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8th Annual Lesbians+ of Color Symposium (LOCS)


"Change the story and you change perception; change perception and you change the world." - Jean Houston

Postponed due to COVID -19 Pandemic - New Date(s) Forthcoming 

proudly co-hosted by Harvard Law School Lambda, a student organization at Harvard Law School 

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Featured Speakers 

Kristen McCallum Coley 

Writer | Social Impact Founder

Guest of Honor 

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Lily Zheng 

Organizational Consultant | Executive Coach

Keynote Speaker 

Featured Speakers & Presenters
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Ericka Huggins

Educator | Former Leading Black Panther Party Member

Special Guest Speaker 

Renee Graham

Associate Editor | Columnist 

Boston Globe

Fireside Conversation Host

Kay Martinez , M.A. (they/them)
Diversity & Inclusion Consultant 
Keynote Speaker
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Shanae Adams, CIGT (she/her)
Sexuality Professional 
Honestly Nae 
Karen Bayard  (she/her)
Comedienne & Owner 
Whole Body Laughter
Toni Branson (she/her)
Owner & Designer
Style is Freedom
Zakiya Collier (she/her)
Digital Archivist 
Schomburg Center for Research
in Black Culture
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Bendita Cynthia Malakia, Esq. (she/her)
Senior Inclusion Manager
Hogan Lovells
Phree (they/them)
Founder | Spoken Word Artist
Bois & Bullshit
Jha D Williams (she/her)
Executive Producer & Director
Womxn of Color Weekend (WoCW)
Susu Wong (she/her)
Principal | Founder
QTPOC in the Academy Roundtable Participants 

Marya T. Mtshali, Ph. D.

Lecturer, Studies of Women, Gender and Sexuality | Harvard University


Phylicia Coley, M.Ed.

Associate Dean, Off Campus Common | Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 


Kim Salas Harris, Ph.D.

Assistant Director, Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging | Harvard Kennedy School 

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Legacy  - 8th Annual Lesbians+ of Color Symposium (LOCS)  Schedule *

“Change the story and you change perception; change perception and you change the world”- Jean Houston



5:00 – 7:00 PM            Registration + Speed Networking


7:00 – 9:00 PM            Opening Remarks – Kristen McCallum Coley | Founder, SafeWordSociety

                                    Keynote  – Lily Zheng | Organizational Designer + Executive Coach

                                    Legacy Mixer




9:00 – 10:00 AM         Registration + Breakfast


10:00 – 11:00 AM       Special Guest Fireside Conversation

                                    Ericka Huggins | Former Leading Black Panther Party Member

                                    Renee Graham | Associate Editor + Columnist , Boston Globe


Legacy Sessions I


11:00 – 12:00 PM       Level Up: “Authentically” Advancing  in Your Career

                                    Presented by  Bendita Cynthia Malakia, Esq.


                                    Kink n Femme

                                    Presented by Shanae “Honestly Nae” Adams, CIGT


                                    A TOMBOI Conversation

                                    Presented by Toni Branson


12:00 – 1:00 PM          Legacy Luncheon Speaker Spotlight featuring

                                    Susu Wong | Principal Founder, Tomo360

                                    Serena Johnson | Chief Program Officer| Family Equality


Legacy Sessions II


1:00 – 2:00 PM            Ya Heard!

                                    Presented by Jha D + Phree


                                    “We Must Document Ourselves Now”: Methods of Self-Preservation

                                    Presented by Zakiya Collier


                                    Play to Your Strengths

                                    Presented by Karen Bayard


2:00 – 3:00 PM            Keynote – Kay Martinez | Diversity & Inclusion Consultant


3:00 – 4:00 PM            QTPOC in the Academy Roundtable  featuring

                                    Marya T. Mtshali, Ph.D |Lecturer, Studies of Women, Gender & Sexuality

                                    Harvard University


                                    Phylicia Coley, M.Ed.| Associate Dean, Off Campus Common

                                    Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute


                                    Kim Salas, Ph.D. | Assistant Director, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging

                                    Harvard Kennedy School

 *Please note schedule is subject to change without notice

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