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From Conversation to Action Diversity & Inclusion Conference at Webster University

Join us for a powerful and insightful conference featuring nationally renowned speakers, lectures and panel discussions designed to share experiences, research and emerging trends.

February 24 – 27, 2020

Webster University Main Campus

#WebsterInclusion

Featuring Nationally Recognized Leaders in Diversity & Inclusion

February 24, 2020

Sam White

Civic Entrepreneur & Advocate

@samwhiteout

The social media phenom and political activist shares his inclusive worldview on issues relating to social justice and encourages others to get involved and create positive change in their community.

February 26, 2020

Michele Norris

Peabody-Award Winning Journalist & Founder of The Race Card Project

@michele_norris

An award-winning journalist and one of the most recognized voices in radio, she engages audiences in candid discussion about race, culture and communication in America.

February 26, 2020

Aisha Sultan

St. Louis Post Dispatch Nationally Syndicated Columnist & Independent Filmmaker

@AishaS

Sultan’s work has run in more than a hundred publications, including the The Atlantic , the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post. Her work explores social change and how it affects families.

February 27, 2020

Shelly Tochluk

Author of Witnessing Whiteness

@shellytochluk

White anti-racist community educator with AWARE-LA for over 15 years, Shelly shares lessons learned about what it means to act as an ally and inspire white people to take action for racial justice.

2020 Conference Agenda

All sessions are free of charge

Monday, February 24, 2020

The Webster University Loretto Hilton Center, 130 Edgar Rd., Webster Groves, MO 63119

  • 5:00 - 7:00 pm: Student Bazaar
  • 7:00 - 8:15 pm: What Does Allyship Actually Look Like? Presented by Sam White

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Luhr Building, 475 E. Lockwood Ave., St. Louis, MO 63119

  • 8:30 - 9:00 am: Registration
  • 9:00 - 10:15 am: Webster University & The St. Louis Business Journal Roundtable: The Business Case for Inclusion
  • 10:15 - 10:30 am: Break
  • 10:30 - 11:30 am: See Something/Say Something: Finding Your Voice in the Equity Conversation
  • 11:30 am - 1:00 pm: Association of African American Collegians - 50 Years of Impact: Table Talk (Lunch Provided with Advance Registration)
  • 1:00 - 2:00 pm: Mulan and Me
  • 2:00 - 2:15 pm: Break
  • 2:15 - 3:30 pm: Preparing Students for Workplace Diversity

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Winifred Moore Auditorium, 470 E. Lockwood Ave., St. Louis, MO 63119

  • 8:30 - 9:00 am: Registration
  • 9:00 - 10:15 am: The Race Card Project. Presented by Michele Norris
  • 10:15 - 10:45 am: Break

Luhr Building, 475 E. Lockwood Ave., St. Louis, MO 63119

  • 10:45 - 11:45 am: The Intersectionality of Disability: Attitudes, Accommodations, Integration
  • 11:45 a.m. - 1:00 pm: Drinking from the Dragon’s Well -Tea in Chinese Art & Culture (Lunch Provided with Advance Registration)
  • 1:00 - 2:00 pm: Why Diversity and Representation Matter in Today's Newsrooms
  • 2:00 - 2:15 pm: Break
  • 2:15 - 3:30 pm: Other People: But Where Are You Really From? Presented by Aisha Sultan

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Winifred Moore Auditorium, 470 E. Lockwood Ave., St. Louis, MO 63119

  • 8:30 - 9:00 am: Registration
  • 9:00 -10:15 am: Allyship in a Time of Polarization: Tensions Encountered and Lessons Learned. Presented by Shelly Tochluk
  • 10:15 - 10:45 am: Break

Luhr Building, 475 E. Lockwood Ave., St. Louis, MO 63119

  • 10:45 a.m. - 11:45 pm: Can Early Exposure to Diverse Books Pre-Empt Racial Bias Formation? Presented by We Stories
  • 11:45 a.m. - 1:00 pm: Inequality and the Environment: Costa Rica Study Abroad Testimonials (Lunch Provided with Advance Registration)
  • 1:00 - 2:00 pm: Africana Studies: A Student-Made Documentary on Study Abroad Trip to Ghana
  • 2:00 - 2:15 pm: Break
  • 2:15 - 3:30 pm: The Intersection of Voice and Action Within the School Community

Event Sponsors


Silver Sponsors


Bronze Sponsors

The Jane M. and
Bruce P. Robert
Charitable Foundation