Programs & Keynote Topics

It Takes a Village

Session Description

We all can pinpoint specific moments in our lives where we reach a stark pivot point in our journey. Like where we think about life before and life after that specific moment.

Like before you met your lifelong best friend, and life after. 

Like before Beyoncè released Lemonade, the visual album, and life after.

Like before March 2020, and life after March 2020.

For Q, he had a few of those moments in college. The unexpected loss of his father and grandmother within 8 months of each other sent him into a spiral filled with depression, anxiety, and difficulty. In those worst times, it wasn’t “the grind,” his coursework, or his responsibilities as a student leader that helped him find peace again.

It was his village.

The village of people around him who helped him pick up the pieces and become whole again.

But this program isn’t about Q’s village only…

It’s about yours!

Who is the ideal audience?

Students, faculty, and staff who want to focus on acknowledging the importance of our support systems, the power in connection, and ensuring that we are pouring into those who pour into us. Because we need each other more than we think we do sometimes.

What will you get from this talk?

  • Understand the importance of guidance, advocacy, and asking for help when things get hard.
  • Process through your connections and relationship, who is a part of your own “village”, and whose support system are you a part of.
  • Explore strategies for building connections at your college with peers, faculty, and staff as means of encouraging success as student leaders.

“He makes what for many is an uncomfortable subject understandable and provided real examples along with advice on dealing with them. Excellent!”

 Phil Clegg, Executive Director of the
American Student Association of Community Colleges

Qy'Darrius McEachern speaking about diversity and microaggressions

More Than Black Boxes:

Why Performative Advocacy Is No Better Than Silence

Session Description

Remember that day everyone’s Instagram feed turned black?

June 2, 2020 was called #BlackOutTuesday and it has been described as one of the most-widespread demonstrations of protest in the history of social media. It made a lot of people feel good and like they were engaging in true advocacy.

Q reflects on this day and uses it as a vehicle to ask; what if it was more important for people to be liberated from oppression than it is for us to be perceived as a good person? As a good organization? As a good college?

These questions get to the heart of a core issue of diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging; the appearance of advocacy without action and change is hollow, dangerous, and creates toxic spaces for students, faculty, and staff.

We must do more.

This dynamic program is intended to challenge and inspire those who want to do good to truly do better.

Who is the ideal audience?

Students, faculty, and staff who want to develop strategies around activism & advocacy, and want to challenge systems of oppression such as racism, sexism, homophobia, ableism, etc.

What will you get from this talk?

  • Explore examples of performative advocacy 

  • Identify the connections between perception of performance and trust-building
  • Consider the short- and long-term impacts of performance on students, faculty, and staff
  • Develop strategies to move from performative actions to true advocacy
Black lives matter while were still alive too shirt Qy'Darrius McEachern


A Discussion on Power, Privilege, and Culture

Session Description

There’s nothing small about microaggressions. Their impact and cumulative weight are more than any individual can and should endure. For too long these words, phrases, and actions have been used without considering their harm.

In this thought-provoking and interactive program, Q helps audience members to develop a deeper understanding of how language and actions matter related to belonging. In doing so, he guides a dialogue on the dynamics of power and privilege through the lens of interconnectedness, and how words and actions directly influence group dynamics. Through powerful activities and dialogue, attendees will better understand how to foster belonging, address inequities, and challenge themselves to lead and support students intentionally.

Who is the ideal audience?

Students, faculty, and staff who want to challenge microaggressions in their spaces, and create more liberating spaces for marginalized people.

What will you get from this talk?

  • Explore the concept of microaggressions and how it impacts individuals and groups 
  • Dialogue about how language is a manifestation of power dynamics
  • Develop strategies related to fostering inclusivity and respect through the minimization and elimination of microaggressions

“When leading workshops about microaggressions, Qy’Darrius broke down the subject in an informative and collaborative way. Whether or not we were new to the conversation, we each gained a deeper knowledge of microaggressions and the relationship between power and privilege. The constructive dynamic allowed for us to engage in meaningful discussion about these topics.”

President, The Texas State Strutters

Contact Q

If you would like to set up a consultation for a social justice/antiracism training experience, please schedule a call or fill out the form below.

“Whenever you actually create that true change, then there are so many dynamics that positively shift across the organization.”

Qy’Darrius McEachern

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