Hip Hop: Tool, Toy or weapon!

This year the theme is Hip-Hop: Tool, Toy or Weapon? What are the Hip-Hop possibilities, realities and results associated with hip-hop in the 21st century? The NW Leadership Conference serves as a yearly opportunity to examine and explore issues related to hip-hop like sustainability, accountability, global citizenship, leadership, ownership, privilege, diversity, social justice, race/racism, sexual orientation, gender relations, and getting paid in a multicultural 21st century America. This conference fits in perfectly with many of the issues that interest and challenge us every day. We are looking for workshop sessions that stretch participants’ thinking every day, all day all year long. The workshop sessions will be challenging, though-provoking and provide participants with practical skills and tools to listen, process and take action.


  • Date: Saturday, March 19, 2011
  • Time: 12:00 – 7:00PM *featuring steppers, breakers and hip-hop performers (5-7p) competing for cash and prizes!
  • Location: Washington Hall (tentative)

about the Diversity Speaker Series

The NW Hip-Hop Leadership Conference is a part of the Bush School’s Diversity Speaker Series (DSS). Over the past two years, The DSS has welcomed many nationally/internationally recognized speakers to engage the Bush community, and the greater Seattle area in conversations about leadership, diversity and privilege. For more information about DSS, please visit our website: http://www.bush.edu/diversity. If you have any questions, suggestions or concerns, please call Dr. Eddie Moore, Jr., Director of Diversity, at 206-326-7731 or eddie.moorejr@bush.edu.


ACLU | Bethany Presbyterian Church | Clowes Center for the Study of Conflict and Dialogue | Comparative History of Ideas-UW | Cross Cultural Connections | Empower Law PLLC | Giddens School | Mount Zion Baptist Church | Seattle Pacific University | Seattle Public Schools | North Seattle Community College | Seattle University | Starbucks | Seattle Hip-Hop Summit Action Network and Youth Council | UmojaFest P.E.A.C.E. Center | WEACT | YMCA of Greater Seattle

SPS CLOCK HOURS: Participants who attend a one-hour pre-lecture workshop and the lecture/discussion are eligible for three clock hours at a cost of $6 ($2/hour). Please bring a check made out to Seattle Public Schools. We are unable to offer clock hours for the lecture only. Contact Jenn Kovach, SPS, at jekovach@seattleschools.org with questions

Draft Schedule at a Glance:

  • 11a – 12p Registration and Open Mic
  • 12 – 1:15p Lunch and Community Discussions
  • 1:30 – 2:45p Workshop Sessions I
  • 3 – 4:15p Workshop Sessions II
  • 5 – 6:30p Hip Hop Performances
  • 6:30 – 7p Prizes and Closing


Eddie Moore, Jr.
Director of Diversity
The Bush School