Frequently asked Questions
Do I need to register for the summit?
YES. ALL ATTENDEES, BOTH STUDENTS AND ADULT CHAPERONES, MUST REGISTER TO ATTEND
When I tried to register, it said that registration had closed. Is there a waitlist I can get on?
Unfortunately, we are unable to have a waitlist for the summit. Registration is capped at our capacity plus 30 percent, which takes into account the substantial number of no-show attendees on the day of the summit.
I forgot to register/registration is closed. Can I just show up to the summit?
Only registered students will be guaranteed admittance to the summit. If an unregistered student shows up on the day of the summit, they will be required to wait in the will call area until all registered students have been processed. In the event that there is still space available after all the registered students have been admitted, unregistered students will be admitted in the order that they arrived. After we have reached capacity, any remaining unregistered students are required to leave the campus for liability purposes.
Why can’t middle school aged students attend?
Although we have allowed 8th grade students to attend in previous years, the summit is now reserved for high school students only for the following reasons:
Maturity level: The planning committee strives to bring presenters and topics to the summit that speak to current events and issues important to young students of color. As many of the topics discussed revolve around the dense and multi-faceted issue of social justice, many middle school students do not have the comprehension level needed to both engage in, and respect, this dialogue.
Behavior: Attending the summit requires students to have the strong personal responsibility and critical listening skills that are more common in older students; we simply do not have the staff or the ability to continuously monitor individuals who need to be reminded consistently to behave appropriately.
How long is the summit?
The summit is an all-day event, from approximately 8:00am to 4:00pm.
What if I arrive late?
We cannot facilitate late arrivals. Our registration and check-in tables open at 8:00 am sharp and close promptly at 9:15 am when the keynote speaker begins. IF YOU ARRIVE AFTER 9:15 AM, EVEN IF YOU HAVE REGISTERED, YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO ATTEND THE SUMMIT.
Cost, Location, and Programming
How much does it cost to attend?
The summit is FREE to attend.
Where is the summit?
The student summit is located in the Student Union Building (Bldg 8) on the Highline College campus, with adult chaperone programming located in Building 7. Individual student workshops are held in various classrooms on campus; students are escorted by summit volunteers to and from these classrooms.
Do I need to bring my own food?
No. Breakfast, lunch, and snacks will be provided for you.
What workshops will I be attending?
Workshops will be assigned as students are processed through the registration table the day of the summit.
I want to see a particular workshop presenter. How can I ensure a seat in her specific workshop?
To ensure equal workshop sizes, students are assigned a workshop. Students are not able to choose their workshops. However, workshop presentations are thoroughly screened by the Y.E.L.L. Planning Committee to ensure each workshop is equally informative, engaging, and impactful.
For Adult Chaperones
I’m an adult chaperone for a school/organization but I don’t know which students I’m bringing yet. Can I just hold some spots?
No. All attendees (both students and adults) must be registered individually to attend. We can NOT hold spots under any circumstances.
I’m a chaperone and some of the registered students I was supposed to bring can’t come. Can I substitute different students in their place?
No. If a student or adult has registered but is unable to attend, they cannot substitute another individual.
As a chaperone, will I stay with my student throughout the day?
No. Adult chaperones/attendees and students are on different activity tracks in different buildings. The summit is for the students and part of the impact of the summit comes from being able to have real, open dialogue. Please respect this space and understand that you will be reconnected with your students at the close of the summit.
I’m a chaperone who is bringing multiple students. Can I send you a list of the students attending instead of registering them all?
We greatly appreciate attendees or adult chaperones registering themselves and/or their students. Having attendees or chaperones directly enter their information increases accuracy, so we politely ask that you register attendees individually.
I want to see a particular workshop presenter. How can I ensure a seat in her specific workshop?
As the summit is geared focused and created for high school aged females, chaperones are not permitted to sit in on these workshops; adult chaperones are able to view the keynote speeches remotely but have a fixed adult chaperone agenda in an adjacent building.
This is a valuable, transformative event that I want to be a part of. How can I get involved?
If you would like to volunteer at this year’s or a future Summit, please contact Rashad Norris or Rickitia Reid.
My students received a t-shirt/lanyard/giveaway item. Do adult chaperones also receive giveaway items?
Unfortunately, adult chaperones are ineligible to receive giveaways. As Highline absorbs the entire cost of the summit, we decided to limit giveaways to students to increase the quality and quantity of items they receive.
Will all my students stay together if I bring a group of students?
One of the values of the summit is to encourage meaningful conversations and create new friendships. In order to facilitate this, students are assigned to workshops by individual rather than by school. Some students in you group may end up in the same workshop by chance, but it is highly unlikely that you student group will stay together for the entirety of the summit.
Dr. Joy DeGruy
Dr. Joy DeGruy holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication, a master's degree in Social Work (MSW), a master's degree in Clinical Psychology, and a Ph.D. in Social Work Research. Dr. Joy DeGruy is a nationally and internationally renowned researcher, educator, author and presenter. She is an Assistant Professor at Portland State University and the President of JDP Inc. Dr. DeGruy has over twenty-five years of practical experience as a professional in the field of social work. She conducts workshops and trainings in the areas of mental health, social justice and culture specific social service model development.
Dr. Joy DeGruy authored the book entitled Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: America’s Enduring Legacy of Injury and Healing, which addresses the residual impacts of trauma on African Descendants in the Americas. Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome lays the groundwork for understanding how the past has influenced the present, and opens up the discussion of how we can eliminate non-productive attitudes, beliefs and adaptive behaviors and, build upon the strengths we have gained from the past to heal injuries of today.
Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: "The Study Guide" is designed to help individuals, groups, and organizations better understand the functional and dysfunctional attitudes and behaviors that have been transmitted to us through multiple generations. The Guide encourages and broadens the discussion and implications about the specific issues that were raised in the P.T.S.S. book and provides the practical tools to help transform negative attitudes and behaviors into positive ones.
Dr. DeGruy has published numerous refereed journal articles and has developed the "African American Male Adolescent Respect Scale" an assessment instrument designed to broaden our understanding of the challenges facing these youth in an effort to prevent their over-representation in the justice system.
Randall Robinson, Al Sharpton, and many more have praised the book. Susan Taylor, Editorial Director of Essence Magazine says that "Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome is a master work…Her book is the balm we need to heal ourselves and our relationships. It is the gift of wholeness." Adelaide Sanford, Vice Chancellor of the Board of Regents for the State of New York states that "Dr. Joy DeGruy’s mesmerizing, riveting book is vital reading for our time…With Dr. DeGruy’s potent words we can and will heal."
In addition to her pioneering work in the explanatory theory and book, Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome, she has developed a culturally based education model for working with children and adults of color.
Angel "Moonyeka" Alviar-Langley
"Angel Alviar-Langley (aka ‘Moonyeka) is a sick and disabled queer Filipinx femme street-styles dancer who utilizes art creation and organizing to realize a more inclusive and intersectional world for the communities she comes from. Her current projects for 2018 include expanding WHAT’S POPPIN’ LADIEZ?! into a mentorship program for young brown femmes of color, ""In The White Frame"", a work exploring the multi-racial experience in ""post-racial"" America that will be premiered at Northwest New Works, and so much more! Moonyeka is also a choreographer and dancer of Au Collective – a dance collective that puts women, queer folks, and POC at the forefront. When not battling, Angel is a teaching artist for Arts Corps + Spectrum Dance Theater, helps runs an open dance session (VIBE) for immigrant youth at Yesler Terrace, and coaches LIL BROWN GIRLS CLUB. Follow Moonyeka by subscribing to their mailing list (moonyeka.com) and donate to WHAT’S POPPIN’ LADIEZ?!.
Angielene Agliam was born in the Philippines and raised in South Seattle. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Communications at Washington State University. Angielene is experienced in sales, marketing, property management, and real estate. She is passionate about serving the community and working with youth in pursing a higher education. Both Angielene and Vanessa are proud members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and are committed to empowering women and the community.
Ashley McGirt is a speaker, author, and licensed mental health therapist. McGirt has received a Masters of Social Work from the University of Washington. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. McGirt has an extensive amount of experience working with vulnerable populations, including work in prisons, medical and psychiatric hospitals, homeless shelters, hospice, and long term care settings.
In 2011, Cassandra earned bachelors’ degrees in Psychology and Spanish from Eastern Washington University (EWU). While at EWU, she was a McNair Scholar and had the privilege of presenting her research, The Correlation Between Working Memory and Verbal Time Estimation at the Western Psychological Association Conference in Los Angeles, CA, and National Conference of Undergraduate Research in New York. In 2013, Cassandra was awarded the Howard Coughlin Memorial Scholarship to help her achieve her goal of obtaining a Master’s degree in Nonprofit Leadership at Seattle University. Today, Cassandra works as a contracted recruiter with Microsoft, and in her spare time volunteers with College Success Foundation and TEALS to ensure that students from underrepresented communities have access to every career opportunity.
Dawn M Webster
I am a very proud mother of two wonderful young men. My "why' is, that every day I pour into the lives of others, intentionally working as a tool to help crack open the light inside of them and the beauty they have offer to the world. Without judgement or expectation, I gently love them until they arrive at their amazing! A journey that includes faith, authenticity, grace, truth and a lot of laughter.
Donna Miguel is a senior associate professor at Bellevue College, and teaches various types of reading and writing classes in the English department. As a proud Filipina-American born to immigrant parents, her lived experiences and learned knowledge of racial literacy and gender inequities allow her to integrate issues of empowerment, intersectionality, privilege and power in her classes. Her current research project focuses on how cultural taxation impacts health and wellness of people of color, and on the radical act of self-care that is necessary for self-preservation, especially for women of color in higher education.
Erin Jones is a 26 year locally and nationally-award-winning educator. She is also the 1st Black woman in WA to run for statewide office. Erin speaks 4 languages, plays basketball, soccer and runs half-marathons. This year is her and husband, James, 25th wedding anniversary, and they have 3 adult children.
Gerry Ebalaroza-Tunnell, MA
Gerry Ebalaroza-Tunnell is a doctoral candidate at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, CA. Born and raised on the island O'ahu, Hawaii she considers herself a Pacific indigenous scholar, storyteller, a Wayfinder, a student, a transformative leader, and designer of change. It is her hope is to share the wisdom of what it means to be an indigenous leader and the power of Storytelling. A living, breathing, dynamic and real skill which includes aspects such as genuine adaptive capability, multi-dimensional intelligence, empathetic humanity and the kind of authenticity and ethical conviction that grows valiant and honorable people.
Kiana Fuega is a Hawaii-born Samoan from the villages of Olosega, Manu'a and Leone in Amerika Samoa by way of Tacoma, Washington. Much of her work is focused on relationship and community building, of which she credits her cultural upbringing for instilling. She is a strong community advocate within Washington’s greater Pacific Islander community, implementing culturally relevant leadership building and mentorship with youth. Kiana is a founding member of the Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Youth Health & Wellness initiative through the Asia Pacific Cultural Center, an organizing member of Washington’s UPRISE Pacific Islander Education Summit, the ASPIRE Summit, and serves as an acting board member for the Samoan Arts & Academic Competition. Kiana is a spoken word artist, a fellow of the Native and Pacific American Leadership Institute (NAPALI), and mother to Hinevai-Mele Fuega. She is a graduate of the University of Washington in Seattle with a BA in Anthropology where her studies included a focus in applied & indigenous anthropology and decolonization.
Laura Yañez is a LatinX immigrant part of the LGBTQ community and they were born and raised in Colombia. Currently, Laura is pursuing a Master’s degree in Student Development Administration at Seattle University. Laura also works as the Commuter and Transfer Commons Manager at the University of Washington. Laura plans to dedicate their life to fighting for social justice, human rights and to reducing barriers in higher education for students of color and other underrepresented communities.
Martha is a Highline College and University of Washington alumni studying Journalism, Political Science and Spanish. Graduating during the 2008 recession while undocumented didn’t leave her with many options, but giving up wouldn’t be one of them as she knew her five younger siblings watch closely how she coped with this serious circumstance and her desire to study law. With help from the Latino community, her peers and support from family, she managed to still find a career that shared her passion for legal work without attending law school. Today, Martha is going on 10 years as a workers compensation professional. She lives in Federal Way with her husband Mario and Chihuahua babies, Buttercup and rescue Dixie.
I am a graduate coordinator in the Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) at Seattle University. In my role, I strive to create and facilitate programming and events that support historically marginalized students. Prior to OMA, I worked at DigiPen Institute of Technology as the Student Life & International Student Advisor. I identify as a Boricua-German military brat from Lakewood, Washington and enjoy knitting, cooking, and drinking tea in my spare time.
My name is Nikki Gane and I am the founder and executive Director of a nonprofit organization called Dignity for Divas. We support women experiencing homelessness by providing personal care items to remind them of their value.
Nyema Clark is a Seattle native with a passion for the planet and our community. Nyema is Founder and Director of Nurturing Roots Farm located on Beacon Hill, a program committed to addressing food justice issues in the community and an organizing keyholder of the Black Power Epicenter collective. As a small business owner her strength and overall goal is founded in youth empowerment and community economic sustainability.
My purpose in life is to serve and inspire lives. Through resilience I have embraced my life as an undocumented Latinx womxn of color where I can thrive. I am the Executive Director and Co-Founder of I AM Empowerment LLC, a leadership organization that inspires individuals to discover and believe in their potential, passion and purpose. I will be taking my organization around the world to touch the lives of people wherever I go. I currently serve on the Board of Directors for National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), serve as a member of the YWCA Racial Justice Committee, lead a community undocumented support group in Yakima, and was currently appointed to the City of Yakima Community Integration Committee. Soon, I will be launching a second company with the mission to empower womxn to be self-advocates, unapologetic and power-driven individuals.
Roxana Pardo Garcia
Roxana Pardo Garcia aka La Roxay is a self-identifying Xicana Mujerista that was born and raised in Burien, Wa. Roxana is a speaker, presenter, event MC, facilitator, and poet. She uses indigenous knowledge and her genetic memories to do work that will allow people to live with dignity, respect, self and collective determination – because we know, nothing will liberate the hood, but the hood itself.
The daughter of George Ho'okano and Lucille Fernandez-Fraticelli Sui-Lan Ho'okano is from the Island of Hawaii Hilo and is of Hawaiian, Taino Indian, Puerto Rican, African, Chinese, French ancestry. Sui-Lan Ho'okano current journey is as The Cultural Program Manager for the Enumclaw School District and works collectively with the Muckleshoot Tribe and the surrounding educational institutions and communities.
Sui-Lan has over 25 years working collectively with institutions and communities in honoring and Reestablish understanding of Indigenous intelligence cultural capital and its traditional shared values. Sui-Lan Ho'okano continues to share her ma'nao gifts that she was gifted and believes by standing firmly in the present, with our backs to the future, and our eyes upon our past. We are able to access the deep and abundant ʻike (knowledge)of our Kupuna (elders) It is through our Kupuna and their wisdom that we will be able to grow, cultivate, elevate, and expand our ʻike for the benefit of self, ʻohana, community, and ultimately our global.
Tasmia was born & raised in Southern California and attended UC Irvine for undergrad so she is a proud Anteater (Zot Zot)! She developed a strong passion for helping students succeed in higher education because of the obstacles she faced as a first-gen, low income student in college. After graduating from undergrad, she moved to Seattle to pursue my masters and currently work as an academic advisor at SU. Outside of school and work, I'm very passionate about social justice, food, ice cream, music, basketball and spending time with friends/family.
Vanessa Hara was born and raised in Seattle, WA and is currently completing her doctorate in clinical psychology at Pacific University. She works as a psychology intern helping improve the health and wellbeing of patients at Providence Hospital. Vanessa is passionate about increasing mental health access for people of color and addressing mental health disparities.
Bahia Overton holds a BA in Psychology and a Master’s in Social Work. She is completing her Ph.D. in Social Work Research, focusing on the experiences of African American female adolescents in foster care. She is the Executive Consultant for Joy DeGruy Publications and assists Dr. DeGruy in researching historical trauma and developing new models and methods for culturally responsive service delivery. Bahia served for more than 15 years as a Child and Family Therapist and community social worker. Bahia assists with training and development for educational institutions and government agencies in creating and sustaining equitable policies and practices. Bahia is the Owner of Bahia Honey Beauty and Well-being, an manufactures natural hair and skincare products. Bahia resides with her husband, children, Nasir (14) and Naime (12) and cousin (10) in Vancouver, Wa.
Nicole Hoyes Wilson
Nicole Hoyes Wilson currently serves as a Faculty Counselor at Highline College. In this role she provides mental health counseling, outreach, and education to the Highline community. She has a passion for social justice, building community, and helping others reach their goals and find healing. Much of her work has focused on the intersections of oppression and mental health; namely, the impacts of racial trauma, sexism, and homophobia on one’s sense of self. Nicole is originally from Washington, and grew up in Puyallup and Federal Way. Nicole earned a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in English and Social Work from Pacific Lutheran University, her Masters of Social Work (M.S.W.) with an emphasis on multi-ethnic practice from the University of Washington, and most recently her Masters of Arts (M.A.) in Community Counseling from Seattle University. Prior to becoming a counselor, she worked as a case manager for families experiencing homelessness and domestic violence. In addition, she has over 15 years of student affairs experience at Everett Community College in the Diversity & Equity Center, and most recently at Seattle University.
Allison Masangkay (2018 Y.E.L.L. DJ)
Allison Masangkay (DJ Phenohype) is a sick and disabled queer Filipinx femme artist, student, and social justice advocate. Her work is influenced by and dedicated to her childhood in northern New Jersey, survival in Sequim, Washington, ancestral memory, and diaspora feels. Her sets include a range of genres, especially Jersey club, soul, hip hop, and house. allisonmasangkay.com/phenohype