School Speakers List 

Contact our education committee chair at to make a request.

Diversity Coalition San Luis Obispo County, Education Committee school speakers:


Holocaust survivor – she hid from the Nazis in an attic for 2 years, story similar to Anne Frank’s. She and her daughter share her story of survival.

Holocaust survivors – a couple who escaped Germany before the horrors really took hold, the wife as part of the orphan resettlement to England.  They give a detailed history of that time and the events that led up to it.

Dutch Resistance worker during WWII – her father was sent to a prison camp when the Nazis occupied Holland.  She and her mother nearly starved, yet they still decided to hide a Jewish girl in their home, at great risk to their own lives. (book)


Japanese Internment survivor – was sent to an internment camp in Poston, Arizona with his family during WWII.  He shares his story and also gives the history of AAPI prejudice.


Lost Boy of Sudan – survived the horrors of the civil war in Sudan in the nineties.  His story was documented in a movie starring Reese Witherspoon.  His American sponsor can join him to tell the story of his arrival in the U.S. (2 books)


Sudanese refugee – survived the lead-up to war in Sudan, then worked to resettle other refugees, through the International Refugee Committee.

Burundian refugees – cousins who recently fled Burundi, where a clash between the Hutu and Tutsi is currently brewing, like that in Rwanda in the nineties.

Chumash/Titavian elder – local tribal leader and historian. (book)


Actor/film writer on race and ethnicity – currently works with Matt Damon and Ben Affleck to promote diversity in the film industry.  She tours the country performing a one-woman play about racial identity.  She can perform her play or do a presentation on racial issues.