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MTV Real World Cast Member, Diversity Consultant & Assistant Dean & Managing Director of Diversity & Inclusion Programs at Stanford University
Mohammed Soriano-Bilal is probably best known as the voice of reason on MTV's Real World San Francisco. He is an accomplished Diversity & Inclusion consultant, a strategist, a poet, and an award-winning producer of both music and film. As a facilitator of hundreds of Diversity & Inclusion presentations and workshops - with clients that include Nokia, EventBrite, Progressive Corporation, Campbell Ewald, and the US Treasury - Mohammed works to help organizations remove the blockages that stand in the way of growth. Read More >
As a multi-disciplinarian artist, Mohammed has collaborated with Santana, Public Enemy, Ben Harper, De La Soul, Danny Glover and Mos Def; his music has been featured on NBC, the CW, and the Sundance Film Festival; he wrote a weekly column for the San Francisco Bay Guardian; and his film work includes If I Were President, an election campaign that helped register 200,000 first-time voters of color and Vocabulary of Change, a conversation between Angela Davis and Tim Wise.
As executive director of the African American Art & Culture Complex, one of San Francisco city's six cultural centers, Mohammed led a strategic shift resulting in a 21% increase in revenue. Currently, Mohammed serves as Assistant Dean & Managing Director of Diversity & Inclusion Programs at Stanford University, where he oversees a team of world-class facilitators and explores his scholarly passion for the confluence of equity, art, and innovation. Read Less ^
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How do we disempower HIV/AIDS? This lecture attempts to displace the negative stereotypes and mindsets attached to HIV/AIDS, and replace them with positive archetypes and empowered mindfulness. The main aim is to educate the spirit, to burst through the statistical ritual, and learn, at the most basic level, what HIV/AIDS means and how it lacks any real power to destroy love and happiness. The disempowerment of HIV/AIDS is most important for youth, who are developing (almost daily!) ways to look at themselves and the world. This lecture blends facts, figures, narratives, poetry, and hip-hop story-telling.
Do you prefer pink or blue, car or bike-- black man or white woman? When choosing A over B- how do preconceived socio-cultural notions affect our daily choices and what role does prejudice play in our preferences? Preference & Prejudice is a fun, insightful examination of preference and its role in the ways we move toward and away from one another. Using his own personal narrative, Mohammed Bilal blends scholarship, rap and spoken word into a playful exploration of preference and desire, elucidating everyday methods for open interactions.
This presentation starts with a viewing of Toward Excellence, a short film that explores diversity and equity at American independent schools. It looks closely at the problematic 80’s, when many private schools intentionally/experimentally increased admittance of African-American students to meet self-imposed quotas. Through interviews with some of today’s top administrators—Al Adams (Lick-Wilmerding High School), Lucinda Lee Katz (Marin Country Day School) and others—the film offers valuable insights for building vibrant and inclusive school communities. Director Mohammed Bilal, who attended, taught and lead independent schools, facilitates the interactive Q & A, vicariously using the film and personal narratives as tools to unravel power and privilege, race, gender and space.
"Mohammed was wonderful! The students (and my boss) loved his presentation. Even more, the students enjoyed having dinner and conversation with him after the conference. Mohammed made a huge impression on the students and one student even wants to bring him back again for a panel later in the year. "
"For all who attended, it was an amazing day that encouraged thought provoking, informative, discussions about the value of diversity. Mr. Bilal’s '12 Steps to Diversity' was both captivating and insightful and everyone whom we spoke to agreed that it was a tremendous presentation that made them think of diversity in a different way."
"We, at RIT, appreciate your continued commitment to pluralism in thought, perspective, and behavior that helps to build a culture of inclusiveness. It was a pleasure meeting you and having you take a glimpse back in time at our luncheon honoring those who paved the way for vibrancy today."
"Mohammed was outstanding. Everything we had hoped for. Excellent facilitator, extremely professional, very dynamic, and appealing. I had extremely positive feedback from parents, teachers and students. Thanks for suggesting him."
"Over the past few days, I've heard several students and staff discussing his talk. We couldn't have had a better speaker, so please thank him for us."
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