The Kaleidosocope series hosts leaders from across the country who are facing, and overcoming, the challenges associated with leading in a diverse society. These leaders effect change around critical issues that impact different identity groups.

The series is an initiative of the Jepson Student Government Association in collaboration with many University offices and groups including: Athletics, Common Ground, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, Music Department, Richmond College, Student Alliance for Diversity, Women Involved in Living and Learning, and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.

This series includes four provocative leaders who have been instrumental in defying boundaries in their respective fields. 

  • Cleve Jones is a human rights activist, author, and the founder of the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt, the world’s largest community art project commemorating AIDS victims. He will be speaking about today’s challenges on October 20, 8 p.m., at the Jepson Alumni Center.
  • Deirdre McCloskey, a respected international scholar and professor of economics at the University of Chicago, is the author of Crossing: A Memoir. She will speak about her personal experience crossing from a man to her true female identity at the age of 53. She is to speak November 30, noon, at Jepson Hall.

  • Daryl Davis is a musician, author, and maverick who is on a quest to understand stereotypes, the Ku Klux Klan, and the roots of racial hate. He will speak about his inspiring experiences January 31, 8 p.m., at Jepson Alumni Center.

  • Jackson Katz is an educator, author, filmmaker, and social theorist who is recognized as one of America's leading anti-sexist male activists. He will speak on his experiences standing up for women and stressing why men are integral in helping women gain equality and safety on March 15, 8 p.m., at Jepson Alumni Center.

All Kaleidoscope events are free and open to members of the University community. The November 30 event will be extremely limited and will require pre-registration for catering purposes.