Conference Keynote Speakers
dr. Saby Labor
dr. Saby Labor is a mixed race, Hapa, Brown Boi, and Hawaii/Cali transplant currently surviving and thriving in the arctic tundra of Minneapolis, Minnesota. They are the founder of Resilient Campus, a professional coaching and higher education consulting organization with 12 years of experience working in various functional areas. These include college access for first-generation students, residential life, academic support, sexual assault prevention, teaching, and women’s and LGBTQ support services.
Saby has a doctorate degree in Higher Education Administration from St. Cloud State University and a master’s degree in Postsecondary Administration and Student Affairs from the University of Southern California (USC). Saby is a first-generation college student and fierce campus inclusion advocate. Saby uses she/her and they/them gender pronouns. Connect with them on Twitter or Instagram @ResilientCampus.
Check out their work at resilientcampus.com, which includes a weekly social justice podcast, resources for resilience and inclusion, as well as two self-published books titled “Student Internship Success Workbooks”.
Saymoukda Duangphouxay Vongsay
Saymoukda Duangphouxay Vongsay is a Lao American writer. She was born in a refugee camp in Nongkhai, Thailand and immigrated to Minnesota in 1984. Because of her unique background, her work is focused on creating tools and spaces for the amplification of refugee voices through poetry, theater, and experimental cultural production. Her plays have been presented by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, Theater Mu, Consortium of Asian American Theater Artists, and Theater Unbound. She is a Playwright's Center fellow in playwriting, a Loft Literary Center fellow in spoken word poetry, a Theater Mu fellow in playwriting, a Twin Cities Media Alliance fellow in public art, and an Aspen Ideas Bush Foundation scholar. She's received creative grants from the Jerome Foundation, Bush Foundation, Joyce Foundation, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Forecast Public Art, Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, and the MN State Arts Board, to name a few. She holds a Master in Liberal Studies degree specializing in arts and cultural production and development. Her illustrated book, When Everything Was Everything (Full Circle Publishing $18.95) is available now. Keep up with her @REFUGENIUS