Diversity University / Dr. Julia Garcia & Monti Washington

Diversity University / Dr. Julia Garcia & Monti Washington

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Part of The TRU College Life series!
Julia Garcia & Monti Washington

Take it first hand from the foster kid who struggled for the opportunity to make it to college and the party girl who almost gave it all away.

Millennials Monti Washington and Julia Garcia are two of the most talented and dynamic speakers of our time. Beginning at very young ages, Monti and Julia had every excuse in the world to give up and be unsuccessful. From broken homes, poverty, abuse and foster care, to family tragedies, bullying, rehab, and even rape, they could have easily fallen under the radar.

Using slam poetry and role-playing, there has never been a more powerful team of young speakers who can connect with and inspire your students. They cover all the layers of diversity, including gender, race, sexuality, physical disabilities, socioeconomic circumstances, and more.

Monti and Julia are living examples that, if you are TRU to yourself, then anything is truly possible! And as soon as you make up your mind to do so, you too, will be UNSTOPPABLE!

The program can be done from a remote location virtually and live.  . In addition to our Virtual live, we will have a live Q&A through Instagram to allow students to ask more personal question and to gain clarity on anything they may need elaboration on. We also have created a NEXT STEPS PLATFORM called “Dose” Were students and staff can continue to circulate these conversations on campus in a safe and supportive way!

Our program will consist of sharing our personal experience dealing with racism/sexism/homophobia/transphobia and current divisive issues in the world today. We will break down basic ideas/behaviors/beliefs that are the foundation for such issues. Micro aggressions, implicit bias, and systemic issues will also be touched on to give students a full understanding as to why things are the way they are and WHAT PART THEY CAN PLAY TO MAKE A CHANGE.

Through interactive participation activities, Spoken Word Poetry, and a live Q&A, our program strives to be as engaging and interactive as a virtual program can be!

Julia Garcia

Doctor of psychology, TEDx speaker and diversity inclusion trainer, Dr.J breaks down difficult and divisive issues in a time where we can’t afford to stay silent. For the past 12 years, Dr. J has empowered over a half million students across 100+ cities nationwide. She is the creator of a digital tool sparking courageous conversations around race and inequity online to amplify the Black experience, share lived experiences and explore racial bias.
 
Previously Dr.J built an award-winning mobile app to support her doctoral research for girls and young women, catching the attention of NPR and bringing awareness to social health in social media. She is a published author whose spoken word videos have garnered over 60,000+ views and her diverse background make her one of the most critical and relevant voices of our generation. In today’s climate of mental health issues and racial division, Dr. J’s is unparalleled in her ability to create safe spaces for students to feel seen, heard and be truly connected.

Don’t stay silent: http://giveadose.co/
Dr. Julia Garcia’s personal website: https://www.dosebydrj.com/

Monti Washington

Professional actor and award winning spoken word poet, Monti Washington, epitomizes TRU talent and perseverance. After growing up abused and in and out of foster care, without a father or a home, Monti continued to inspire and shock the world with his ability to conquer all odds against him and inspire all of those around him in the process.

With over 8 years of professional experience working with youth, Monti has encouraged thousands of individuals to believe in themselves and create positive change in their lives. He uses his natural ability to connect with his audience through his powerful keynote assemblies, one on one mentorship programs, as well as his life changing personal development techniques to instill lasting success for both students and adults.

Whether you are looking to improve your live, build more meaningful relationships or conquer your wildest dreams, Monti Washington’s “Success No Matter What” theory is guaranteed to guide you each step of the way.

WHAT SPONSORS ARE SAYING

 

VIRTUAL REVIEWS:

We have had Diversity University at our campus multiple times. I have seen this program about 4-5 times as both a student and professional staff member. This year due to COVID-19 we had Diversity University virtually. Dr. Julia and Monti delivered a performance that left our students wanting more. They created a highly energetic and engaging atmosphere, which is a challenge virtually. Dr. Julia and Monti are naturals. I call them my homerun hitters, because whenever we pitch them the ball, they knock it right out of the park. I highly recommend Diversity University; it is the program our students need nationwide.


Charles N. Student Activities Coordinator, Penn State, Abington

The video was awesome and having Julia and Monti stay on the Zoom call following the video was a great way to keep them connected with our students and vice versa.
Thank you for all of your help and a huge thank you to Monti and Julia.


Samantha B., Activities & Spirit Coordinator, Campus Involvement Center
Mercyhurst College

It was great – but Julia and Monti are always amazing!


Stefanie K, Assistant Dean for Student Transitions
Salisbury University

Live Reviews:

All of the speakers were amazing! Hands down, the students absolutely loved Julia and Monti. I even had some students step out of the room to cry! That is how intense it was! The program was so amazing! We will definitely be working with you in the future. All of the external schools were talking about bringing them to their schools so that was pretty cool. Thanks for everything, Jayne. I could not have done it without you.

Rachel, Assistant Director, Student Activities
Sam Houston University

Julia and Monti were awesome, even better than last year if that is possible! They had students and staff, laughing and crying, but mostly relating, feeling, and understanding. Their energy even increased during the second presentation. I’m not sure how they do it?

Thank you for everything,
Tim, Director, Student Activities
College of NJ

Diversity University was so relevant, fresh, and modern that it was enjoyable, moving, and touching. I have worked for the orientation office for the last four years and this was by far one of our favorite speakers on this topic. The two had a way to captivate the audience but entertain at the same time. It was very enjoyable.

They both were really awesome to work with as well, we had a few technical issues and they were so professional and understanding.

Thank you for your wonderful thoughts and feelings. You truly impacted “Southern Utah University Class of 2019”.

Southern Utah University

Students and staff alike both enjoyed and benefited from Julia and Monti’s personal sharing. Their program was engaging and a little heart breaking at times for many. Although we have not had our evaluation wrap-up meeting I suspect there will be much discussion regarding wanting to bring them back next year. I hope they enjoyed their time at TCNJ as much as we enjoyed having them visit. Thank you for all of your assistance on making this program happen. Everyone could not have been easier to work with which is immensely appreciated.

College of NJ

We had a fantastic program with Julia and Monti. The room was full and the energy was amazing. Those two were the perfect wrap up to a long weekend of sessions for our new students. The students had all good things to say!

Tricia G.
Salisbury U

 

The program went great.  As expected, Monti and Julia were upbeat, friendly, and energetic.  They delivered their message to the students with passion and professionalism.  We all enjoyed the program.  Thank you so much for helping us make it happen.

Andy H
Penn State

 

Last night was AMAZING! The conversation and vibe was great. Most, if not all of them, stayed after for a photo or to chat some more with Monti and Julia. We want to bring them back next year for our Extended Orientation weekend.

Josh, Texas A & M

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