Welcome Keynote Speaker- Aaron Reader
Aaron Reader was born and raised in Oakland, CA. Growing up in the inner-city came with many ups and downs as well as triumphs. Aaron has been able to draw from these experiences and bring them to life through spoken word. At 16, it became apparent that poetry was an outlet that would not only provide a voice for his self but for others as well.
Aaron attended Saint Augustine's College in Raleigh NC, where he received his BA in Psychology. He has worked in higher education for the past 10 years. Currently, he is serving as the Dean of Student Success at Renton Technical College. Aaron received his Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology at Argosy University, Seattle.
For the past 10 years, Aaron has been directly involved with work related to social justice and equity. Having a strong understanding of diversity and multiculturalism provides him with a number of "real life" issues to explore. "As I experience the world... many people, opportunities, and situations cross my path. I capture those moments with a mental camera in real time and share them with the world." - AR
In addition to his work in higher education, Aaron has a passion for poetry and spoken word. One of his largest performances was at the Benaroya Hall with over 1200 in attendance. He has also opened for well-known poets such as Def Poetry Jam Artists Prentice Powell, Sunni Patterson, Black Ice and Tasha Jones. Aaron has been recognized as a local spoken word artist who has a powerful, emotional, real, and conscious style.
Aaron is also an amazing motivational speaker and facilitator. He facilitates workshops across the Pacific NW on Identity Development, Masculinity with Creative Writing and an emphasis on Social Justice.