Speakers

CALVIN TERRELL

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Calvin Terrell is founder and lead Equity Coach of Social Centric Institute, an organization designed to educate and train all ages to enhance human interactions for global progress. He is former Assistant Director of the National Conference for Community Justice/Anytown USA Arizona Region and has taught for Upward Bound at Arizona State University. For more than twenty years, Calvin has led comprehensive workshops for valuing diversity, equity, and justice building in schools, corporations, and civic organizations for thousands of adults, children, and youth throughout the USA. In 2000, Calvin was awarded the city of Phoenix Martin Luther King, Jr. “Living the Dream” award for his dedication to human rights. Calvin’s reputation for sustainable impact have afforded him collaborative venues with Chief Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, Janet Napolitano, and prompted Harpo Inc., Oprah Winfrey’s production company, to seek him out to provide justice seminars for Harpo employees and equity coaching. Calvin is an educator/healer at his core. His techniques are engaging, relevant to all populations, multidisciplinary, and integrate modern advances of technology/research partnered with ancient arts of storytelling and visualization. Calvin’s greatest motivations are his marriage of 25 plus years, four children, faith, and service.

JESSICA RUBIO

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Jessica Rubio was born and raised in Santiago de Querétaro, Mexico. At the age of 14, she relocated to Phoenix, Arizona. Jessica became a neighborhood organizer in 2011 after experiencing the deportation of her brother. Over the years, Jessica has worked in different national and local campaigns as well as nonprofit organizations focused on creating a more just and equitable society. Jessica graduated from Grand Canyon University in 2015 with a Bachelor's Degree in Secondary Education with emphasis in Math and Business Administration. She worked at the Center for Neighborhood Leadership, where she created the Academic and Leadership Accelerator for Service (ALAS) Program. Through this program, Jessica prepared first generation and low-income students with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to become successful lifelong learners and future community leaders. After working with a political consulting firm for a year in Washington D.C. Jessica became one of the state coordinators at Mi Familia Vota. Over all Jessica believes that by expanding access to higher education, increasing the number of people civically engaged, and opening avenues to professional development, we will form the foundation of personal success and community empowerment.