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Triton Leaders Conference 2022: Speakers


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Tim Wise

Tim Wise is an anti-racist writer, educator and commentator. Appearing regularly on CNN and MSNBC to speak on racial issues, he has authored nine books, including his latest, “Dispatches from the Race War,” and his acclaimed memoir, “White Like Me.” In addition, he has written the introduction for this conference’s recommended reading, “Fieldnotes on Allyship: Achieving Equality Together.”

Wise has spent the past 25 years speaking to audiences all across the nation, including at more than 1,500 college and high school campuses. In addition to his television appearances, Wise has been featured in several documentaries, including “Vocabulary of Change” (2011), where he appeared alongside legendary scholar, activist and UC San Diego alumna, Angela Davis, MA ’69, to discuss the connections between issues of race, class, gender, sexuality and militarism, as well as intergenerational movement-building and the prospects for social change. In 2019, he was featured in Chelsea Handler's Netflix documentary “Hello Privilege, It’s Me Chelsea,” an exploration of white privilege and racism in the United States.

Wise graduated from Tulane University and received anti-racism training from the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond, located in New Orleans. He is host of the podcast, Speak Out with Tim Wise. Read More


Helen Griffith

Helen V. Griffith ’81, EdD

Helen V. Griffith, EdD, is the inaugural executive director of The Preuss School UC San Diego. Most recently, Griffith was the founding executive director and CEO of е3 Civic High, a public charter high school located in the San Diego Central Public Library, a role which she has held since 2012. Griffith has over 20 years of experience as an educator and principal, specializing in leadership development, school transformation and educational entrepreneurship.

Prior to joining e3 Civic High, Griffith served as dean of students at Crawford High School, vice principal at Lincoln High School and founding principal of Millennial Tech Middle School. In recognition of her transformational work, Griffith has received numerous professional honors, including Outstanding Woman Leader in the field of Education, 79th District, by the California State Assembly in 2018 and Educator of the Year from the California League of Middle Schools in 2010. In addition, she was also invited by Congresswoman Susan Davis to Washington, D.C., to participate in the National Summit on Teacher Diversity sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education in 2016.

Griffith earned her bachelor’s degree in communication from UC San Diego, and her master’s in educational technology and doctorate in educational leadership from San Diego State University.

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Mica Pollock

Mica Pollock, an anthropologist, is Professor of Education Studies and Director of the Center for Research on Educational Equity, Assessment, and Teaching Excellence (CREATE) at the University of California, San Diego. Her newest book is Schooltalk: Rethinking What We Say About –and To – Students Every Day (The New Press).

Pollock’s work explores educators’ key role in daily efforts for antiracism and equality. She pinpoints the key role of language in educators’ work. In projects based in schools, districts, cities, universities, community organizations, and the government, Pollock has explored how people in diverse education communities talk as they try to collaborate in student support. Pollock’s work always asks how diverse education communities can come together to support equity – to develop the full human talents of every young person and all groups of young people, every day.

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Peace Uche ’09, PharmD ’13

Dr. Peace Uche is a Doctor of Pharmacy, Transformational Rhythmic Speaker and Empowerment Guru. She is the best-selling author of “doc.PEACE of Mind Method: A Poetic Guide to Living Your Best Life,” and has appeared on numerous stages across the world, offering her method on clearly defining one’s purpose through the power of the spoken word. Uche empowers audiences to own their innate gifts and talents and leverage their life stories, messages and ideas to build confidence, form stronger connections and fully enrich their lives. Her mission is to help 1,000 women clearly define and confidently advance their purpose and to share what they learn to help others do the same. Uche envisions a world of unity and seeks to accomplish this vision by helping others shine their light. Her steadfast motto is "Together we thrive." Read More

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Dametrius Bedgood ’14

By the age of six, Dametrius Bedgood had already developed a love of writing. A born scholar, Bedgood enhanced his writing skills while attending UC San Diego as an undergraduate, studying Communication and Literature. He harnessed the lessons and techniques he learned to launch a burgeoning career as an elementary school teacher and poet. Bedgood has independently published six books of poetry. His most recent book, “Suspended Animation,” (published October 2021) is his strongest body of work yet. Inspired by the world-changing events as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Bedgood’s thought-provoking collection touches on a variety of topics ranging from social issues to self-awareness and encouragement.


Check out our two-day agenda and plan your weekend. From dynamic speakers to meaningful and informative workshop sessions, you won’t want to miss a minute!

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Breakout Sessions

Hear from alumni and thought leaders from multiple disciplines, industries and majors, as they share their experiences of allyship in practice and diverse perspectives on how to embrace a more equitable worldview.

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