• Mission: Recognize + Empower + Change

    We're on a mission to challenge the current generation of leaders and create a forum to discuss the relevant issues and topics that affect students. It aims to foster multifaceted discussions that incorporate but are not limited to the influence of race, gender, and background and allow students to gain perspective through one another. Ultimately, its overlying goals are to help students recognize the complex problems of today, empower them with knowledge to instill a sense of importance in these issues, and motivate them to be the wave of change as they are leaders in their respective communities.


    Featured speakers and performers


    Justin Kang • Executive Director of City Awake

    Justin Kang is the Executive Director of City Awake, a nonprofit organization focused on building the ecosystem of civic engagement and social innovation throughout Greater Boston. Recognized by the Boston Globe Boston Magazine, and the City of Boston, Justin started his career as an associate at MassChallenge where he learned the importance of community building. He later joined Opportunity Nation as a national organizer around economic mobility issues. Most recently he was a customer success manager at Yesware. A graduate of Brandeis University, Justin is also on the Massachusetts board of Generation Citizen, an active Big Brother and a New Leaders Council fellow.


    Jamele Adams • Dean of Student Life

    At Brandeis University, Jamele Adams has responsibility for the quality of undergraduate and graduate student life outside the classroom, and he is the senior advocate for students and the programs and services provided to them. He is also a celebrated poet, well known in New York and Boston area for his work leading workshops dealing with issues of diversity.


    Nyah Macklin Student Union President

    As the President of the Undergraduate Student Union, Nyah always uses her voice to empower others. Nyah will be gracing us with her amazing voice to start off the conference.


    Bronte Velez

    A Posse scholar and senior at Brandeis University, she will receive a B.F.A in May 2016 in her independently designed interdisciplinary major, “The Arts, Identity, and Community Building” that focuses on how creative arts praxis can lead to the deconstruction and challenge of systemic violence, redefine oppressed groups relationship to their communities, land, and themselves, and build alternative realities that contextualize the past, radicalize the present, and actualize a more just future. Bronte will showcase her passion in the arts and social change through dance.


    Ricky Orng Communications Director at EMW Bookstore

    As an advocator of the creative and performance arts, Ricky will demonstrate his skills of spoken word. Come to his workshop, Spoken Work: Poetry of Empowerment, to learn how he takes creative and performance art to empower himself and the communities around him.


    Voices of Soul Brandeis' Premiere Acappela

    Brandeis University's Premier R&B/Soul/Hip-Hop A Capella group - Making sweet, soulful sounds dripping in Honeybutter


    Sixth Sense Brandeis' Kpop Dance 

    Sixth Sense performs dances from South Korean pop (Kpop) music videos. Kpop is massively popular throughout Asia. We think it's important to share Kpop culture because it's important for people in America to see Asian women glamorized, not stereotyped.



    Brandeis University is located just nine miles west of Boston, minutes away

    from both Interstate 95 and the Massachusetts Turnpike (Interstate 90), within easy

    reach of Logan International Airport.


    415 South Street
    Waltham, MA 02453

    Campus Map (PDF)

  • MEET THE 2017 TEAM

    Emily Wu '18

    Co-Executive Director

    Theresa Yeo '17

    Co-Executive Director

    Sharon Cai '18

    Associate Director &

    Director of Digital Media and Publicity

    Yangzirui "Zirui" Fu '17

    Director of Logistics & Finances

    Miranda Hurtado-Ramos '19

    Director of Logistics & Finances

    Tony Tran '17

    Director of Marketing and Outreach

    Daria Fogan '17

    Director of Programming and Ceremonies

    Christof Rindlisbacher '19

    Director of Programming and Ceremonies

    Julie Ruiz '17

    Director of Volunteering


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