Vanessa Roberts is a visionary whose dynamic, incisive, and sometimes hilarious presentation on Code Switching allows the audience to better bridge the gaps between the racial, economic, and cultural difference that both divide and bind our society. In my Career and Technology Education (CTE) classrooms, I have used Vanessa’s presentation as an entry point for students to understand the contrast between everyday and professional communication and the way to successfully navigate between both worlds. Vanessa has an innate ability to engage students and is always one of my most popular presenters.
Incredible! Vanessa was a hit with our group. She easily understood the context of the group and worked with everyone in a manner that was inclusive and thought-provoking, prompting dialogue and understanding. I’ll definitely work with her again.
I appreciated the risk the presenter took in opening herself and sharing her story. It was a great example of how humor can be used to facilitate a discussion of a serious topic.