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Leadership Lecture Series

The Leadership Lecture Series provides an exploration of leadership through stories and experiences shared by guest speakers. Students are invited to discuss and engage in political, cultural diversity, and economic issues as well as popular trends and topics that shape and affect their communities. The views expressed by our visiting artists, guests, or lecturers do not necessarily reflect the views of UNCW. Recent guests include Jerry Greenfield, Scott Dikkers and Piper Kerman. Lectures are held in Burney Center. Tickets available through Sharky's Box Office.

Click here to see a full list of our previous Leadership Lectures. 

Spring 2019 Leadership Lecture Series 

Gabby Rivera

Gabby Rivera 

Inspiring Radical Creativity: Empowering Young, Diverse Voices to Tell Their Own Stories 

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 | 7 p.m. | Burney Center

Co-Sponsored by: LGBTQIA Resource Office, The Association for Campus Entertainment (ACE), Women's Studies and Resource Center and Centro Hispano

This lecture is FREE for everyone  

To Gabby Rivera, it’s vital to encourage people of all backgrounds to create, daydream, and tell their own stories—and in so doing, open a radical space for creativity. Now, in this affecting talk, Rivera unpacks how she navigates the world as a queer, Latinx, millennial woman; how she incorporates her heritage into her writing; how she strives to be a thoughtful ally for others, and how she celebrates the healing power of community. This is a talk about privilege and power, and what we can do to support the ideas of diverse artists working with progressive politics. It asks difficult questions: What if this country made everyone—people of all colors, cultures, and orientations, abilities, and genders— feel at home? What if the traumas experienced by marginalized peoples could be reconciled and incorporated into a broader, richer definition of America? What if our non-white ancestors weren’t erased, but represented in pop culture, in our textbooks and classrooms? And what if we could privilege difference as a site of wonder, laughter and celebration, and not as something to fear? With Rivera’s smart, funny talks, we can start imagining these worlds as our reality.

Gabby Rivera is a young, charming speaker dedicated to empowering women and improving our marginalized communities. She’s currently making major waves for her new Marvel series starring America Chavez: a queer, Latinx superhero who’s been written and designed, crucially, by a queer Latinx. And while the series is “definitely going to tackle America’s ancestry and ethnicity,” Rivera tells The Washington Post, it’s also a comic book aimed at wide appeal: committed to snappy one-liners, blowing stuff up, and beating up the bad guys, naturally.Rivera is also the author of Juliet Takes a Breath, a YA novel listed by Mic as one of the 25 essential books to read for women’s history month. It’s a critically acclaimed coming-of-age story starring a queer puertorriqueña who leaves her native Bronx behind to intern, over one transformable summer, with one of her literary heroes: the feminist author Harlow Brisbane. 

Additional Events
Book Discussion: “America Chavez:  Super LatinX Hero”

Friday, January 18th

1 PM at UU2019 (LA SALA).

Sponsored by: Centro Hispano

Reimagining Superheroes! 

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

4 PM in DePaolo Hall Conference Room

What does it mean to be a superhero? Who are they? Join us for a discussion and exploration of the superheroes in media and how you can be your own.

Book Discussion with Gabby Rivera

Hear Gabby discuss her YA novel, Juliet Takes a Breath

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

1 PM Lumina Theater

Derek Kayongo

Derreck Kayongo

Wednesday, March 27, 2019 | 7 p.m. | Burney Center

Co-Sponsored by the Cameron School of Business and  The Center for  Healthy Communities Healthcare Transformation Lecture Series in the Collge of Health and Human Services

Derreck is the founder of the Global Soap Project, which recycles used hotel soap and redistributes it to impoverished populations around the world. In creating this global humanitarian initiative, he demonstrated that a simple, yet novel idea has the power to transform the lives of millions. A Top Ten CNN Hero in 2011, his passion for helping others and commitment to innovative thinking earned him his current role as CEO of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights.

From Ugandan refugee to successful entrepreneur and renowned human rights activist, Derreck inspires audiences to dream big as he shares his vision for harnessing the power of observation to identify issues and solve challenges in any community or organization.

This lecture is FREE for UNCW Students, Faculty & Staff and $10 for General Public