Known as: Retired CIA Technical Operations Officer, Author & Artist (Known for his on-the-scene management of the “Canadian caper” during the Iran hostage crisis; His story during that crisis was adapted in Oscar winning film “Argo”)
Written Works: “Master of Disguise: My Secret Life in the CIA”, “Spy Dust: Two Masters of Disguise Reveal the Tools and Operations that Helped Win the Cold War”, “A Classic Case of Deception”, “Argo: How the CIA and Hollywood Pulled Off the Most Audacious Rescue in History”
Awards/Accolades: Intelligence Star, CIA Trailblazer Award, Order of the Sphinx
G. Reginald Daniel, Professor of Sociology, teaches courses exploring comparative race and ethnic relations. Since 1989, he has taught “Betwixt and Between,” which is one of the first and longest-standing university courses to deal specifically with the question of multiracial identity comparing the U.S. with various parts of the world.
Velina Hasu Houston (Japanese, Blackfoot Pikuni Native American Indian, and African American) [American]
Known as: Award winning playwright, essayist, poet, author, editor, and screenwriter (Plays: “Tea”, “Asa Ga Kimashita”, “Kokoro”, “The Matsuyama Mirror”, “Hula Heart”, “Ikebana (Living Flowers)”, “Shedding the Tiger”, “Waiting for Tadashi”)
“Dr. Joy DeGruy (Leary) is a nationally and internationally renowned researcher, educator, author, and presenter. Dr. Joy, as most know her, is an ambassador for healing and a voice for those who’ve struggled in search of the past, and continue to struggle through the present.
Dr. DeGruy holds a bachelor of science degree in communications, a master’s degree in social work, a master’s degree in psychology, and a Ph.D. in social work research. She is an assistant professor at Portland State University. She has written many articles and books, including Post-Traumatic Slave Syndrome, which is the basis for her speech today. Her work suggests that centuries of slavery followed by systemic racism and oppression have resulted in multigenerational adaptive behaviors, some of which have been positive and reflective of resilience, and others that are detrimental and destructive. “Healing must occur on multiple levels, because the injury occurred on multiple levels.
The Building Bridges Conference, is a student-initiated, student-led diversity conference dedicated to addressing today’s pressing global and social issues. The conference series aims to increase awareness and action through inspirational speakers supplemented by interactive workshops and action steps. This year’s conference, I’m Not For Sale: Slavery Past and Present, will provide a rewarding opportunity to engage in important dialogue regarding slavery—from the historical slave trade to today’s modern society.”
Kip Fulbeck (Chinese, English, Irish) [American] Known as: Artist, Spoken Word Performer, Filmmaker, Teacher, Author (Creator of “The Hapa Project”; Featured on CNN, MTV, PBS & The Today Show; His art has been exhibited all around the world; Keynoted many conferences & festivals; Professor of Art at the University of California, Santa Barbara) Books: “Part Asian, 100% Hapa”, “Mixed: Portraits of Multiracial Kids”, “Permanence: Tattoo Portraits”, “Paper Bullets” Via dailymultiracial.com
(Black/White) [American] Known as: Executive Vice President and managing editor for CNN Worldwide (Author of “My Long Trip Home: A family memoir”; Former Senior Vice President and Washington Bureau Chief for NBC News; Former Editor of Newsweek; Former President of the American Society of Magazine Editors) Via dailymultiracial.com