SAN LUIS OBISPO — Poet and activist Sonia Renee Taylor will speak at the 19th annual CSQ (Changing the Status Quo) Social Justice Conference at Cal Poly from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. 27. February.

This year’s theme is Action Over Apathy and will be led by Taylor, former national and international slam poetry champion, founder and radical CEO of the digital media and education company The Body is Not An Apology.

The CSQ student leadership team is excited to have Sonia Renee Taylor as this year’s keynote speaker, said Catherine Arboleda, student chair of the CSQ planning committee. Your message is timely as we look inward to the destruction of institutional racism and other systems of oppression. It will help us understand how we can all move to action instead of apathy.

Taylor was named one of the 99 Dream Keepers and Outstanding Generation Partners by Planned Parenthood in 2015. The same year she was named to the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts’ 100 list, an annual award that recognizes artists, activists and individuals who inspire civic engagement and social and cultural movements in the Bay Area. Taylor was also recognized in 2015 by Bustle magazine as one of the 12 women who paved the way for body positivity.

Planned Parenthood honored Taylor again in 2016, calling her a champion of women’s health. She was also commissioned to write an official poem for Planned Parenthood’s 100th anniversary. Among other awards and recognitions this year, Taylor was invited by President Barack Obama to speak at a White House forum on the intersection between LGBTQIAA (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, intersex, asexual and related) and disability.

The Cal Poly 2021 Change the Status Quo Social Justice conference aims to empower students through action learning to question social norms, ask critical questions, demand solutions, and create lasting social change.

This conference was started by Cal Poly students who served in our local church 19 years ago, says Bradley Kiker, senior coordinator of the Center for Ministry in Action. They recognized that when a need exists in the community, it is usually exacerbated by some form of injustice. We have a long and rich history of students reaching out to their peers, teachers, staff and community leaders to help them learn to take responsibility for their role in creating social change for equality, diversity and inclusion.

In addition to Taylor’s keynote presentation, this year’s conference features 30 one-hour virtual presentations on a variety of topics, including

– Black Lives and racial equality

– Civil rights and reforms

– Environmental justice and climate change

– Health and health inequalities COVID-19

– LGBTQ+ rights and allies

– Poverty and economic justice

Cal Poly Center for Service in Action’s annual social justice event is free to all community members.

For more information and to register for the 19th Annual Quota Change Conference, visit serviceinaction.calpoly.edu/csq.

This year’s theme is Action Over Apathy and will be led by Taylor, former national and international slam poetry champion, founder and radical CEO of the digital media and education company The Body is Not An Apology.

The CSQ student leadership team is excited to have Sonia Renee Taylor as this year’s keynote speaker, said Catherine Arboleda, student chair of the CSQ planning committee. Your message is timely as we look inward to the destruction of institutional racism and other systems of oppression. It will help us understand how we can all move to action instead of apathy.

Taylor was named one of the 99 Dream Keepers and Outstanding Generation Partners by Planned Parenthood in 2015. The same year she was named to the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts’ 100 list, an annual award that recognizes artists, activists and individuals who inspire civic engagement and social and cultural movements in the Bay Area. Taylor was also recognized in 2015 by Bustle magazine as one of the 12 women who paved the way for body positivity.

Planned Parenthood honored Taylor again in 2016, calling her a champion of women’s health. She was also commissioned to write an official poem for Planned Parenthood’s 100th anniversary. Among other awards and recognitions this year, Taylor was invited by President Barack Obama to speak at a White House forum on the intersection between LGBTQIAA (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, intersex, asexual and related) and disability.

The Cal Poly 2021 Change the Status Quo Social Justice conference aims to empower students through action learning to question social norms, ask critical questions, demand solutions, and create lasting social change.

This conference was started by Cal Poly students who served in our local church 19 years ago, says Bradley Kiker, senior coordinator of the Center for Ministry in Action. They recognized that when a need exists in the community, it is usually exacerbated by some form of injustice. We have a long and rich history of students reaching out to their peers, teachers, staff and community leaders to help them learn to take responsibility for their role in creating social change for equality, diversity and inclusion.

In addition to Taylor’s keynote presentation, this year’s conference features 30 one-hour virtual presentations on a variety of topics, including

– Black Lives and racial equality

– Civil rights and reforms

– Environmental justice and climate change

– Health and health inequalities COVID-19

– LGBTQ+ rights and allies

– Poverty and economic justice

Cal Poly Center for Service in Action’s annual social justice event is free to all community members.

For more information and to register for the 19th Annual Quota Change Conference, visit serviceinaction.calpoly.edu/csq.

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