The 2019 D.R.E.A.M. Conference, a Development Experience for Faculty and Staff of Color

Hosted by the Office of Institutional Diversity and Institution in collaboration with the NU DREAM Affinity group, the D.R.E.A.M. Conference, a day-long professional development conference catered to Northeastern’s faculty and staff of color, took place on May 9, 2019 at the John D O’Bryant African American Institute.

Standing for Dream, Reach, Educate, Act, and Mentor, the D.R.E.A.M. Conference gave staff and faculty of color an opportunity to gain skills towards career advancement. This year, 81 faculty and staff

Participants at NU DREAM Conference
Group photo at 2019 DREAM Conference. Photography Danzel Jones

members from Northeastern were in attendance for this day-long experience. Throughout the day, participants shared their own experiences while expanding their understanding through dialogue with others. Activities included two keynote speakers, a goal setting exercise, a lunchtime networking opportunity, and six breakout sessions. Ranging in format from a panel conversation to interactive workshops, some of the topics from the breakout sessions included “Negotiation: The Art of Self-Advocacy,” “Identity Conscious Leadership,” “Managing Difficult Conversations,” and “Spineful Communication.” During lunchtime, ten table leads, who are leaders in their respective fields, facilitated table talks and spoke about their career paths and provided space for discussion and advice-giving. This gave conference participants the chance to network with leaders across various disciplines within higher education and learn about their career journeys.

Dr. Liza Talusan, one of our featured keynote speakers. Photography Danzel Jones.

Dr. Liza Talusan and Dr. Keith Motley were featured keynote speakers, with attendees describing them as “some of the most incredible speakers I have ever had the pleasure of witnessing,” and “extremely engaging and impactful.” By the end of the day, many participants were able to leave with tips, tools, and strategies to assist them in their professional development. They described the D.R.E.A.M. Conference as a “wonderfully planned and executed event,” “a great space for professionals of color to engage in productive dialogues,” and “the catalyst for strong, positive change.”

Click here to view some of the photos from the conference. If you are interested in learning more about our affinity group, visit the link here to read up on the great work the NU DREAM Affinity group is doing!