Trailblazers of Color Leadership Conference 2022

“Building Bridges: Maintaining our Communities and Wellness”

The 2022 TOCLC (Trailblazers of Color Leadership Conference) theme is "Building Bridges: Maintaining Our Communities and Wellness", which challenges us to cultivate opportunities for our communities while collectively dismantling oppression and empowering people of color through wellness practices. This year’s conference will highlight how to form and maintain healthy connections and simultaneously practice self care.

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 strive for 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 from the Five­ Colleges, the Pioneer Valley Community, and beyond.

Coordinated in collaboration with the Division of Student Life, Community and Belonging, and the MHC Art Society, this conference is co-sponsored by Amherst College, the Five Colleges, Mount Holyoke College Weissman Center for Leadership, UMASS Women of Color Leadership Network.

We are excited to announce that this year’s conference is also in collaboration with the MHC Art Society Annual Conference: Art, Activism, and Politics.

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Opening Plenary

Sat, Apr 9, 2022 10am to 11am

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Land Acknowledgement Juliette Gagnon Strong Heart, ‘24, Zowie Banteah Cultural Center Student Assistant Welcome and Introduction of Founder of the TOCLC Valeria Serna-Solis, ‘23, Co-Chair, SGA...

Luncheon: Welcome from Mount Holyoke College Cabinet

Sat, Apr 9, 2022 12:30pm to 1:30pm

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Speakers: Kijua Sanders-McMurty, VP For Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (R)Evolutionary Love, Angelica Castro

Art Workshop

Sat, Apr 9, 2022 2:30pm to 3:15pm

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Led by Art Society Members and Student Artists of MHC

POC Business Expo and Networking

Sat, Apr 9, 2022 2:30pm to 4:30pm

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PureSpark At PureSpark we help Black men, Black women, and their families along on their wellness journeys by creating a wellness directory and matching them with wellness practitioners. Circles...

Mary Woolley Hall, Chapin Auditorium

Student Highlight Speaker: Holistic Self Care

Sat, Apr 9, 2022 3:30pm to 4pm

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Speaker: N’Yshma Leroy It is important for people of color to take care of their minds, bodies, and spirits through the work of wellness. When we practice a holistic lifestyle it allows us to...

Mary Woolley Hall, Chapin Auditorium

Closing Plenary

Sat, Apr 9, 2022 4:30pm to 5:35pm

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Self Care is Collective Care: Communing with yourself and your community for a fairer world Featured Keynote Speaker: Katherine Lo, Founder of Eaton Workshop OPEN TO NON CONFERENCE REGISTERED...