The third annual CUNY LGBTQI+ Student Conference on Friday, Mar. 22 in the Center for the Arts (Building 1P) Williamson Theatre from 9:30am to 6:00pm brings together LGBTQI+ students from across CUNY interested in learning more about leadership and creating change on our campuses and broader communities.

What does leadership for social change look like? What does an inclusive CUNY look like? The conference encompasses workshops, a keynote address, and most importantly, bringing together Queer and Trans students, faculty, staff, and allies. CUNY students, faculty, staff, and alumni are invited to attend.

The keynote speaker at this year’s conference is Blair Imani. The first 200 attendees will receive a free copy of her book Read This to Get Smarter.

Blair Imani is a critically acclaimed historian, author, educator, and influencer. Her scholarship spans the subjects of intersectionality, gender studies, race and racism, sociology, and United States history. The New York Times praises Blair Imani’s unique ability to create “progressive
lessons with vibrant visuals and a perky, quirky delivery.”
Besides Read This to Get Smarter: About Race, Class, Gender, Disability, and More (2021), she has also authored Making Our Way Home: The Great Migration and the Black American Dream (2020), and Modern HERstory: Stories of Women and Nonbinary People Rewriting History (2018).

She has lectured and presented at universities including Oxford, Stanford, Brown, Harvard, Duke, and many more. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Tegan and Sara Foundation, and on the Board of Trustees for Muslims for Progressive Values.

Her work centers women and girls, global Black communities, and the LGBTQ community. As an educator and influencer, semi-retired organizer, and public speaker, Blair Imani is dedicated to making the world a better place and amplifying the voices and work of those fighting the good fight.

Learn more about Blair Imani by visiting and joining her on social media @blairimani.

Tentative Conference Schedule:
9:30am – 10:30am: Sign-in/Breakfast
10:30am – 11:00am: Welcome/Start of Conference
11:00am – noon Keynote Speaker
Noon – 1:00pm: Lunch/Resource Fair
1:15pm – 2:15pm: Workshop Session 1
2:30pm – 3:30pm: Workshop Session 2
3:45pm – 4:45pm: State of CUNY
5:00pm – 5:30pm: Interfaith Service
4:45pm – 6:00pm: After-Conference Social

Register online.

Check out last year’s conference.

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Participation in this Pride event is made possible due to generous funding from the New York City Council Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, and Asexual Caucus, and the Office of the Mayor, and supported by The LaGuardia and Wagner Archives.

By Jeremiah Jurkiewicz