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May 9-10, 2024
Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center, East Lansing, MI
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monique inez liston, a visionary thought partner, dynamic facilitator, afrofuturist evaluator, and abolitionist leader. dr. monique’s purpose is to infuse Black aliveness into every facet of her being, igniting transformative change within teams, organizations, and community leaders. Grounded in the belief that the futures of Black people are integral to social justice, dr. monique champions emergence and abolition as pathways to liberatory practices in evaluation, serving as the founder, Chief Strategist, and Joyful Militant at UBUNTU Research and Evaluation. She hails from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is a dog mom to Simone and tortoise mom to Franklin, and loves to cook, eat, travel, and lay down.

Keynote Title: "Can I say again how alive your being alive makes me feel?": Afrofuturist Intimacies in Systems-Level Evaluation

In this keynote address, we delve into the intersection of Afrofuturism and systems-level evaluation, exploring the profound intimacies embedded within these realms. Drawing inspiration from the evocative quote, "Can I say again how alive your being alive makes me feel?" by Barbara Christian, literary theorist, to Audre Lorde, writer, and poet, this presentation navigates the transformative potential of Afrofuturist principles in reimagining evaluative practices within complex systems. Through an engaging blend of theoretical discourse, experiential narratives, and visionary perspectives, attendees will embark on a journey of discovery into the ways in which Afrofuturism can infuse evaluation processes with intimacy, action, and transformation. Through this discussion we focus on evaluation being not just a tool of analysis but a conduit for developing deep relationships and nurturing collective flourishing toward transformational systems change.

Scholarships Available

Learn more about the conference scholarship here.

Preconference and Networking Event

MAE will also host preconference workshops and a networking event on May 9.

Preconference Workshops: 1pm - 4pm

Learn more about the preconference workshops here.

Networking Event: 5pm - 7pm

Join us for a free networking event at the Hopcat in East Lansing! Enjoy free drinks, heavy appetizers, and engaging conversation during this networking event for Michigan evaluators! We will be offering opportunities for focused conversation through roundtable discussion and opportunities for networking. We’d love to see you there!

Timing: 5-7pm

Location: Hopcat

Cost: Free (registration is not required but please note attendance on main conference registration)


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