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African Americans
Art & Politics
Electoral Politics
Human Rights
Immigration
Leadership
Multiculturalism
Racism/Racial Justice
Tia Oso is a transformational organizer and strategist. A community engagement professional specializing in social change initiatives, she currently serves as Director of Impact at Revolve Impact, an award-winning social action media and creative company that utilizes radical imagination, art, and culture to transform global power, politics, and people.
A dynamic and experienced social justice leader, Oso has organized for over 10 years, leading campaigns to mobilize thousands of advocates for various issues in the public interest including racial justice, public art and arts education, immigrant and refugee rights, prison abolition, voting rights, access and engagement, economic equity and gentrification, equity in the tech industry, human rights, and international solidarity. She captivated the social justice movement and brought #BlackLivesMatter to the forefront of the 2016 U.S. Presidential race when she led the historic #SayHerName action disrupting the Netroots Nation Presidential Town Hall and successfully demanded that presidential candidates address structural racism in their policy platforms. 
With her depth of experience, Ms. Oso is a sought-after thought leader and change maker on issues of social justice both in the U.S. and internationally. In her previous work with the Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI), she led African American and Black immigrant communities in developing strategies for progressive wins in racial justice and migrant rights, and building multiracial coalitions. Her work in immigrant rights opened doors for greater solidarity and strengthening relationships internationally among people of African descent in grassroots movements and advocacy throughout the diaspora. 
Tia regularly speaks, writes, and appears in radio, television, film and print media in the U.S., Europe and the Caribbean on issues at the intersection of race and migrant rights and the significance of Black organizing in progressive movements. Tia Is a firm believer in the power of everyday people to enact change in their communities.
 
Testimonials
"For this movement to sustain, we need disrupters, builders and healers.  Tia is all three. Tia possesses the ability to challenge the status quo, while also facilitating space for collaboration, visioning and even rest.   A balanced leader, she has shown me how to lead with grace and the importance of listening intently to the needs of community in the ongoing struggle towards liberation.”
 
— Ifeoma Ike, Esq., Co-Creator, BlackandBrownPeopleVote
"Tia Oso's courageous leadership sets a profound example of the vital work happening at the intersection of anti-racist movement building, policy making and community advocacy.  She is able to fuse theory, history and activism together to help us reimagine a more equitable future.  Tia's courage and analysis inspires students and community members to believe they can play a important role in forming a more just democracy."
 
 Mary Stephens, Producing Director, Performance in the Borderlands School of Film, Dance & Theatre, Arizona State University
 
"Tia Oso is a rare force. A proven leader, I have witnessed her on countless occasions bring harmony from chaos with her presence and wisdom. She has a gift for sharing the most complex ideas in a digestible way. Her presentations have the ability to transform lives. I count it a privilege to journey alongside such a courageous and necessary leader. "
 
 
- Opal Tometi, Co-founder of #BlackLivesMatter and Executive Director of the Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI)
Speeches
Black in America, the Original "Illegals"  
This discussion on race and citizenship exposes the white nativist roots of the anti-immigrant movement and draws parallels between the experiences African-Americans and the great migration and modern migration to the U.S., particularly that of Black immigrants and refugees.
 
Black Arts Matter
This talk explores the significance of arts and pop culture in making a movement. What is the role of artists in the movement for Black Lives and past and future Black liberation struggles? Whether its, We Shall Overcome, or Say it Loud, I’m Black and I’m Proud, art is a critical element of shaping social movements and the Movement for Black Lives is no different. 
 
Chaos or Community: the Persistent Question in Achieving Racial Progress and Human Rights  
50 years after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's Nobel Prize winning book, this talk discusses how progressives must not forget the importance of developing a radically inclusive coalition, which includes Black leadership, in building a full fledged human rights movement in the United States today. 
 
Digital Cotton-Picking 
The digital technology industry claims to be egalitarian, disruptive, and innovative, when in fact much of tech culture both repeats and maintains existing structures of oppression, social hierarchies, and economic exploitation. How can higher education institutions contribute to advancing equity in STEM fields? How can the tech industry be held more accountable in promoting racial and gender equity within its own ranks? This presentation delves into these and other questions connected with the role of the tech industry in today’s society.
 
Media