Reaffirming Purpose and Reconnecting with Community

The Consortium on High Achievement and Success (CHAS) Student of Color Leadership Conference

For many students of color and the staff who support them, the last two years have been marked by a number of endemic disruptions including, but not limited to disparate health care outcomes, economic instability, racial injustice, mental and emotional health concerns, and increased isolation from communities of support. Now, we must also make sense of our lives within and beyond the COVID-19 pandemic.

In order to make sense of our lives within and beyond this moment, we must also consider how we make meaning of who we have been and who we are becoming. We find ourselves exploring inter/personal growth and development after so much struggle and loss, and we also have much to offer each other in moments of reconnection and reunion. How do we tend to our individual and collective gardens in such a pivotal moment?

For college students and professionals of color, our varied and intersecting identities present unique challenges in the return from remote learning and work. Nevertheless, 2022 presents a unique opportunity to reaffirm our purpose and nurture spaces to care for and reconnect with the community. We recommit to the discovery of our individual and common purpose that creates opportunities for joy and possibility making, and we foster relationships and coalitions by re/connecting with the communities that know and support us best. We simultaneously reaffirm forms of mentorship that have endured through generations, and cultivate new resources and supports for ourselves and our communities.

Providence, Rhode Island

April 21-23, 2022

The conference will open with a reception and dinner that includes a welcome and opening keynote on Thursday, April 21, at 6:30 pm. The conference will close with lunch on Saturday, April 23, at noon.