General Sessions

Opening General Session & Keynote

Thursday, October 21  |  3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.


“Why settle for outstanding when you can be UPstanding?”

Dr. Omékongo Dibinga is a professor of Inter-cultural Communication and a faculty affiliate to the Antiracist Research & Policy Center at American University. He is also an international speaker whose life’s mission is to inspire all across the globe to take a stand when they witness an injustice, no matter how small or large.

Dr. Omékongo’s most recent book “The UPstander’s Guide to an Outstanding Life” is a life balance book for students. In his book, Dr. Omékongo provides key steps that all students must adopt to achieve greatness in their lives so they may advance their causes in the most effective way possible.

Dr. Omékongo earned his M.A. in Law & Diplomacy at the Fletcher School and his Ph.D. in International Education Policy at the University of Maryland where his dissertation centered on the global hip-hop phenomenon and Jay-Z. At UMD, he also worked with the Southern Poverty Law Center’s “Teaching Diverse Students Initiative.” Across the country he has worked with school districts on culturally relevant instruction.

Dr. Omékongo Dibinga

International Motivational Speaker & UPstander


225 N. Michigan Ave, Suite 1300, Chicago, IL 60601