Travel + Speaking + Announcements

by Latoya Peterson


This time of year is always hectic for me. While Arturo is holding down the fort, here’s where I’ll be:

West Coast Bound!

I’m doing some client work, which takes me out to San Francisco. I seem to remember a request for a west coast meet up sometime last year – if folks are still interested, we can organize one sometime between the 17th and 21nd of this month.

Harvard Black Law Student Association Spring Conference

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I am pleased and honored to be a panelist for the HBLSA spring conference! Here’s an excerpt from the invitation they sent me:

The Black Law Students Association at Harvard Law School (HBLSA) would like to extend an invitation to you to be a panelist at our 28th annual Spring Conference. This year’s conference is entitled, “Empowerment: Effective Leadership Within and Outside of Our Community.” The HBLSA Spring Conference will take place Friday, March 4, 2011 and Saturday, March 5, 2011 at Harvard Law School. We invite you to participate in the kickoff event, which will be a panel and roundtable discussion on race and social justice activism. This event will take place on the evening of Friday, March 4, 2011.

Generations of Black law students have had to grapple with issues of race and justice, and each generation has had their own perspective on the responsibilities and capabilities of the student community to affect broader issues of racial and social inequities. The Friday kickoff event will explore the opportunities that students have as leaders to empower themselves and others in addressing social and institutional disparities. Our panelists will lead a discussion on how the shape of social and political activism has changed over time and ways that social movements can be inclusive of a variety of generations in their approaches to dealing with injustice.

The annual HBLSA Spring Conference unites students, alumni, professors, legal practitioners, and the community at-large to engage in a dialogue about relevant issues in the local, national, and international Black communities. Our panel topics this year are designed to address various aspects of Black leadership and empowerment, including: advocacy designed to eliminate institutional disparities, the growth of alternative and green legal careers, and lessons we can learn from modern day pioneers and trailblazers in the Black community. Additionally, we will partner with HBLSA’s Leadership and Mentorship Program to host our sixth Youth Summit, a special panel designed to address the particular needs and concerns of high school students from the nearby Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School.

The conference is open to the public and takes place March 4th – March 6th.

There is a fee: students (from any school) are $20, regular admission is $35. Admission includes lunch, a tee shirt, and sweatpants. Register here.

Also, folks in the Cambridge/Kendall area, let me know if you also want to do a meet up. But there isn’t a rush on this one, since I’ll be back later in March.

SXSW 2011

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Racialicious is back for round 3 at SXSW!

Tech Power to the People! Digital Community Engagement

How do we ensure no one is left behind in the tech revolution? This panel is designed to provide a look into the best practices for using media to engage with communities, particularly minority outreach and low income/low access areas. This panel will feature a variety of activists explaining the ways in which they have used mobile campaigns, apps, blogs, and other methods to engage their communities and transfer skills, as well as tips for evaluation and measuring results.

My co-panelists are Salina Brown, John Keefe, and Miriam Perez.

Stay tuned for a list of notable panels and meet-up announcement.

Maynard Institute – Media Academy @ Harvard’s Neiman Journalism Lab

March 13 – 18th, I’m back at Harvard to complete the second half of the Maynard’s Media Academy, which was really intended for journalists trying to get to management positions/hone their management skills…but for some reason I’m there and enjoying it. The description of the academy is as follows:

The Maynard Media Academy is a performance-driven immersion program in entrepreneurial leadership and management.

Run in partnership with the Nieman Foundation at Harvard University, the Academy has a track record of helping new media managers across all departments – editorial, sales, product development and production – achieve success in competitive, evolving environments.

Faculty includes top media leaders as well as professors from the Harvard Business School. Teaching methods include the proven Harvard Business School case study method, small-group work and collaboration with high-achieving peers.

Training includes two weeklong on-site seminars at Harvard and a self-directed online component developed by the Maynard Institute and hosted by Poynter Institute’s News University.

The training focuses on three areas critical to taking a news organization to the next level:

Management tools: communication, conflict resolution and performance management.

Entrepreneurship: business plans, product development, marketing and strategy.

Leadership: vision, judgment, drive and focus.

Ethical decision-making and valuing diversity are taught across all topics.

All participants receive an in-depth managerial assessment. The report is based on a detailed survey taken before they arrive for their first on-site seminar. Their report lists strengths – with suggestions on how to reinforce those assets – and suggests solutions for improvement areas. Areas of assessment include adapting to change, customer focus, judgment, planning, relationship management and how to coach others.

Who should apply: Media managers who want to sharpen their leadership, entrepreneurial and management skills.

That rounds out the travel (so far).

In the meantime, stay tuned – we are planning more events, in different cities, and will be releasing a site survey soon to gauge interest and figure out pricing.


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Racialicious is a blog about the intersection of race and pop culture. Check out our daily updates on the latest celebrity gaffes, our no-holds-barred critique of questionable media representations, and of course, the inevitable Keanu Reeves John Cho newsflashes.

Latoya Peterson (DC) is the Owner and Editor (not the Founder!) of Racialicious, Arturo García (San Diego) is the Managing Editor, Andrea Plaid (NYC) is the Associate Editor. You can email us at

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  • Prateek Panchal

    Hey one of the best travel blog i have ever read….
    Keep it up.

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  • Jasmin

    P.S. Not sure if comments were working earlier, since I couldn’t use Discus here earlier but it worked (with the same info) on another site.

  • Jasmin

    Meetup? Yes please! :-)

  • Carmen Sognonvi

    Woohoo! Excited to read about your packed schedule. Think you can tape any of these appearances and post the videos later on?

  • AngryBroomstick

    Happy and save travels, Latoya.