Diversity Reboot Summit

Being an Activist for Communities Outside of Your Own

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Being an Activist for Communities Outside of Your Own

Author and LGBT+ Educator Kryss Shane and Adjunct Professor of Jewish Studies Dr. Karen L. Uslin take a deep dive into how to be an activist for a community you are not a part of. Kryss and Karen will address such questions as, 'How do you respond when someone assumes you are a member of the group due to your activism?' and 'Are there any aspects of this work you do not do because you do not feel qualified as a non-member of the group?'

Meet The Speakers

Kryss Shane
Kryss Shane
Author and LGBT+ Educator
Diversity & Inclusion | Writer | Curriculum and Instructional Designer | Public Speaker | Consultant I have worked for 25+ years as an LGBT+ activist and use my masters degrees to fight for equality and recognition of minority groups and individuals. I am an educator, teaching at Columbia University and at Brandman University. In addition, I conduct professional lectures and trainings teaching key members of universities, agencies, and companies how to make their workplace and workforce more inclusive. I continue to actively advocate for LGBT rights on the local, state, federal, and international levels. As a writer and public speaker, I have been nominated for a national award for my work. As a public speaker, I've appeared consistently on major market radio, on national television programs, given nationally attended webinars and symposia presentations, and have spoken at national and international conferences and events throughout the nation. As a consultant, I have worked with numerous national and local brands, universities, schools, and community organizations to identify and correct outdated or non-existent policy and procedure weaknesses and to create and implement new methods of evaluating and solving existing diversity difficulties in order to minimize problems and maximize profit and employee retention. I am also a highly experienced course and program developer for education institutions and private industry. I apply instructional design models including
Dr. Karen L. Uslin Ph.D.
Dr. Karen L. Uslin Ph.D.
Adjunct Professor Music History, Rowan University and Adjunct Professor

Karen has spent almost twenty years in the fields of Holocaust Studies, Catholic-Jewish relations, Jewish Studies and Musicology. She has recently accepted a position as the Director of Research for the Defiant Requiem Foundation, which focuses on preserving the legacy of musicians from the Terezin concentration camp. Karen is also currently adjunct professor of Musicology at Rowan University and Adjunct Professor of Jewish Studies at Stockton.

Since receiving her PhD from Catholic University in 2015, Karen has become known for speaking both in the United States and Europe on interreligious relations and Genocide studies. She is also a frequent guest on the podcast History Hack, and has several upcoming podcasts that will be released. Karen has presented at various conferences both nationally and internationally. Once the pandemic is over, Karen will be spending a month as a fellow at Uppsala University in Sweden as a visiting fellow to research Jewish culture in Sweden post-World War II.

Maryella Marie
Maryella Marie
Virtual Event Moderator, PowerToFly

Maryella Marie [she/her] is a renaissance womxn and social impact multimedia producer who has spent a decade working with diverse technologists, independent artists, and divergent innovators across the globe to deepen their audiences’ emotional intelligence. Sharing the virtual stage with disruptive leaders such as Deepak Chopra, Rha Goddess, Deepa Purushothaman, Katharine Zaleski, and many more, she curates meaningful conversations and installations centered around belonging, amplifies underserved and underheard voices, and develops provocative initiatives that bridge our shared stories + connect us to an enlightened state of awareness.