Students of Color Symposium


Students of Color Symposium 2021

March 5-6

The Students of Color Symposium (SOCS) is an educational initiative developed to support the ongoing diversity efforts of the University of Miami. The Symposium provides an opportunity to engage in dialogue on issues that affect the educational, personal and professional growth of students. The Symposium seeks to enhance students’ understanding of diversity, multiculturalism, ethical leadership, and social responsibility associated with living in our global society.


Good Trouble

In the spirit of Congressman and Civil Rights leader, John Lewis, the theme for SOCS 2021 is “Good Trouble.” Good Trouble reminds us that standing up for a socially just society is standing up to systematic injustice through action. Good Trouble is being brave to go against the ease of idleness and engage actively in justice. Good Trouble is displaying boldness for difference. Good Trouble is speaking out against injustice, until justice just is.

During SOCS 2021, we hope to shed light on how you can be champions for social justice through education, action, and service.

Event Details

  • March 5: 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. EST
  • March 6: 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. EST
  • Location: Hopin-Virtual Platform
  • Registration Deadline: March 4, 2021

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Breakout Sessions

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Multifaith Panel: Two Sides of the Coin

Learn more about various faiths and their relationship to the world, the intersection of faith and diverse identities, and how this impacts perception and world views.

Factuality the Game 2.0: Adjust Your Privilege

An immersive experience in which participants will simulate, discuss, and unpack the structural limitations and advantages that coincide with various intersecting identities in America.

Environmental Justice: Shaking the Ground

The Environmental Justice (EJ) movement seeks to address the systemic racism that puts historically marginalized communities at an elevated risk of experiencing environmental hazards. This session aims to build an understanding of the history of the EJ movement and the path forward, discussing its intersections with climate justice and energy justice.

Preparing to Breakthru (Panel)

Diverse professionals in various fields address issues of social justice head-on, including navigating settings where marginalized people must learn how to break through barriers in order to advocate for issues which they are passionate about. Attendees will have the opportunity for large group interaction and breakout sessions with featured panelists.

Meet the SOCS Committee

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  • Kailyn Hayes, Chair

    HayesKailyn Hayes | Class of 2023

    "In my eyes 'Good trouble' is about creating the friction in society that is needed to make change against social injustice."


  • Bao Duong, Logistics

    HayesBao Duong | Class of 2022

    "As an Asian American woman, I have always had to challenge stereotypes that assume that I am small, dainty, and quiet. But 'Good Trouble' represents how I must constantly be bold and challenge myself to push myself to fight for what I value as a friend, daughter, and fellow citizen."


  • Ashley Phillips, Sessions & Speakers

    HayesAshley Phillips | Class of 2023

    "To me, 'good trouble' means speaking up for whatever issue you feel passionate about. Good trouble can also mean searching for opportunities that will allow your voice to be heard to create awareness on a chosen issue."


  • Kelsey Walker, Marketing & Engagement

    HayesKelsey Walker | Class of 2024
    Broadcast Journalism
    Business Law, Motion Pictures

    "To me, 'Good Trouble' represents how I, an African American woman, must fight to achieve equity and justice in any way possible so that not only I can prosper, but every person of color can as well, free from discrimination and inequity. For too long have we fought and struggled to dismantle the system that disadvantages people of color. Change is in the hands of the people and it's up to society, regardless of what race or ethnicity they are, to educate themselves, do the work, and take a stand against these systemic issues."


  • Geethika Kataru, Sessions & Speakers, Marketing & Engagement

    HayesGeethika Kataru | Class of 2023
    Political Science, General Motion Pictures

    "As an Asian immigrant, I am sometimes overwhelmed with the stereotypes and expectations that enter a room before I physically do. 'Good trouble' to me is learning to stand up for myself and live boldly despite this. 'Good trouble' is fighting for the betterment of my communities."


  • Arielle Swilley, Sessions & Speakers

    swilleyArielle Swilley | Class of 2024

    "Good trouble' to me is being the person to make situations necessarily uncomfortable to bring to light issues affecting me and our world. Although issues may be sex, gender, or race-specific, it’s the responsibility of all of us to be a part of change and correction. Most importantly, 'good trouble' for me is doing more than my ancestors' thought was possible for people like me, even if that upsets some people."





  • Mya Osibogun, Marketing & Engagement

    HayesMya Osibogun | Class of 2024
    Psychology, Criminology

    "What Good trouble means to me is being relentlessly optimistic even given the setbacks and adversity that I have and will continue to face as a person of color. You are never too young to make a difference in the world as long as you have the drive and be the change that you want to see."