Qualities, beliefs, DNA, environment, experiences and choices make each of us unique. Commonalities and variances are established largely through identity and its possible interpretations. These different facets will be explored by speakers including:
Dr. Mehret Mandefro, President of Truth Aid which specializes in producing fiction and non-fiction films about social change; Desmond Richardson, the first African American Principal Dancer of American Ballet Theater; Nina Simon, Executive Director of the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History; actor Oak Onaodowan; and Ibtihaj Muhammad, a member of the U.S. Fencing Team, on Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential list and a 2016 Olympic medalist where she was the first American woman to compete in hijab.
Other presenters include Jonathan D. Trent, Ph.D., founder and director of the OMEGA Global Initiative (OGI), a non-profit dedicated to expanding global access to potable water, food from the ocean, and alternative energy; Dr. Marci Bowers, a pioneer in the field of Genital Reassignment Surgery; David Crane, a lecturer in Public Policy at Stanford University and president of Govern for California; Dr. Harry J. Saal, Executive Chair of Retrotope, Inc. a pharmaceutical startup; Leila Takayama, a human-robot interaction researcher, professor at University of California, Santa Cruz and founder of Hoku Labs; and David Hochschild who fills the environmental position on the five-member California Energy Commission.
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