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Investing In Yourself, Unlocking Your Creativity

The 2023 Trailblazers of Color Leadership Conference (TOCLC) theme is "Investing In Yourself, Unlocking Your Creativity,” which works to dismantle systems of oppression that have previously rejected the creativity of BIPOC communities by urging us to look inward, discovering our unique skills, perspectives, and abilities while navigating the ways we can incorporate them in achieving our goals. The conference will center on how to trust in yourself and your work and use your passions to create opportunities for yourself.

Registration Fees
•Free for all MHC and Five College students, faculty, and staff
•$15 for non Five College attendees
•$8 per person for groups with 10 or more attendees
*Keynote speaker is FREE and open to non conference attendees
Contact or call 413-538-2550 to take advantage of the group discount.

The registration fee includes breakfast, lunch, conference swag, entrance to the POC Business Expo and a ticket to the VIP meet-and-greet with the keynote speakers.


About the Conference

The SGA Students of Color Committee prides itself on creating spaces where students can continue to question, challenge and cultivate their minds in order to advance personal growth, commitment, and social advocacy for historically underrepresented communities. In addition, we strive to encourage open dialogues and raise consciousness about issues and intersections prevalent in modern-day society regarding race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and many more identities. We aim to meet these goals by continuing to open the event to all individuals. The primary audience is self-identifying women and gender minorities of color age 9th grade and up from the Five­ Colleges, the Pioneer Valley Community, and beyond.

Coordinated in collaboration with the Division of Student Life, the Office of Community and Belonging and the Weissman Center for Leadership.

Ready to Get Involved?


Registration and Breakfast

Sat, Apr 1, 2023 9am to 10am

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Come pick up your registration packet which includes a TOCLC tote bag, pen, notebook, and other goodies while enjoying a continental breakfast.

Mary Woolley Hall, Chapin Auditorium


Sat, Apr 1, 2023 10am to 10:17am

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10:02am - 10:04am Land Acknowledgement 10:04 - 10:07am Welcome from MHC Administrator 10:07am - 10:17am Introduction of Founder of the TOCLC

Mary Woolley Hall, Chapin Auditorium

Opening Plenary

Sat, Apr 1, 2023 10:17am to 11am

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Investing In Yourself, Unlocking Your Creativity Panel Discussion Moderated by Iyanna James-Stephenson ’15, also known as Iyanna the Model, Alysia Cutting, Resi Ibañez ’11 and Vick Quezada ,...

Mary Woolley Hall, Chapin Auditorium


Sat, Apr 1, 2023 12:30pm to 1:30pm

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A buffet style catered lunch will be provided FREE to all registered participants (vegetarian, vegan options are available). During the luncheon, there will be various performances by Mount...

Mary Woolley Hall, Chapin Auditorium

POC Business Expo and Networking

Sat, Apr 1, 2023 2:30pm to 4:30pm

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During the POC (People of Color) Business Expo, conference attendees will have the opportunity to connect with businesses owned by people of color or organizations which serve people of color while...

Mary Woolley Hall, Chapin Auditorium

Student Highlight Workshop Presenter: Taiwo Demola ’24

Sat, Apr 1, 2023 3:30pm to 4pm

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This workshop will focus on the discourse on embracing amateurism through art to change one’s relationship with their inner critic and cultivate a new relationship with perfectionism that...

Mary Woolley Hall, Chapin Auditorium

Featuring Raptivist, Aisha Fukushima

Sat, Apr 1, 2023 4:30pm to 5:35pm

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Keynote and Performance Raptivist, Aisha Fukushima This event is free and open to non-conference registered attendees. Just Breathe - Aisha Fukushima (YouTube) Image Credit: Jen Lovely

Mary Woolley Hall, Chapin Auditorium

VIP Reception with Aisha Fukushima

Sat, Apr 1, 2023 6pm to 6:45pm

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Registered conference attendees and invited guests only. TOCLC registered conference attendees and invited guest are welcome to join the SGA Students of Color Committee for a VIP reception and...

Mary Woolley Hall, New York Room

Our Sponsors

Mount Holyoke College Departments and Organizations
  • Department of Africana Studies
  • Department of Art History and Architectural Studies
  • Department of Critical Social Thought
  • Department of English
  • Department of Environmental Studies
  • Department of History
  • Department of International Relations
  • Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Department of Physics
  • Department of Psychology and Education
  • Department of Romance Languages and Culture
  • Office of Community and Belonging
  • Weissman Center for Leadership
  • Five College Sponsors
  • Amherst College Multicultural Resource Center
  • Five College Student Coordinating Board
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst, Women of the Color Leadership Network (WOCLN)
  • Special Thank Yous
    Thank you to the following individuals, departments and/or organizations for making this year’s conference possible.
  • Annmarie Murdzia, Communications Manager for the Division of Student Life and her communications’ team
  • Annie Clattenburg, Senior Assistant for the Office of Community and Belonging
  • Division of Student Life
  • Event and Conference Services
  • Marilyn Coffey, Office of Communications and Marketing
  • Office of Community and Belonging
  • Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Office of Student Involvement
  • Office of the President
  • Tim Dietrick, Technical Director / Production Manager and the student stage crew
  • Weissman Center for Leadership
    And all those who volunteered to make this event a possible!
  • SGA Students of Color Committee
  • Maelyn Brade
  • Kelechi Ezeugw, co-chair
  • Akosua Frimpong
  • Ahmaya Graves-Young
  • Meghna Karmacharya
  • Tasia Matthews
  • Sabina Miezah
  • Valeria Serna-Solis, co-chair
  • Pearl Young
  • Advisors
  • Latrina L. Denson, Associate Dean of Students, Executive Director for COmmunity and Belonging
  • Katie Dick, Graduate Assistant for Residential Community and Belonging