Black History Month Speaker: Michael Brown, Sr. – Chosen for Change
Wednesday, February 22, 3pm
In Ferguson, MO on August 9, 2014 unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown, Jr. was shot and killed by white police officer Darren Wilson. Michael had just graduated from high school and was scheduled to begin vocational training classes just two days later. After his graduation, he told his father Michael Brown, Sr. “One day, the world is gonna’ know my name. I’ll probably have to go away for a while, but I’m coming back to save my city.” Unfortunately those words have come true for the Brown family, and Mike Brown, Sr is bringing his story and his foundation, Chosen for Change, to Colleges and Universities across the Nation.
“The name ‘Mike Brown’ has become the national symbol of police shootings of unarmed Black men. For me, I feel obligated to keep stressing the deeper meaning of his words. Because of my son’s death and the justice we’re still seeking, hurting people, grieving people who’ve lost their children to gun violence or police brutality reach out to me. They invite me to speak at gatherings. There is a small level of comfort in being in the company of the wounded, the lost, the other parents who understand that we can’t possibly ‘move on.’ ” – Mike Brown, Sr.
Women’s History Month Speaker: Kalilah Wright: Mess In a Bottle
Wednesday, March 3, 11 am
Kalilah Wright, born in Jamaica W.I., migrated to the United States at the tender age of 4 and was raised in Brooklyn, NY. She is the Founder and CEO of expressive brand Mess in a Bottle. As an accomplished designer and trained architect, she used her Masters degree from Morgan State University and Bachelors of Arts from Penn State University to establish the brand in January 2016 in Baltimore, Maryland. Mess in a Bottle allows you to put messages on t-shirts and are packaged in reusable bottles.
The Mess in a Bottle brand was established to evoke change, question Kalilah’s audience and allows individuals wearing their messages to be vocal without saying anything at all.
Each item is designed and printed at her Baltimore in-house studio space.
Kalilah has participated in multiple pitch competitions and won the Wells Fargo Business Pitch competition in 2016 and the 2018 iFundWomen pitch competition in conjunction with the Baltimore Ravens. Mess in a Bottle has collaborated with numerous brands and created limited edition capsule collections with Warner Brothers Studios for their movie The Kitchen, YouTube, Roc Nation artist Rapsody and most recently Target for their Black History Month collection. Celebrities such as Viola Davis, Serena Williams, Luvvie Ajayi, Lena Waithe, Yvonne Orji and more are all proud supporters of Mess in a Bottle.
Pete Dunlap – Digital Wellness
Wednesday, March 10, 3pm
Pete Dunlap MAED, is an expert in technology overuse and addiction. His organization, Digital Detangler, equips students with tools and strategies that enable healthier digital habits and promote wellbeing. He has found that college students are experiencing overwhelming mental health problems that directly relate to how they misuse technology.
We are now spending 60 hours a week with our digital gadgets. Many of us are missing out on quality time at work or with family and friends as we tend to our digital selves. If you have ever felt like your social media profile seems to be living a better life than you, you are not alone. Fortunately, a growing body of research on our connected lives offers fresh insights on how to live productive, calm lives. Digital Detangler provides research-backed solutions to help attendees reclaim time from their devices, all while increasing productivity and lowering stress and anxiety.