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Join us for George Fox University's student multicultural leadership conference on Friday, Oct. 26 and Saturday, Oct. 27.

The Voices Project Conference will highlight multicultural and multiethnic leadership in the U.S. It's open to all students and faculty, community members and to several other universities in the area. Workshops and main sessions will be taught by leaders who include Donna and Leroy Barber, David Bailey and Alexia Salvatierra. Join us as they share their journeys and experiences with us.

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Sample of Schedule of Events

Friday, October 26

5:30 p.m.
Bauman Auditorium
Doors Open
6 p.m.
Bauman Auditorium
Opening worship session with Urban Doxology, spoken word and Voices Project panelists*

Saturday, October 27

10 a.m.
Canyon Commons
Plenary Speakers
11:00 a.m.
Canyon Commons
Breakout Sessions 1
12:15 p.m.
Canyon Commons
Lunch
1:15 p.m.
Canyon Commons
Breakout Session 2
3:20 p.m.
Canyon Commons
Closing Session

*George Fox students: There is chapel credit offered for attending this event; the amount will vary based upon participation in both Friday and Saturday's activities.


Breakout Session Topics

  • Information coming soon!

Notes and Directions for Visitors

From 99W- When traveling West on 99
  • Take right on N Villa Rd, just past Muchas Gracias and on the corner of Human Bean
  • Pass dormitories and construction
  • Take a left on Fulton St (there will be a stop)
  • Travel about a ¼ mile, there will be a speed bump. Take first left into a parking lot by the Stoffer Football Field
From 99E- When traveling east on 99
  • Take left on N Villa Rd, just past Shells Gas Station
  • Pass dormitories and construction
  • Take a left on Fulton St (there will be a stop)
  • Travel about a ¼ mile, there will be a speed bump. Take first left into a parking lot by the Stoffer Football Field

Off-campus guests, please park in our Hoover or Roberts Center parking lot. ( Parking Map)


Visiting Panelists and Musicans  

Donna Barber

Donna Barber

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 nonprofits. 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, Barber resides in Portland, 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 Barber

Leroy Barber

Leroy Barber has dedicated more than 25 years to eradicating poverty, confronting homelessness, restoring local neighborhoods, healing racism, and living what Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. called “the beloved community.”

In 1989, burdened by the plight of Philadelphia’s homeless population, Leroy and his wife Donna founded Restoration Ministries, a nonprofit 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 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 innercity. 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). 


Alexia Salvatierra 

Rev. Salvatierra is a Lutheran Pastor with 35 years of experience in community ministry such as church-based service and community development 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.).

Urban Doxology

UrbanDoxology

Urban Doxology is a band that writes the soundtrack of reconciliation in the racially diverse and gentrifying neighborhood of Church Hill, in Richmond, Virginia. 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 and liturgy are community development for the soul, creating shared experiences of embodied reconciliation.


“The Voices Project Conference was an amazing way to engage in healthy conversation about the steps we need to take as Christians to stand by all our brothers and sisters.”

- Grace Matteson '19