Our Distinguished Speaker

Alephonsion Deng 
Alephonsion was seven years old when his village in Southern Sudan was attacked. He fled into the night without food, water, shoes, or parents and crossed a thousand miles of war-torn territory. Five years later he reached Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya and began his education. In 2001 the U.S. Government welcomed Alephonsion to America as one of the Lost Boys of Sudan.   
Alephonsion’s memoirs have won many awards, including the Christopher. He has spoken to hundreds of universities, clubs, and organizations to bring awareness to the world about what is going on in his country by sharing his extraordinary story of survival. 


Books Written by Alephonsion Deng 

  • They Poured Fire on Us from the Sky:  The True Story of Three Lost Boys of Sudan

  • Disturbed In Their Nests: A Journey from Sudan’s Dinkaland to San Diego’s City Heights 


Please buy these books at TheyPouredFireBooks.com   

Dr. Stephen Lloyd-Moffett

A professor of Comparative Religion at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, an occasional columnist for the Tribune, and advocate for religious dialogue.  An internationally-known scholar of Religious Studies, Dr. Lloyd-Moffett has given over 100 local lectures on Islam since his arrival in the area in 2005.  He is the past recipient of the College of Liberal Arts teaching award and the Top 20 Under 40 award from the San Luis Obispo Tribune. 


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SLO Equity: Engaging Our Community One Person at a Time


Our new SLO Equity podcast dives into the origins of systemic racism, and unconscious bias in San Luis Obispo County. It tells the stories of the minorities affected by it as well as the stories of those people working to improve diversity, equity, and inclusion in this predominantly white community.


Presented by the Diversity Coalition of San Luis Obispo County, we investigate how businesses, community members, local schools, and government are navigating conversations of diversity, equity and inclusion and how community members can get involved and become allies in the fight for equality.

Listen now: Episode #1 | Episode #2 | Episode #3


Find it at sloequity.org and anywhere you listen to podcasts.

In Memoriam

Rudy Xavier - President Emeritus


Our Mission

The Coalition provides educational programs and resources to facilitate and advance the efforts of our affiliated individuals and organizations in order to promote and advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion.