Student Leadership

Student leadership anchors each symposium, and in many cases, that leadership is acknowledged with academic credit.

With support and mentorship from faculty and staff, student leaders research and develop the symposium themes, invite and host speakers, create panels and workshops, curate art exhibits, develop publicity, manage budgets, and coordinate event logistics. In addition, students also present their own work, often alongside community leaders, distinguished scholars, and professional writers and artists. All symposia offer rich opportunities for meaningful collaboration, multifaceted research, and the use and development of sophisticated communication skills.

  • I’ve attended several different symposia events! I always leave them with a new understanding, and a new feeling of excitement. In particular, the Gender Studies Symposium is fantastic. It always opens my mind to new understandings.

    Laura Everson BA ’22
    English and Classics (double) | Sitka, Alaska
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  • Every Ray Warren Symposium event that I attended both affirmed and challenged my academic experience by making me think of thought-provoking questions.

    Azucena Morales Santos BA ’24
    Hispanic Studies, Sociology and Anthropology (double) | Hillsboro Oregon, but my roots are from Juxtlahuaca, Oaxaca, Mexico
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  • I felt drawn to be a cochair for the Ray Warren Symposium because of its ability to build community and center scholarship focused on race and ethnicity.

    Carolina Ruíz BA ’22
    Hispanic Studies | Grants Pass, Oregon
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