Elevating the Conversation | Webster University

Elevating the Conversation

Embracing Diversity & Inclusion

Feb. 28-March 1, 2018

Webster University, Webster Groves - Luhr Building

Keynote addresses, student panel discussions, and facilitated dialogue sessions create opportunities for those present to share their experiences, research, and emerging trends in creating communities that embrace diversity in ways that welcome and include.

For details on the 2018 conference, read below. Audio recordings of select sessions are available on SoundCloud. Please click on the linked titles to access. 

#WebsterInclusion

From Webster’s inception, we have been an institution that opened worlds that were previously closed to students. Our student body has become increasingly diverse in every way. We are a microcosm of the world across the Webster campus network and within each campus. We look forward to the 4th Annual Conference in 2019 and are planning topics and speakers now.

Nationally Recognized Leaders in Diversity and Inclusion:

Dr. Donald Suggs

Dr. Donald Suggs

Publisher and Executive Editor of the St. Louis American newspaper


Dr. Suggs is a local civil rights leader and is publisher and executive editor of the St. Louis American newspaper, Missouri’s largest weekly newspaper. The American is the largest independent newspaper in Missouri and one of the largest African-American papers in the nation.

New World

New World

A one-act play by Lee Patton Chiles


A very powerful one-act play by Gitana Productions is pointedly relevant to our community and to the nation. The play is based on interviews with actual refugees living in St. Louis.

2018 Conference Agenda

Wednesday, Feb. 2

Luhr Building
475 E Lockwood Ave
Saint Louis, MO 63119

8:30-9:00 am
Registration

9:00-9:15 am
Opening Remarks

9:15-10:30 am
A Conversation with Dr. Donald M. Suggs (Keynote)
Interviewed by Zoe Burton (Student & SGA VP)

10:30-10:45 am
Break

10:45 am-Noon
Racial & Ethnic Disparities in Health Care
Moderated by Nicole Roach
Panelists: Dr. Susan McFarlan (Webster University), Kel Ward (St. Louis Children's Hospital) and Pat Coleman (Behavioral Health Response)

Noon-12:45 pm
Elevated Conversations

12:45-2:00 pm
Reframing Master Narratives of Dis/Ability
Presented by Webster University's
Academic Resource Center

2:00-2:15 pm
Break

2:15-3:30 pm
Hate Speech Hate Crimes
Presented by Dr. Linda Woolf (Webster University)

3:30-4:30 pm
Examining the Criminal Justice System
Moderated by Dr. Julie Setele (Webster University)
Panelists: Dr. Remy Cross (Webster University), Chief John Hayden (St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department), Dr. Christi Griffin (Ethics Project)

4:30-4:45 pm
Closing Remarks

Thursday, March 1

Luhr Building
475 E Lockwood Ave
Saint Louis, MO 63119

8:30-9:00 am
Registration

9:00-9:15 am
Opening Remarks
Given by Lisa Melandri (Chair of Diversity & Inclusion Committee, Webster University Board of Trustees)

9:15-10:30 am
Gender in the Media
Presented by Dr. Morgan M. Grotewiel (Webster University)

10:30-10:45 am
Break

10:45 am-Noon
Hashtag Activism
Moderated by Megan Price (Student)
Panelists: Dr. Hasmik Chakaryan (Webster University), Lindy Drew (Humans of St. Louis), Chontol Calvin (Student)

Noon-12:45 pm
Elevated Conversations 

12:45-1:30 pm
Unpacking Unconscious Bias
Presented by Diversity Awareness Partnership

1:30-3:00 pm
NEW WORLD
Presented by Gitana Productions

3:00-3:15 pm
President Elizabeth (Beth) J. Stroble and Provost & COO Julian Z. Schuster (Webster University) | Closing Remarks

 



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