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How to participate in the 2023 UCOP Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Conference: Changemakers

Marisa Hamamoto and Laura Hassner will provide the keynote addresses at UCOP’s first Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Conference: Changemakers.

Marisa Hamamoto and Laura Hassner will provide the keynote addresses at UCOP’s first Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Conference: Changemakers.

On Dec. 5, 2023, the Office of Workplace Inclusion and Belonging is hosting its first-ever 2023 UCOP Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) Conference: Changemakers.

The UCOP EDI Conference builds on the important work of changemakers within our organization — from the UCOP Anti-Racism Task Force to Employee Resource Groups to divisional EDI workgroups — by providing a space to come together as a community where we can deepen connections, participate in collective learning and advance EDI efforts throughout UCOP. Through inspirational speakers and breakout sessions, we will harness our collective power and potential, lived experiences and lessons learned through our EDI efforts to envision action and create sustained impact throughout our organization. Join us on this journey: Be a changemaker!

The goals are for conference attendees to:

  • Experience a renewed sense of community and connection that centers equity in all that we do
  • Develop a shared understanding of UCOP’s EDI vision, by exploring promising and scalable practices and gaining new skills to advance EDI efforts throughout UCOP
  • Be inspired to demonstrate steadfast leadership and shared accountability within the UCOP community to advance EDI and anti-racism efforts

Due to space constraints and technical limitations, in-person attendance is limited to invited guests (EDI Advisory Group members, ERG representatives and staff nominated by division leaders), but all UCOP staff are invited to virtually attend the two keynote addresses.

Keynote registration, topics and speakers

Please note that you must register for each keynote separately by selecting each link below.

Register for “Inclusion That Moves” featuring Marisa Hamamoto
Dec. 5, 9 – 10:10 a.m. (PT)
Marisa Hamamoto, a transformational speaker, mover and inclusionist, is the founder of Infinite Flow, an award-winning dance company and nonprofit that employs dancers with and without disabilities who follow the mission of creating a more inclusive world, one dance at a time. A leading authority on disability inclusion and building a culture of belonging, Marisa was the first professional dancer included in People Magazine’s “Women Changing the World.” She was recently designated a LinkedIn Top Voice and has been featured in Good Morning America, NBC Today, Forbes, and Fast Company, amongst other media outlets. Marisa is a stroke survivor, late-diagnosed person with Autism and proud fourth-generation Japanese American.

Register for “Steadfast Leadership: Lessons from Living with Agency” featuring Laura Hassner, MBA
Dec. 5, 3:05 – 4:05 p.m. (PT)
Laura Hassner is passionate about helping others develop a greater sense of agency over their own lives. She is UC Berkeley’s executive director of innovation and entrepreneurship — an overarching ecosystem for connecting students, alumni and faculty with the resources needed for their ideas to succeed — as well as the leader and co-founder of Berkeley Changemaker®, a 30-course, campus-wide certificate program that activates students’ passions to help them envision their future. She is a recipient of the Chancellor’s Outstanding Staff Award, as well as a faculty member at the Berkeley Haas School of Business. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University and an MBA from Berkeley Haas.

For questions, contact Dennis McIver, EDIB program manager, Office of Workplace Inclusion and Belonging.


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