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
9 a.m. Session 2: Understanding Multiness
• Multiracial Microaggressions & Monoracism
• Visibility and the Multiracial Aesthetic
• Authenticity, Code-Switching, & Being Enough

11 a.m. Alumni panel

2 p.m. Keynote speaker

Lang Performing Arts Center, Pearson–Hall Theatre

3:30 p.m. Session 3: Cultivating Multiness
• Agency, Allyship, & Advocacy
• Outing, Otherness, & Erasure
• Authenticity, Code-Switching, & Being Enough

Sunday, April 15
11 a.m. Closing remarks