TEDxCSUSB “Defining the Future” speech conference was held virtually on June 7, 2021. The conference featured 14 speakers that consisted of CSUSB students, faculty, staff and community members.

The event is now available to view on YouTube.

TEDxCSUSB, which was originally scheduled in 2020, was rescheduled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

TEDxCSUSB was hosted by CSUSB’s College of Arts and Letters Department of Communication Studies. The planning committee included CSUSB communication studies graduates Francisco Rodriguez and Rebekah Waddell, along with Office of Strategic Technology Initiatives staff Lisa Brown, project coordinator, and Chris Bradney, director.

TEDxCSUSB was also made possible to be held virtually thanks to efforts from CSUSB's Academic Technologies and Innovation videography team James Trotter, Jaquai Patterson, Dmitriy Asakhov, Christine Fundell, Berenice Chavez, Karina Rodarte, Patrick Christopher Klein, and Jesse Quinonez.

Organizers thanked everyone who was involved in the event, from the planning committee, the videography team and especially the TEDxCSUSB speakers who make the virtual event possible.

TEDxCSUSB “Defining the Future” speakers in order of presentation:

  • Alijah Jenkins - Every Choice You Make Defines The Future
  • Anthony Castro - Everything Wrong with Mixing Cashews and Peanuts
  • Arcadio Vielma - Overcoming Internal Doubt: The Answer To Increasing Diversity In Cybersecurity
  • Eloy Garcia - Perseverance Pays Off
  • Yunfei Hou - How CSUSB Students Help To Improve Campus Parking
  • Flannery Wilson - Learning To Learn In A Post-Pandemic World: Why College Education Will Never Be The Same Again
  • Graciela Moran - Honoring Your Constituents Needs While Staying True To Your Values
  • Mary Anne Schultz - Digital Health IS Your Health: Be An E-Patient!
  • Larry Hygh Jr. - Defining The Future Using Your Personal Mission Statement
  • Sailesh Maharjan - Mindfulness Skills To Define The Future
  • Lorraine Hedtke - Defining The Future Of Grief Psychology With Love
  • Nadiyah Herron - Affirming Diversity In the Classroom: Why It Matters To Your Students
  • Jaquet Dumas - For Our Black Students
  • Liliana Conlisk-Gallegos - Thinking Coloniality Of Power, Doing Matrix of Power, And The Agents Of Supremacy (The Everyone That Is No One)

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