Diversity Forum 2021

July 26, 2021 (All day) to July 29, 2021 (All day)

Charged up.

That’s how we’re feeling about the stellar lineup of speakers and workshops for this year’s Diversity Forum 2021, “Dismantling Oppressive Systems: Building Just Communities” from July 26-29, 2021. The virtual event is free and open to all.

There’s a slate of featured sessions and workshops designed to forge justice on a number of pressing fronts, along with an evening of performances guaranteed to bring joy and inspiration.

Speakers include:

  • Anthony Ray Hinton, who was wrongfully convicted of two murders and spent 30 years on death row in Alabama. With the assistance of the Equal Justice Initiative led by attorney Bryan Stevenson, Hinton was exonerated and released in 2015. His story is the focus of the award-winning film “Just Mercy.”
  • ACLU Board President and civil rights leader Deborah Archer
  • Russell Jeung, co-founder of the Stop AAPI Hate, a coalition that tracks and responds to incidences of hate against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States.
  • Keisha N. Blain, award-winning historian, author, and MSNBC columnist who co-edited the bestseller “Four Hundred Souls” with Ibram X. Kendi.
  • Anneliese Singh, award-winning author of The Racial Healing Handbook and the Queer and Trans Resilience Workbook.
  • Jacqueline Patterson, senior director of the NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program.

Visit the Diversity Forum website for more details on featured sessions and workshops.

What’s New

The Office for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion is offering a two-day Pre-Forum Institute, "Racial Equity Consciousness: A Framework to Foster Antiracist Practices and Culture Across Communities", from July 26-27 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

This intensive and interactive course is designed to provide individuals with a framework for advancing racial equity across their organizations and communities. Attendees can earn continuing education credits and will receive a certificate of completion. Space is limited. Learn more about the Pre-Forum Institute and reserve your spot.

Art of Diversity Showcase

We invite you to join the hundreds of artists who have awed us with their creative expressions in all genres. Cash prizes will be awarded. The deadline to submit is July 16, 2021. Learn more about the Art of Diversity Showcase

Virtual Poster Exhibition

Submit virtual poster presentation proposals for the Forum on research, community-based efforts, and educational initiatives designed to address or eliminate inequities in communities. The submission deadline is July 16, 2021.

Register for the Diversity Forum.

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