Women of Color Summit

Unbound & Unboxed: Owning, Asserting & Uplifting Our Own Selves


On Saturday, April 14 (2018), the Diversity Center at Gustavus Adolphus College will host the 2nd Annual Women of Color Summit, to support and empower young women of color who attend post-secondary education institutions within Minnesota. 

The Women of Color Summit is intended to offer women of color the same wonderful opportunities that Black men are afforded at the annual fall Kente Summit - an environment to build community. It is designed to help women and transgender people of color find affinity with one another, help them embrace their intersecting identities, and offer an environment for them to discuss current issues of race on campus their campuses and nationwide.


Keynote Speakers

Bo Thao-Urabe is Network and Executive Director Director of CAAL (Coalition of Asian American Leaders). A social entrepreneur, Bo focuses on creating community-centered, asset-based solutions that result in meaningful progress for those who are most impacted. She has extensive leadership experience having led local, national and global efforts.In addition to CAAL, Bo served as Commissioner to President Obama’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

Bo Thao-Urabe

Peggy  Flanagan
Peggy Flanagan is a political activist and politician in Minnesota, serving as a member of the Minnesota House of Representatives since 2015. A member of the Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party (DFL), she represents District 46A in the western Twin Cities metropolitan area. Flanagan became the first Native American woman to address the Democratic National Convention(or any convention of a major party), from the podium.

Summit Schedule

  • 8:00 am: Registration & Continental Breakfast
  • 9:00 am: Welcome
  • 9:15 am: Morning Keynote
  • 10:30 am: Concurrent sessions I
  • 11:30 am: Lunch
  • 12:00 pm: Keynote Address
  • 1:15 pm: Concurrent Sessions II
  • 2:15 pm: Creative Component [email Daaja Hobson dhobson@gustavus.edu to sign up]
  • 2:45 pm: Action Piece Dialogue
  • 3:15 pm: Summit Debrief
  • 4:00 pm: Closing Gathering

*We invite individuals to participate in the open mic session. We ask that interested individuals perform spoken word pieces, songs, or original raps that encourage/promote unity, resiliency, empowerment, and community for women of color. Please email Janet Jennings, assistant director of the Diversity Center, at jjennin5@gustavus.edu to express interest in participating in the open mic portion of the summit.