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“Sankofa: Looking Back to Look Forward”

The 2024 Trailblazers of Color Leadership Conference (TOCLC) theme is “Looking Back to Look Forward,” marking a decade of commitment to empowering gender-diverse individuals of color across the Five Colleges, Western Massachusetts, and beyond. The TOCLC has provided a space to celebrate the lives and accomplishments of gender-diverse individuals of color through opening dialogues and raising consciousness on issues relating to race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, class, etc.

This year we show appreciation for the efforts that preceded us. From the contributions of alum such as Quanita Hailey ‘14, who founded the conference in tribute to her aunt, in collaboration with other students of color, to the ongoing efforts of current faculty members and students who continue to push our community forward. This year’s Trailblazers of Color Leadership Conference works to honor the legacy of those who laid the foundation and actively worked toward the advancement and betterment of our community.

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 toclc-g@mtholyoke.edu 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.

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  • 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 Western Massachusetts, and beyond.

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


    Vendor RegistrationPropose a Workshop

    If you are interested in participating in the POC Business Expo at this year's conference please fill out the form.

    Business Expo Participants will be charged a $15 registration fee (must register as a non-5 College attendee unless otherwise instructed). We will provide each business with 1 table and 2 chairs, expo participants will have one hour to showcase their businesses that are owned by, support, and/or serve people of color. This is a chance for vendors to show off and sell their products and/or services. This is a chance for vendors to show off and sell their products and/or services.

    Workshop Presenters
    If you are interested in participating in the presenting a workshop at this year's conference please fill this proposal out.

    Propose a workshop
    We are currently accepting workshop proposals for this year’s Trailblazers of Color Leadership Conference. We are seeking POC, women and gender minority workshop presenters, or that work with and/or service these communities.

    Most importantly, we invite and encourage submission proposals from all five colleges and the surrounding community related to leadership and empowerment of people of color.

    Workshop presenter registration is FREE.

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    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
  • FAMILIA
  • 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