• History


    Commitment to Community was first organized by two undergraduate students in 1997-98 who were concerned about the university climate regarding issues of diversity and multiculturalism. Our modest beginnings have been so impactful to our communities that we begin each academic year with an inspiring keynote speaker. This tradition was started with Dr. Cornell West’s address in 1997 and has continued each year with important educators, scholars and writers.

    Keynote Speakers

    Here is a list of some of the Keynote Speakers that C2C has sponsored:
      

    1996 - 1997

              

    Dr. Cornell West, educator, author, social commentator

    1997 - 1998

     

    Kweisi Mfume, former president/CEO of the NAACP

    1998 - 1999

     

    Rebecca Walker, author

    1999 - 2000

     

    Helen Zia, journalist

    2000 - 2001

     

    Ray Suarez, journalist 

    2001 - 2002

     

    Winona LaDuke, activist and leader

    2002 - 2003

     

    Dr. J. Herman Blake, educator

    2003 - 2004

     

    Paul Kivel, activist and author

    2004 - 2005

     

    Dennis Banks, activist and author 

    2005 - 2006

     

    Dr. Carlos Cortés, author and educator

    2006 - 2007

     

    Patricia Williams, J.D., legal scholar, educator and author

    2007 - 2008

     

    Dr. Ronald Takaki, educator and author

    2008 - 2009

     

    Keith Boykin, author, journalist and social commentator

    2009 - 2010

     

    Arun Gandhi, social justice and peace activist

    2010 - 2011

     

    Dr. Yvonne Haddad, scholar and expert in Islam and Muslims

    2011 - 2012

     

    Michelle Alexander, attorney, author and professor

    2012 - 2013

     

    Tim Wise, prominent anti-racist activist, social critic and author


    Past C2C Members

    Here is a list of past C2C members from the 2013-14 academic year.

    Esha Seth '14
    Jenni Peredia '16
    Amber Todd '15
    Yakasah Wehyee '14
    Josh Wood '15
    Katie Rawls '14
    Allie Hood '14
    Carlos D. Sneed, advisor, Director of the Hedgeman Center