Tanaya Winder, Author, singer, poet
November 8, 2023
Tanaya Winder is an author, singer / songwriter, poet, and motivational speaker who comes from an intertribal lineage of Southern Ute, Pyramid Lake Paiute, and Duckwater Shoshone Nations where she is an enrolled citizen. She received a BA in English from Stanford University and an MFA in creative writing from the University of New Mexico.
Daymé Arocena, Artist
April 7, 2023
Havana-born Daymé Arocena is a vibrant vocalist, composer, and bandleader of contemporary Cuban jazz and jazz fusion (fusión). Described as a pioneer of “a new vanguard of women in Cuban jazz” by The New Yorker, Arocena won the Juno Award (2015) for Best Jazz Album and received a Latin Grammy nomination for Best Latin Jazz Album (Oddara, 2018) for her collaborative work with the Cuban, all-female group Maqueque and Jane Bunnett.
Frederick Gooding, Associate Professor of African American Studies
February 22, 2023
Dr. Frederick Gooding holds the Dr. Ronald E. Moore Professorship in Humanities in the Honors College at Texas Christian University. He critically analyzes race in mainstream media and is a scholar of hip-hop.
Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, Scholar, writer, and artist
April 21, 2022
Leanne Betasamosake Simpson is a renowned Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg scholar, writer and artist, who has been widely recognized as one of the most compelling Indigenous voices of her generation. Her work breaks open the intersections between politics, story and song—bringing audiences into a rich and layered world of sound, light, and sovereign creativity.
Jose Salgado, Visual artist
October 5, 2021
Julio Salgado is the co-founder of DreamersAdrift and the Migrant Storytelling Manager for The Center for Cultural Power. His status as an undocumented, queer artivist has fueled the contents of his visual art, which depict key individuals and moments of the DREAM Act and the migrant rights movement. Undocumented students, organizers and allies across the country have used Salgado’s artwork to call attention to the migrant rights movement.
Panel on religion
October 23, 2019
"Beyond Toleration: Finding Common Ground Across Religious and Philosophical Divides" was a round-table discussion focused on the shared morals of humanistic approaches to society regardless of one's faith or lack thereof. Rabbi Zober (Temple Sinai), Ryan Bell (atheist/secular humanist), Sean Savoy (Interfaith Spiritual Center, Renown Regional Medical Center), and Sherif Elfass (Research Associate Professor, College of Engineering and Director of the Muslim Student Association, University of Nevada, Reno) lead this panel discussion.
Angela Davis, Activist and educator
February 6, 2019
Through her activism and scholarship over the last decades, Angela Davis has been deeply involved in our nation's quest for social justice. Her work as an educator — both at the university level and in the larger public sphere — has always emphasized the importance of building communities of struggle for economic, racial, and gender justice.
Gabby Rivera, Writer, speaker, storyteller
September 14, 2018
Gabby Rivera is a Bronx-born, queer Latinx writer. She is the author of Juliet Takes a Breath, which was named one of the top 25 essential books to read for women's history month by Mic. She is also a comic book writer, writing the America Chavez series for Marvel, which is their first queer Latina superhero series. Rivera is a "QTPOC writer, an LGBTQ youth advocate and speaks about the importance of centering joy in our narratives as Latinx people and people of color," according to her website.