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- 2019 Conference Speakers -

Dolores Huerta

Founder & President of the Dolores Huerta Foundation

Dolores Huerta is a civil rights activist and community organizer. She has worked for labor rights and social justice for over 50 years. In 1962, she and Cesar Chavez founded the United Farm Workers union. She served as Vice President and played a critical role in many of the union’s accomplishments for four decades. In 2002, she received the Puffin/Nation $100,000 prize for Creative Citizenship which she used to establish the Dolores Huerta Foundation (DHF). DHF is connecting groundbreaking community-based organizing to state and national movements to register and educate voters; advocate for education reform; bring about infrastructure improvements in low-income communities; advocate for greater equality for the LGBT community; and create strong leadership development. She has received numerous awards: among them The Eleanor Roosevelt Humans Rights Award from President Clinton in 1998. In 2012 President Obama bestowed Dolores with The Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the United States.

Dolores Huerta, Founder & President of the Dolores Huerta Foundation

Rowen Thomas

Unpacking and Decolonizing Gender Equity

Rowen Thomas, MA (They.Them.Their) is a consultant and public speaker who has over a decade of educational facilitation experience. They are a Malayalee South Indian-American, queer, transgender, genderfuq & genderful human originally from Houston, Texas. They work to spread understanding, awareness, and empathy about the experiences of individuals with historically marginalized or minoritized identities, with a particular focus on queer, transgender, and gender non-conforming people of color. They enjoy co-constructing research, playing with arts-infused research methods, challenging status quos, learning, growing, and loudly laughing. 

Rowen Thomas

Sarah Rodriquez

The 10 Year Challenge


Sarah Rodriquez is a proud Stryker alumnae, from UNC.  Starting her life in Pueblo, Colorado, she begins an amazing journey.  A journey that without each and every peak and valley wouldn’t have led her to where she is at today.  Sarah currently serves as the Assistant Director for the Academic Advancement Center at CSU.  Previous to that she had many labels here at UNC; she was a student (undergrad and grad), she was a Stryker Scholar, she was a Graduate Assistant, she left to teach and came back to serve as the Leadership Coordinator and then Assistant Director. Note: Marine Biologist is NOT in that list, and it’s okay.

Sarah is excited to get to share a bit of her journey as part of YOUR journey this afternoon. Join the reflection, embrace the challenges and celebrate the successes with an open heart and mind. Let curiosity push, pull, and stretch you beyond your wildest dreams as you commit to discomfort. 


Sarah Rodriguez