2016-2017 Speakers


Peter Saji ’92

Peter Saji is an award winning writer and director of Black-ish and the executive producer and co-creator of Mixed-ish. When Saji isn’t writing, he enjoys performing spoken word poetry, snowboarding, and amateur MMA cage fighting.

CaMD Guest Speaker


Elizabeth Acevedo

Elizabeth Acevedo is the New York Times bestselling author of The Poet X and With the Fire on High. Her critically-acclaimed debut novel, The Poet X, won the 2018 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature. She is also the recipient of the Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Fiction, the CILIP Carnegie Medal, and the Boston Globe-Hornbook Award.

Latinx Heritage Week Keynote Speaker

Mahogany Browne

Mahogany Browne is the author of several poetry collections. Her poem “Black Girl Magic” was featured in the PBS NewsHour segment, Brief But Spectacular. She has also been featured in HBO’s Brave New Voices as the artistic director at Urban Word NYC. Browne is the publisher of Penmanship Books, curator of the Nuyorican Poets Café Friday Night Slam, founder of the Women Writers of Color Reading Room, and the director of the Black Lives Matter program at Pratt Institute.

Sisterhood and WORD Guest Speaker

Moustafa Bayoumi

Moustafa Bayoumi is author of the critically acclaimed How Does it Feel to be a Problem? and an Assistant Professor of English at Brooklyn College, City University of New York. Bayoumi is also a columnist for The Guardian, and his writing has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, New York MagazineThe Daily BeastThe London Review of BooksThe National, and The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Muslim Student Association Keynote Speaker

Jay Smooth

Jay Smooth is a veteran hip-hop DJ, cultural commentator and videoblogger at illdoctrine.com. Jay started his career at WBAI radio, where in 1991 he founded New York’s longest running hip-hop radio show, The Underground Railroad. On The Railroad Jay helped break artists including the Wu Tang Clan and Naughty by Nature.

Stand Up Symposium Keynote Speaker

Roberto Gonzalez

Roberto Gonzalez is author of Lives in Limbo: Undocumented and Coming of Age in America, professor of education at HGSE and director of the newly formed Immigration Initiative at Harvard, a university-wide effort aimed at advancing and promoting interdisciplinary scholarship and intellectual exchange around issues of immigration policy and immigrant communities

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