The 2017 Women of Color Traiblazers Leadership Conference

"Empowering Voices: Breaking Boundaries, Making Change"

The SGA Students of Color Committee prides itself in creating spaces where students can continue to question, challenge and cultivate their minds in order to advance personal growth, commitment, and social advocacy for historically underrepresented communities. In addition, we strive to encourage open dialogues and raise consciousness about issues and intersections prevalent in modern day society regarding race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and many more identities. This year, we would like to continue this tradition and open the Women of Color Trailblazers Leadership Conference to the Five-College Community, but especially self- identifying women of color across the Five­ Colleges alongside faculty and staff, the Pioneer Valley Community, and beyond.

The theme for the 2017 conference is “Empowering Voices: Breaking Boundaries, Creating Change”, featuring keynote speaker Staceyann Chin. This conference will consist of workshops that focus on the topics of peer networking, professional and personal development, and leadership opportunities. Most importantly, this conference will provide a space to celebrate the lives and accomplishments of women of color.Cost

  • $10.00 - Five College students, faculty, and staff
  • $15.00 - Non-Five College students, faculty and staff
  • For Group Discounts, contact or call 413-538-2550.

Scholarships available for all MHC Students who register for the conference and complete the scholarship application by March 17, 2017. 

Conference At A Glance

  • 9am-10m                       Registration
  • 10:45am-11:45am        Workshop Sessions I
  • 11:45am-1:00pm          Lunch
  • 1:15pm-2:15pm            Workshop Sessions II
  • 2:15pm-2:30pm            Break
  • 2:45pm-3:15pm            Highlight Keynote Speaker Featuring a MHC Student Leader
  • 3:20pm-4:00pm            Business Expo and Networking 
  • 4:15pm-5:00pm            VIP Meet and Greet with Staceyann Chin (Registered WOCTLC attendees ONLY)
  • 5:15pm                          Keynote Speaker: Staceyann Chin

Call For Workshop Proposals!

We are now accepting Workshop Proposals from all college/ university faculty and staff, graduate students, civic community leaders and professional leaders of various organizations, businesses and companies. 

All Workshop Proposals are due February 20, 2017. 

For more information about workshop proposals,  contact Latrina L. Denson, Assistant Dean of Students at or call 413-538-2550.




Keynote Speaker

Staceyann Chin

Staceyann Chin

Staceyann Chin is a fulltime artist. A resident of New York City and a Jamaican National, she has been an “out poet and political activist” since 1998. From the Nuyorican Poets' Cafe to one-woman shows Off- Broadway to acting in Julie Taymor’s Across the Universe and performing in both the stage and film versions of Howard Zinn’s Voices of a People's History of the United States, to starring in the Tony nominated, Russell Simmons Def Poetry Jam on Broadway, Chin credits the long list of "things she has done" to her grandmother's hard-working history and the pain of her mother's absence.