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We are proud to host the WMU-Cooley Community Conversations virtual event series where we take a deep-dive into the most important topics impacting society and the world today.

Pride Month with Preston Mitchum 

Monday, June 5, 2023 

Noon-1:00 p.m. (ET)

May is PRIDE month. Keynote speaker Preston Mitchum is a Black queer attorney, advocate, activist. He is the Founder & Principal of PDM Consulting, a multi-purpose consulting firm focused on the power of Black people, LGBTQ+ people, and young people. Preston has been featured in Washington Post, BET, MTV, The Root, The Grio, The Atlantic, Buzzfeed, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, The Guardian, and others. He has earned many accolades including being named Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc.’s Inaugural 40 Under 40, a Rockwood Fellow for Leaders in Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice, and was voted DC LGBTQ’s “Most Committed Activist” by the Washington Blade in 2021.

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Juneteenth with Valada Flewellyn 

Monday, June 19, 2023 

Noon-1:00 p.m. (ET)

Join lifelong social justice advocate, historian, author, poet, and storyteller Valada Parker Flewellyn for this year’s Juneteenth WMU-Cooley Community Conversations virtual event.


Coffee and Conversations Inclusion and Belonging Book Club Launch with Zenell Brown

Thursday, June 22, from noon-1:00 p.m. (ET)

Join the "Coffee and Conversations: Inclusion and Belonging" Book Club Launch with Zenell Brown.  Here is your guide to getting beyond the racial and economic chasm that has separated humans for far too long. Brown suggests we put down the protest signs, stop marching, and just sit down with a cup of coffee and have an honest conversation while following her guidelines that lead to genuine change.

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