Join us for George Fox University's first student multicultural leadership conference on Friday October 28 & Saturday October 29. Find more information on our Facebook page.
Schedule of Events
Friday, October 28
5:30pm Doors Open | Bauman Auditorium
6:00pm Opening Session with Urban Doxology & Voices Project Panelists* | Bauman Auditorium
Saturday, October 29
8:45am Plenary Speakers | Canyon Commons 101-103
9:30am Breakout Sessions 1 & 2 | Hoover 105 & Canyon Commons 101-103
10:30am Breakout Sessions 3 & 4 | Hoover 105 & Canyon Commons 101-103
11:30am Closing Session | Cayon Commons 101-103
*Note - Chapel Credit is available for attending the Opening Session. Chapel Elective Credits are available for attending the Saturday plenary or breakout sessions.
Notes for Visitors
Visitors may find parking in the Bauman parking (C7) lot on Friday evening and the LeShauna (V7) parking lot on Saturday morning (Parking Map). Please anticpate eating meals before coming to the Voices Project Conference; local meal options are available here.
Visiting Panelists and Musicans
Donna Barber, a native Philadelphian, has served as an educator, trainer and coach for urban youth and urban youth program leaders for more than 25 years. She has worked in Philadelphia and Atlanta, creating and leading schools and youth programs that develop urban children to be spirit-led, socially aware, community-minded leaders. She has served in the context of the local church, Christian and public schools and local non-profits. She holds degrees in Communications and Urban Teacher Leadership and has provided trainings or coaching for national organizations including Mission Year, CCDA and the DeVos Urban Leadership Initiative.
Presently, Ms. Barber resides in Portland, OR where she has served as Interim Director of Intercultural Life at George Fox University and as a coach for the Portland Leadership Foundation’s Act Six Academy Scholarship Program. Donna is Co-Founder of the Voices Project and currently serves as Director of Operations and Event Coordinator.
Leroy Barberhas dedicated more than 25 years to eradicating poverty, confronting homelessness, restoring local neighborhoods, healing racism, and living what Dr. King called “the beloved community.”
In 1989, burdened by the plight of Philadelphia’s homeless population, he and his wife Donna founded Restoration Ministries, a non-profit created to serve homeless families and children living on the streets. Licensed and ordained at Mt Zion Baptist Church, he served as Youth Director with Donna, and as the Associate Minister of Evangelism. In 1997, he joined FCS Urban Ministries in Atlanta, GA and worked with the Atlanta Youth Project as the founding Executive Director of Atlanta Youth Academies, a private elementary school providing quality Christian education for low-income families in the inner city. He went on to plant and pastor East Lake Community Fellowships (now Community Life Church), a missional congregation in southeast Atlanta, and served as the Atlanta City Director for Mission Year, a national year-long urban ministry program focused on service and discipleship. In 2007 Leroy became President of Mission Year and led the organization until 2013. He also served as Co-Executive Director of FCS Urban Ministries from 2009 to 2013 and as Global Executive Director of Word Made Flesh from 2013 to 2015.
Leroy is currently the Executive Director of The Voices Project and Holla, organizations committed to supporting and developing leaders of color. He serves on the boards of the Christian Community Development Association (CCDA), The Simple Way and EEN, the Evangelical Environmental Network. He is the author of New Neighbor: An Invitation to Join Beloved Community, Everyday Missions: How Ordinary People Can Change the World, (IVP) and recently released Red, Brown, Yellow, Black, White: Who’s More Precious in God’s Sight? (Jericho).
David M. Bailey has spent the last 15 years using music as a tool in the reconciliation process. The speaker, producer, and author is a native of Richmond, the former “Capital of the Confederacy.” He hopes that his work will help the city become the “Capital of Reconciliation.”
David is the founder of Arrabon, a nonprofit that helps communities understand diversity and reconciliation through the vehicles of cultural training and music. He is an active member of a multicultural Christian faith community that endeavors to be a faithful presence for both the poor and rich in the gentrifying neighborhood of Church Hill. Over the last five summers, he has conducted an urban songwriting internship to create new songs with people of diverse ethnicities, races, and socioeconomic backgrounds in order to tell new stories and create spaces of belonging in a gentrified community.
David is the author of Arrabon: Learning Reconciliation through Community and Worship Music and the producer of Urban Doxology. His greatest honor in life is to be married to his wonderful and beautiful wife, Joy.
Rev. Alexia Salvatierra is the author with Dr. Peter Heltzel of “Faith-Rooted Organizing: Mobilizing the Church in Service to the World” (Intervarsity Press) and the founder of the Faith-Rooted Organizing UnNetwork.. She is a Lutheran Pastor with over 35 years of experience in community ministry, including church-based service and community development programs, congregational and community organizing, and legislative advocacy. She has been a national leader in the areas of working poverty and immigration for over 20 years, including the co-founding of the national Evangelical Immigration Table (a very broad coalition of evangelical leaders and institutions advocating for immigration reform.).
She is adjunct faculty for the Micah Doctorate of Ministry for the New York Theological Seminary, Spanish MDiv and School of Intercultural Studies for Fuller Theological Seminary, Masters in Urban Studies at Eastern University, Maestria at Universidad Teologica de la Iglesia Apostolica, MDiv at the New Theological Seminary of the West, Haiti Partners Interseminary Micah Program, Duke Divinity School Summer Intensive, and has taught at Vanguard and Biola Universities as well as lecturing at a variety of academic institutions, including the University of Southern California and UCLA. From 2000 to 2011, she was the Executive Director of Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice—beginning as the director of CLUE in Los Angeles and then as the first CLUE-CA director. CLUE-CA is a statewide alliance of organizations of religious leaders who come together to respond to the crisis of working poverty by joining low-wage workers in their struggle for a living wage, health insurance, fair working conditions and a voice in the decisions that affect them. Under Alexia’s leadership, CLUE-CA became known for its young leaders’ project, the New Sanctuary Movement (in which congregations in 37 cities around the country accompanied immigrant workers and their families facing deportation), and the “Our Children” project in Orange County which engages immigrant and non-immigrant evangelical congregations in joint ministry to immigrant youth facing deportation.
Urban Doxology is a band that writes the soundtrack of reconciliation in the racially diverse and gentrifying neighborhood of Church Hill, Richmond, VA. They are an active part of East End Fellowship, a community that endeavors to be a faithful presence seeking God’s joy and justice for their neighborhood out of love for Christ. Urban Doxology’s music & liturgy is community development for the soul, creating shared experiences of embodied reconciliation.