2015 Conference Speakers
Keynote Speaker: B. Cole
B. Cole is the Executive Director of Brown Boi Project, a community of people working across race and gender to eradicate sexism, homophobia, and transphobia and create healthy frameworks of masculinity and change. She holds an MSc from the London School of Economics and has worked as a community facilitator and strategist for more than 15 years. Drawing on her experience as a consultant, Colelaunched the Brown Boi Project in 2010. As an activist, Cole introduced the term “masculine of center”, which is now being used to forward understanding of the incredible breadth of masculinity within the queer community.
A Black Male Achievement Echoing Green Fellow, Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholar, and recipient of the Spirit of Delores Huerta Award, Cole has worked across the U.S. and internationally on issues of leadership development and building social capital for young people of color.
Capstone Speakers: Cafe Cultura
Born and raised in Denver, Ara Cruz is a Xicano/Indigenous (Nahua/Genizaro Tiwa) spoken word artist, educator, and organizer. Graduating from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a B.A. in Ethnic Studies (emphasis in Chicana/o and American Indian Studies), Ara used the experience he gained in campus and community organizing through MEChA (Movimiento Estudiantil Chican@ de Aztlan), Oyate (Native student group), and other organizations to co-found Café Cultura.
Sunny Red Bear
Sunny Red Bear “Luta” is a writer, poet, flow artist, and survivor of abuse who now has a voice that she uses to empower women. Her words of iron are being used to sharpen iron and she is ready for her story to be heard far and wide! Words are life, give life!