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Compass: Navigating Multiness


This undergraduate three-day conference will bring together people who share a multiracial experience. It is open to anyone who has ever asked, “Am I authentic enough to claim this identity?” or who has been asked, “What are you / Where are you really from?”

We will explore the navigation of multiple identities, particularly those unaddressed or marginalized in mainstream society. Although not everyone has a “multi” experience, the “multi” experience affects us all.

Compass: Navigating Multiness will focus on relationships, identity, and society. The conference recognizes that living among multiple identities affects how we interact, how we grow, and how we establish our multiness in new and old communities.

Compass is hosted by Multi, a club chartered through Swarthmore’s Student Government Organization and a member of the Intercultural Center Collective. Our aim is to create a space at Swarthmore for people who self-identify with multiheritage, including the multiracial, multiethnic, and multicultural experiences.

Conference Schedule

Friday, April 13
3 p.m. Session 1: Navigating Multiness

  • Defining Multiness
  • Interracial Relationships
  • Art exhibit and reception

Saturday, April 14

8:00 a.m. Check-in and Breakfast
Location: Parrish Parlors

8:30 a.m. Session 2: Understanding Multiness

  • Multiracial Microaggressions & Monoracism
  • Visibility and the Multiracial Aesthetic
  • Authenticity, Code-Switching, & Being Enough

10:30 a.m. Alumni Meet and Greet Coffee Break
Location: Outside Sci 101

11 a.m. Alumni panel
Location: Sci 101

12:30 p.m. SQU x Colors x Multi Lunch
Location: Upper Tarble

1:30 p.m. Session 3: Cultivating Multiness

  • Agency, Allyship, & Advocacy
  • Outing, Otherness, & Erasure
  • Authenticity, Code-Switching, & Being Enough
  • Get Out showing will start at 1:15p.m

3:30 p.m. Keynote speaker: A conversation with Junot Diaz
Location: Lang Performing Arts Center, Pearson–Hall Theatre

4:45 p.m. Book Signing and Reception
Location: LPAC Lobby

5:45 p.m. Open Space Synthesis
Location: Scheuer Room

5:45 p.m. ENLACE x SOCA x Multi Dinner
Location: Upper Tarble

10:00 p.m. Compass Conference Party
Location: Upper Tarble

Sunday, April 15

11 a.m. Closing remarks