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Join us for George Fox University's student multicultural leadership conference on Friday, Oct. 20 and Saturday, Oct. 21.

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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Schedule of Events

Friday, October 20

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

Saturday, October 21

10 a.m.
Hoover Academic Building
Plenary Speakers
11:15 a.m.
Hoover Academic Building
Breakout Sessions 1
12:30 p.m.
Canyon Commons
Lunch
1:45 p.m.
Hoover Academic Building
Breakout Session 2
3:15 p.m.
Hoover Academic Building
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

  • Controlling of Black Bodies: Mass Incarceration and Police Brutality
  • Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
  • Foster Care System
  • Advocacy on College Campuses: Practical Ways of Engaging on Campus

Notes for Visitors

Off-campus guests, please park in our Hoover 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). 


David Bailey

David Bailey

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.


Michelle Lang

Michelle Lang

Originally from Laurel, Mississippi, Michelle has lived in the Pacific Northwest for 20-plus years. She is currently the campus pastor at Warner Pacific College and a worship leader at Imago Dei Community. Michelle is also the creator of “The Art of Tough Talks,” a multimedia platform that fosters meaningful conversations.


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.