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WCC student leaders present May 7 social justice conference

Post Date:04/29/2016 9:00 am

Bellingham, Wash. – Student leaders at Whatcom Community College invite community members to participate in the third annual Students Leading Change conference, 8 a.m. - 4:30  p.m. Saturday, May 7 at the Syre Student Center on WCC’s campus. Planned and led by WCC students for WCC students, the educational conference promotes understanding of social justice issues and inspires participants to create a more inclusive community. For conference details and to register for the free event, visit

Following the morning reception, the conference begins with a 9 a.m. welcome and keynote presentation by actor and transgender male performer Scott Turner Schofield. An acclaimed diversity educator on transgender issues, Schofield has significantly changed the nondiscrimination policies of colleges and corporations across the United States. Students will then lead a series of three 45-minute social justice workshops, beginning at 10:20 a.m. Workshop topics include depression, sexual identity, communication, racial profiling and bullying. The lunch break will feature Sikh martial arts performances and Folklórico dance performance from Western Washington University. Participants will also enjoy free refreshments and the chance to win participation prizes. An informational fair closes the conference.

About Whatcom: Whatcom Community College is a nationally and regionally accredited, comprehensive two-year college with an accomplished faculty and staff who serve 11,000 students annually. On its campus in Bellingham, Wash., and through online courses, Whatcom offers transfer degrees, professional and technical training programs, as well as basic education, job skills, and Community & Continuing Education classes. For more information, visit

Contact: Mary Vermillion, Whatcom Community College PIO, 360.383-3310, 


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