From Conversation to Action | Webster University

From Conversation to Action

Now in the fifth year, the Diversity & Inclusion Conference will address issues of diversity and explore how everyone can act as an ally and support inclusion. This year’s topics to include: St. Louis Business Journal panel on workforce diversity, being an ally, a student panel discussion and reflection on Africana Studies trip to Ghana and: 

Sam Whiteout Michele Norris Shelly Tochluk
Sam Whiteout
Social Media Phenom 
& Political Activist
Michele Norris
Peabody Award-winning journalist
& Founder of The Race Card Project
Shelly Tochluk
Author of Witnessing Whiteness
February 24, 2020 February 26, 2020 February 27, 2020


History of the Conference

In the fall of 2012, a group of students at the Webster University Delegate's Agenda expressed an interest in learning more about diversity and inclusion efforts on campus. As the administration was also passionate about prioritizing inclusion throughout the global Webster University community, the groups came together and developed a Global Inclusion and Diversity Summit in the Spring of 2013.

Due to the success of the summit in 2013, Webster University administration saw the importance of developing a similar event as an annual conference. In 2016, a group of faculty, staff and students organized the first annual Embracing Diversity & Inclusion: Critical Conversations conference. The event was held in the Luhr Building and members of the St. Louis community were invited to attend along with members of the Webster University Community.

The two-day event explored ways to move forward on the continuous path of equity, valuing the strength that comes from the diversity of the community. Lee Gill, who now serves as chief diversity officer and special assistant to the president for inclusive excellence at Clemson University, returned to deliver a keynote address where he described how a university community can strategically advance a vision of excellence that includes all.

Conferences since then have focused on a variety of topics such as accessibility, safe zones, trans rights, microaggressions, hate speech and much more.

For a more detailed look at the topics and speakers from previous conferences, please visit the Conference History section of our website. To hear audio recordings from the 2019 conference, please visit our Galaxy Radio page.