Humboldt State University & Cal State Monterey Bay

Alcohol, Tobacco, & Other Drugs Educational Conference

Monterey, CA
April 16 & 17, 2015

Exploring Best Practices

Conference Keynote - Be The Change You Want to BE

April 16, 1:45pm to 2:45pm
Let's take a real look at how we are doing our work.  Let's celebrate the difference we are making and also really examine where we can make more.  How does our conscious and/or unconscious bias come into play with our outreach, 1:1 conversations, interventions, treatment suggestions, marketing, and assumptions?  How does our own history with ATOD show up in our work - whether we mean it to or not.  Let's really reflect as we are the best tool we have to keep making the difference that we are making in real lives.

About Jessica Pettitt:
Jessica Pettitt is the "diversity educator" your family warned you about. She is easy to work with, accessible, and brings VERY simple concepts that are really hard to incorporate into our lives.  Nominated for two years by Campus Activities Magazine for Best Diversity Artist, Jessica‚Äôs programs are direct, customized, and highly interactive. Her workshops, seminars, and keynotes take participants on a journey weaving together politics, theory, current events, and story telling with large doses of humor reminiscent of Bob Newhart, George Carlin, and Paula Poundstone.

This is by no means your average diversity program!  Though participants will be laughing, she promises no drum circles, guilty tears, or finger pointing.  This will be a HIGHLY interactive program that will leave participants with actual action steps to make REAL change in their lives. Jessica takes 10+ years in Student Affairs, 5+ years of national consulting work, and 2+ years of stand up comedy stage to stage as part of her mission to inspire change, dismantle oppression, and recognize our privilege.  Through teaching, writing, and facilitating tough conversations, Jessica has figured out how to BE the change she wants to BE.  Now it is your turn!