I learned that I need to first understand my misunderstandings of others then seek the truth before making more progress in my own growth
I learned to not let anyone bring you down and better yourself. Always have confidence whereever you go
The thing I like the most overall in the summit was the speakers because they spoke reality
I liked meeting new people and learning new things
The speakers were personal and knew our problems
Michael Benitez Jr.
Michael Benitez Jr. is a national social justice educator and activist-scholar with over a decade of experience in higher education. Often fusing hip hop pedagogy, scholarly inquiry, and personal experience, Benitez provides critical, multi-context, and multi-issue frameworks for empowerment and transformation in education. Benitez has served higher education in different capacities with respect to diversity, equity, and inclusion in both student affairs and academic affairs. He often collaborates with leading scholars and activists in the field of anti-oppression and social justice education and visits with different communities and higher education institutions across the country throughout the year addressing issues around diversity and multiculturalism, knowledge representation, equity, youth and leadership development, and transformative pedagogy.
Benitez is co-editor of the anthology, Crash Course: Reflections on the Film "Crash" for Critical Dialogues About Race, Power and Privilege, a collection of essays by some of the country’s most prominent anti-racism writers, scholars and activists. He has also contributed to Being Latino On-Line Magazine (2009), the American Mosaic Online Database (2012), Culture Centers in Higher Education: Perspectives on Identity, Theory, and Practice (2010), and most recently, Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity (2012) — a new documentary film that features powerful stories by educators and racial justice.
Dr. Darryl Brice
Dr. Darryl Brice was born and raised in Baltimore, MD. He attended Frostburg State University located in Frostburg, MD where he received his BS in Political Science and Justice Studies. He received his MA and PhD in Sociology from Loyola University Chicago. Dr. Brice is currently an Instructor of Sociology and Diversity and Globalism Studies at Highline Community College where he has taught since 2003. While teaching at Highline Community College he was awarded tenure in 2007. The next year, in 2008, Highline Community College recognized him as Faculty Member of the Year. In 2007 the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints honored him with the Teachers Assisting in Discovery award. In 2009 he was the recipient of the NISOD (National Institute for Staff and Development) Excellence Award. In addition, Darryl has appeared in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers.
Aaron Reader attended Saint Augustine's College in Raleigh NC, where he received his BA in Psychology. Aaron has worked in higher education for the past 8 years. Currently he is serving as the Interim Director of Multicultural Services at Bellevue College. He has been the Assistant Director of Multicultural Services since October 2011. Aaron received his Master's in Counseling Psychology at Argosy University, Seattle. In addition to his work in higher education he has a passion for poetry and spoken word He also facilitates workshops on creative writing with an emphasis on social justice. Aaron has been recognized as a local spoken word artist who has a powerful, emotional, real, and conscious style. He has been invited to perform in front of large audiences; Benaroya Hall as one of them. He has also opened for well know poets such as Def Poetry Jam Artist Black Ice, Tasha Jones and Laura Piece Kelley. He has a strong commitment to helping students be prepared and succeed in college and life.
Joshua Magallanes, BS, MA, LMHCA, NCC
Joshua earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Northern Arizona University. He moved to Seattle in February 2004 and began working at Highline Community College in Fall of that same year. He has worked in Higher Education for the last 11 years for both Four-Year Universities and Community Colleges. Joshua received his Masters in Community Counseling from Seattle University. He provides therapy in his private practice for Individuals, couples, families, and facilitate process groups. As a multicultural educator, Joshia provides workshops and presentations that deal with undoing multiple oppressions in both communities of color and Queer communities across the state, regionally, and nationally.
Eric Davis is Sociology faculty at Bellevue College. He teaches Introductory Sociology and Sociology of Blacks in America, Race & Ethnic Relations and Popular Culture. From 2004 to 2009, Eric served as an academic adviser in the University of Washington athletic department. Prior to UW Athletics, Eric was the Director of Multicultural Affairs at Seattle University and Director of Campus Diversity at North Seattle Community College. Eric holds a Bachelor’s degree from UCLA and Master’s degree from Seattle University. While an undergraduate at UCLA, Eric created his signature program, RAP 101: The Message in the Music. Using hip‐hop music as a catalyst for discussion. RAP 101 fuses pop culture with critical thought to create an entertaining way to educate people on issues related to diversity and social justice. From those RAP 101 beginnings, Eric has developed into an engaging and inspirational keynote speaker.
As a former high school drop-out who, at the age of thirty six, began college at Whatcom Community College, Dr. Carlos Adams saw college as a foreign, bewildering and uninviting environment. He began college as a single parent from a working class background. Through hard work and support, Carlos was able to graduate from Whatcom Community College as the recipient of the Laidlaw Award for the Outstanding Graduate. He transferred to Western Washington University and attended Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies majoring in American Cultural Studies. Today, Carlos teaches the American Minority and Ethnic Studies courses at Green River Community College and continues his dedication to improving the lives of historically excluded and marginalized individuals and communities.
Michael Tun'cap was born in the village of Aniguak, Guam and raised in Tacoma. Michael was the founding Director of the Pacific Islander Student Commission at UW Seattle in 2000 and co-founder of the PIONEER outreach program in 2001. Michael graduated from UW Seattle with degrees in Communications and Political Science. From 2003 to 2009, he taught Ethnic Studies courses to over 1,200 undergraduates at the University of California Berkeley. He received his M.A in Ethnic Studies from UC Berkeley in 2005. From 2010-11, he worked as a coordinator and teacher for the TRIO Upward Bound program at Evergreen State College. He served as Chair of the Guam Delegation to the United Nations from 2008 to 2010. Tuncap served as an adjunct faculty member at City College of San Francisco in 2007 and at South Puget Sound Community College 2012-13. Tuncap is the former Director of the Pacific Islander Studies Institute, a native research group working to implement PI curriculum in K-12 and higher education in the state of Washington. His most recent work is featured in Matamai: The Vasa in Us (2010), an anthology of indigenous writings from the Pacific Northwest. Tuncap serves on the Board of Directors for the Asia Pacific Cultural Center and for the Executive Council of the Northwest Association of Pacific Americans.