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About Jessica

Jessica PettittJessica Pettitt is the "diversity educator" your family warned you about.

She is easy to work with, accessible, and presents concepts that can be hard to put into action and makes them simple. Jess gets participants uncomfortable enough to incorporate — not just talk about — social justice into their lives immediately. Nominated for three years by Campus Activities Magazine for Best Diversity Artist, Best Speaker 2014, and Hot Pick for 2011, Jessica’s programs are direct, customized, and highly interactive. Her workshops, trainings, and keynotes take participants on a journey weaving together politics, theory, current events, and storytelling with large doses of humor reminiscent of Bob Newhart, George Carlin, Wanda Sykes and Paula Poundstone. This is by no means your typical diversity speaker!

Jessica takes 10+ years in Student Affairs, 5+ years of national consulting work, and 2+ years of stand up comedy stage to stage as part of her mission to inspire change, dismantle oppression, and reclaim our responsibility to make change. Through teaching, writing, and facilitating tough conversations, Jessica has figured out how to BE the change she wants to BE. Now it is your turn!