Intersectionality in Social Movements and Lessons from Mizzou: An evening with Payton Head
After igniting a nationwide movement for inclusion, former Mizzou Student Body President, Payton Head, comes to visit Rutgers University-Newark to speak on race relations, contemporary social movements, college activism, and LGBTQ equality. We invite the RU-N campus and Newark community to join us for an evening where Payton Head will share his narrative and how intersectionality can be utilized to ignite a social movement towards justice and equity.
About Payton Head:
Payton is a recent graduate of the University of Missouri where he represented 28,000 students as President of the student government. In the aftermath of Ferguson, he spearheaded conversations about improving race relations in Missouri. Head’s viral Facebook post detailing his experience with racism at Mizzou ignited students to fight for a more inclusive campus and shook up the world of higher education. This led to the #ConcernedStudent1950 movement, where campus protests resulted in the resignation of the chancellor and UM-System president in fall 2015. Head was featured in Teen Vogue’s "How Three Students Changed the Course of History at Their Schools."
Head was awarded an NAACP Image Award on the mantra “Courage Will Not Skip this Generation,” and he was featured in Spike Lee’s ESPN documentary “2 Fists UP.” He is a contributing writer for the Huffington Post and joined former Secretary Arne Duncan with the U.S. Department of Education to discuss strategies for addressing campus race relations. With the National Campus Leadership Council and the Department of Ed, he co-authored a guide for student leaders for addressing inclusion, and has presented to students nationwide on the importance of creating a culture of acceptance.
A member of the LGBTQ community, Head facilitates dialogue on the intersection of race and sexual identities. He has presented at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, addressed the White House Initiative on HBCUs, and helped to organize and present at the first White House Convening for Diversity and Inclusion in Higher Ed. He has been featured in national media outlets such as CNN, MSNBC, ABC, The New York Times and The Washington Post.
Using his platform to advocate for inclusion, Head empowers students and campus administrators to fight hatred with radical love for others and for themselves.