Students of Color Conference





The mission of the Students of Color Conference is to harness and include the power and wisdom of historically marginalized and traditionally non-dominant communities, specifically students who are Black, Indigenous and People of Color, by introducing students to concepts and structure’s that will strengthen their identity development, awareness of others, social justice/social activism and personal development. 

The Students of Color Conference provides dynamic programming that allows students to explore and be within each of what Dr. Tara J Yosso calls their Culture Capitals:  

  • Aspirational capital - The ability to sustain future hopes, regardless of real and perceived barriers.
  • Linguistic capital - The intellectual and social skills attained through communication experiences in more than one language and/or style.
  • Familial capital - Knowledge about one's culture that is developed among family members.
  • Social capital - Networks of community resources that are used in BIPOC communities to try and overcome oppression.
  • Navigational capital - Skills that help students maneuver through institutions with dominant cultural norms.
  • Resistance capital - Knowledge and skills developed through behavior that challenges inequality. 

Cultural wealth is defined as: “an array of knowledge, skills, strengths and experiences that are learned and shared by people of color and marginalized groups; the values and behaviors that are nurtured through culture work together to create a way of knowing and being” (Yosso, 2005).

Who and where?

The Conference is open to all BIPOC identifying high school students in the Lake Washington School District and is hosted at Cascadia College in Bothell Washington.  

What to expect at the conference   

  • Resource fair – We invite several community organizations to host a table and let students know about the resources they provide. Each organization provides a raffle prize that we raffle out to students at the end of the day!  
  • Workshops sessions – We offer several workshops that can range in subjects from learning to DJ 101 to exploring roots through creative expression. We also offer workshop sessions in Spanish and Portuguese.  
  • Affinity spaces – Students are invited to participate in racial and ethnic identity affinity spaces.  
  • Student performances – During our closing ceremony we give the stage to our talented young people so they can showcase their talents to the rest of the participants.
  • Equity scholarship – Thanks to the Lake Washington Schools Foundation and Remak family we can provide five 1000-dollar scholarships to graduating students that attend the conference.  

Sponsor acknowledgement

We are in immense gratitude to Cascadia College for their continued partnership.

Cascadia College Bothell

2023-24 SOCC information

  • Theme: Joy and Justice: From Smiles to Solidarity 
  • Time: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Who: BIPOC high school students
  • When: May 17, 2024
  • Where: Cascadia College Mobius Hall 

Want to participate in the Conference?

Links to student registration and other opportunities below:

Student Registration
Scholarship applicationWorkshop proposalCommunity Volunteers 
Staff volunteers
Resource Fair

Contact Information

Sergio Barrera
Equity and Family Engagement Facilitator 
Phone: 425-900-7396