George Fox University hosts multicultural leadership event Oct. 26-27

October 19th, 2018

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The free Voices Conference will feature workshops, spoken word poetry and worship with Urban Doxology

NEWBERG, Ore. – George Fox University invites the general public to its Voices Conference, a multicultural student leadership event, on its Newberg, Oregon, campus on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 26-27. There is no charge to attend.

The conference will highlight multicultural and multiethnic leadership in the U.S. The weekend will include worship led by Urban Doxology, spoken word poetry, storytelling performed by students, and workshops led by guests Leroy and Donna Barber and Alexia Salvatierra. Workshops will cover topics such as “Student Agency,” “Local Engagement: Church and Community,” and “National and Global Engagement.”

The event begins Friday in the school’s Bauman Auditorium. The doors open at 5:30 p.m., followed by a 6 p.m. worship time with Urban Doxology, a band that sings songs of reconciliation in the racially diverse and gentrifying neighborhood of Church Hill in Richmond, Virginia. The evening will also include time for spoken word poetry and a discussion with a panel of students.

On Saturday, a plenary speaker session is set for 10 a.m., followed by a breakout session at 11:15 a.m., lunch at 12:30 p.m. in the Canyon Commons dining hall, and a second breakout gathering at 1:45 p.m. The day concludes with a 3:15 closing session. All of Saturday’s sessions take place in the school’s Hoover Academic Building.

Registration is available at this website.

Guest speaker Leroy Barber has dedicated more than 25 years to eradicating poverty, confronting homelessness, restoring local neighborhoods, healing racism, and living what Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. called “the beloved community.” He is currently the executive director of The Voices Project and Holla, organizations committed to supporting and developing leaders of color.

Barber’s wife, Donna, is cofounder of the Voices Project and has served as an educator, trainer and coach for urban youth and urban youth program leaders for more than 25 years. She worked previously as interim director of intercultural life at George Fox University and as a coach for the Portland Leadership Foundation’s Act Six Academy Scholarship Program.

Salvatierra is a Lutheran pastor with 35 years of experience in community ministry such as church-based service and community development organizing, and legislative advocacy. She has been a national leader in the areas of working poverty and immigration for more than 20 years, including the cofounding of the national Evangelical Immigration Table, a coalition of evangelical leaders and institutions advocating for immigration reform.

The Voices Conference is sponsored by George Fox’s Office of Multicultural Student Development. For more information, contact Bryce Coefield, the office’s associate director, at 503-554-2305.

George Fox University is ranked by Forbes among the top Christian universities in the country and is a Christian college classified by U.S. News & World Report as a “Best Regional University.” Money magazine ranked it the No. 1 school in Oregon in its 2017-18 “Best Colleges for Your Money” list. More than 4,000 students attend classes on the university’s campus in Newberg, Ore., and at teaching centers in Portland, Salem and Redmond, Ore. George Fox offers bachelor’s degrees in more than 40 majors, degree-completion programs for working adults, six seminary degrees, and 13 master’s and doctoral degrees.


Bryce Coefield
Associate Director of Multicultural Student Development
George Fox University

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