Jessica Pettitt - Social Justice: When Diversity Isn't Enough
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Jessica Pettitt - Social Justice: When Diversity Isn't Enough

Eureka, California, United States

Eureka, California, United States
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"thoroughly impressed with her ability to work with a wide variety of people on a multitude of issues"

SEE LINK - University of Hawai'i at Manoa - Nick Sweeton, Associate Director of Student Housing Services


"Jessica was able to hear through the noise in each case to provide a tailored experience"

"Jessica brought an abundance of skill, talent, empathy and charm to our MCC campuses. Her most valuable attribute was her power of LISTENING. Each venue she visited offered a unique audience, each with particular agendas, hopes and fears as she walked in. Jessica was able to hear through the noise in each case to provide a tailored experience. She has helped us embark on a wonderful process of raising awareness and starting conversations about gender issues." - Nancy E. Harrington, Faculty, Biology Department, Metropolitan Community College


"Jess connected to them in such a way that she not only didn't alienate them, but opened them to the world"

"Jess is a dynamic trainer who uses her extensive knowledge, sensitivity to others, and charisma to engage students in understanding issues that are either very foreign to them, or in some cases distasteful; and does so in a way that helps them extend their boundaries and their appreciation of the complexities of issues of diversity. I watched Jess work with a group of college students last summer at a program called LeaderShape, students who immersed in their white privilege had obviously given little thought to issues of oppression. Jess connected to them in such a way that she not only didn't alienate them, but opened them to the world around them so that they were committed to social action. It was incredibly impressive!" - Susan Herman, Professor, School of Management Director, Northern Leadership Center, University of Al


"Her presentation made it clear how each individual can change his/her own space"

“Jessica has an ease with her subject matter; one that seemingly comes from her extensive knowledge and polished public speaking/interaction skills. She presents her subject matter in a way that is tangible and usable for administrators, staff, faculty and students alike. The former is most notably present in her Keynote speech. Her presentation made it clear how each individual can change his/her own space; making it easier to effect and ultimately effectuate the change you want to see in the world.” - Michael Mancini, Coordinator of Judicial Affairs, Office of the Vice President Student Affairs, SUNY


"Jessica was able to engage all participants in lively, thoughtful, and meaningful interaction"

“We invited Jessica to campus to speak with student affairs staff, faculty and student groups. Through her presentations Jessica was able to engage all participants in lively, thoughtful, and meaningful interactions. She is particularly sensitive at facilitating honest and challenging discussions around a variety of difficult yet important topics. Her presentation style is dynamic and flexible, accommodating quickly to the emerging needs of the group she is working with. We hope we will have the opportunity to bring her to campus again.” - Kevin Morrison Meredith College, International Program Office


"Jessica was phenomenal!"

"Jessica was phenomenal! She mixed candor, wit and humor with education in a way that led many of the participants, including myself, to intensely examine our own points of view. Both of her presentations were challenging, validating and inspiring." - Marisela Martinez, Director, Agnes Scott College


"Her down-to-earth message resonated with the young aspiring activists and leaders within the audience"

"Hosting Jessica Pettitt at our conference was an extreme honor and privilege. She didn’t just simply fill the keynote speaker’s timeslot, but engaged herself wholeheartedly into the conference, becoming a powerful presence that embodied the spirit of the event. She delivered an address that was captivating and meaningful to all of the conference attendees as well as the planning committee. ... Her down-to-earth message resonated with the young aspiring activists and leaders within the audience. She also has the highest quality of character that one could look for in a presenter—accommodating, insightful, pleasant, and, quite simply, real. She is able to capitalize on her natural charisma when presenting to large audiences and still be authentic and intimate. It is no exaggeration to say that Jessica Pettitt saved our conference, and delivered much more than we had asked of her. Out of dozens of speakers that I have worked with, Jessica has sincerely been by far the best!" - Brian Wollum, Program Advisor, LGBT Center, Minnesota State University, Mankato


"You have no idea the impact you've made on me"

"You have no idea the impact you've made on me. You've given me back a love of student affairs & showed me one person's words can shake a room full of hearts." - Testimonial from LeaderShape UGA


"The response from Jess’s keynote on diversity among the organization was phenomena"

“The response from Jess’s keynote on diversity among the organization was phenomenal…many participants implemented the suggestions she put forth. Our own group instituted changes in our executive board structures due to her talk.”
- Adelle Fontanet, University of Florida, Pride Student Union President


"Jess demonstrated an ability to put people at ease with her keen intelligence and fantastic sense of humor"

"While in Birmingham Jess demonstrated an ability to put people at ease with her keen intelligence and fantastic sense of humor. She hears not only what people are saying, but what they are thinking and afraid to say. She's able to quickly read the dynamics of a group. And she explains things in a way that people can understand. I hope to have her back here soon!" - Karen L. Placke, President, The Alliance for GLBT Equality at UAB


"The message she was giving was exactly what we were looking for"

"Jessica was extremely professional and very easy to work with. She made sure that her lecture was accommodating and catered to our students. Jessica had a very creative way in which she portrayed her message and took hold of everybody's attention. The message she was giving was exactly what we were looking for and I believe she was the best person to provide it."
- Mark Flynn, Programming Chair, New York Institute of Technology


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"Social Justice: When Diversity Isn’t Enough"

First there was Pluralism, then Multiculturalism, followed by Tolerance and then Diversity - now Social Justice. Notice how nothing really seems to be changing? Jessica Pettitt does too and radically changed her approach to benefit college students, staff, and faculty alike. Though participants will be laughing, she promises no drum circles, guilty tears, or finger pointing. This will be a HIGHLY interactive program that will leave participants with actual action steps to make REAL change in their lives. Jessica takes 10+ years in Student Affairs, 5+ years of national consulting work, and 2+ years of stand-up comedy stage to stage as part of her mission to inspire change, dismantle oppression, and recognize our privilege. Through teaching, writing, and facilitating tough conversations, Jessica has figured out how to connect getting "it" to actual measurable action steps. Now it is your turn!

Nominated for two years for Best Diversity Artist and in 2011 for Speaker of the Year by Campus Activities Magazine.

NACA:
2013 Nationals Lecture Showcase
2013 Northern Plains Lecture Showcase
2012 West Lecture Showcase
2012 Northern Plains Lecture Showcase Alternate
2011 National Training Showcase
2011 Mid-America Lecture Showcase
2010 National Training Session
2010 Mid Atlantic Ed Session
2010 Mid America Ed Session
2010 West Ed Session

Showcases:
Association of Fraternal Leadership and Values
American College Personnel Association
National Orientation Directors Association
Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors