Advisor and Professor at New Jersey City University, she is adamant about meeting students where they are and helping them begin their journey forward. Additionally, Ayannah is a huge fan of Beyonce and her grandmother’s macaroni and cheese!
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?
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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.