Critical Conversations

Embracing Diversity & Inclusion

March 1-2, 2017

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.

A Powerful and Insightful Conference

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.

How can we make progress on this continuous path to equity? We can build on the knowledge we already hold, seeking to learn from and with each other. We can join with our neighbors to address the most pressing concerns from humanitarian and environmental perspectives. We can learn from speakers at this forum what next steps are needed. We will maintain our focus—staying true to our core values—by continuing to learn, to create, to listen to each other, to seek the best in each other, and to want the best for each other.

These conversations are critical; only we can make a difference in our community, and we must. Thank you for joining us.

Elizabeth (Beth) J. Stroble, Ph.D.
President, Webster University

Nationally Recognized Leaders in Diversity and Inclusion:

Joan Lipkin headshot

Joan Lipkin

Artistic Director at That Uppity Theatre Company


Using Playback Theatre, a technique practiced in over 40 countries, That Uppity Theatre Company will engage with audience members to share experiences of bullying and domination in their own lives along with stories about interventions and allyhood.

Art Holliday headshot

Art Holliday

Broadcaster at KSDK Newschannel 5


Interested in documentary filmmaking, Art’s first film “Before They Fall Off the Cliff” was accepted to multiple film festivals and is used by the Crisis Intervention Team of St. Louis County to train police officers about dealing with citizens who have a mental illness.  He is currently working on “Johnnie Be Good,” a music documentary about Rock & Roll Hall of Fame pianist Johnnie Johnson..

2017 Conference Agenda

Wednesday, March 1

Luhr Building
475 E Lockwood Ave
Saint Louis, MO 63119

8:30-9:00 am
Registration

9:00-9:15 am
Elizabeth (Beth) J. Stroble and Julian Z. Schuster (Webster University) | Opening Remarks
No Charge

9:15-10:30 am
Media and the Message - A Conversation with Art Holliday (KSDK) - Interviewed by Sarah Bannoura (Senior, Journalism and Video Production)
Keynote / No Charge

10:30-10:45 am
Break

10:45 am-Noon
Jason Blakemore (Veterans Affairs) | Serving the Military & Veteran Community
No Charge

Noon-1:30 pm
Multicultural Center and International Student Affairs (Webster University) | Dimensions of Diversity
Lunch Keynote (Lunch Available for Purchase)

1:30-1:45 pm
Break

1:45-3:00 pm
Julie Setele (Webster University) | Lessons of Immigration
No Charge

3:00-3:15 pm
Break

3:15-4:45 pm
Joan Lipkin & That Uppity Theatre Company | Our Stories of Bullying and Intervention: An Audience Response Using Playback Theatre
No Charge

4:45-5:00 pm
Nicole Roach (Webster University) | Closing Remarks
No Charge

Thursday, March 2

Luhr Building
475 E Lockwood Ave
Saint Louis, MO 63119

8:30-9:00 am
Registration

9:00-9:15 am
Carmen Jacob (NextGen Information Services, Inc.) | Opening Remarks
No Charge

9:15-10:30 am
Jeff Hughes (Webster University) | Expressions of Art
No Charge

10:30-10:45 am
Break

10:45 am-Noon
Kalani Seaver (Webster University's Student Government Association Ambassador for Student Inclusion) | LGBTQQIAAP: Transgender Ally 101
No Charge

Noon-1:30 pm
Multicultural Center and International Student Affairs (Webster University) | Dimensions of Diversity
Lunch Keynote (Lunch Available for Purchase)

1:30-1:45 pm
Break

1:45-2:45 pm
John Link (Webster University) | Recruiting, Retaining and Inspiring a Multigenerational Workforce
No Charge

2:45-3:00 pm
Elizabeth (Beth) J. Stroble and Julian Z. Schuster (Webster University) | Closing Remarks

3:00-4:00 pm
Closing Reception

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A Message from the Provost

Hearing viewpoints on the vital issues facing our community and society at an event such as this provides continuous learning opportunities. Just as we want every academic program to be accessible, we want every constituent base to truly feel a sense of belonging and ownership at Webster, and we want everyone to benefit from the diversity of opportunities at Webster. 

Julian Z. Schuster, Ph.D.
Provost, Sr. Vice President & Chief Operating Officer


Presenting Sponsors

Supporting Sponsors

Tarlton
Good Sport Captioning Logo
Diversity Awareness Partnership logo

Albert Lee Anbon
Richard and Elizabeth Aurbach
Mary A. Banks
Sebastian F. Bellomo
Terri E. Blincoe
Gregory Boston
Richard L. Buck
Nonie C. Cabana
Clark Davis
Harold A. Deuser
Eugene Dunkley
Ron Gibbs
Laura Gunderson

Robert Halon
Matthew Wier and Davina Harrison
Carol Johnson
Kristin M. Johnson
Crystal R. Moman-Reed
Joyce Olinga
Margaret Onken
Geralyn M. Pilarski-Schultz
Nicole N. Roach
Deanna Snowden
Dr. Elizabeth J. Stroble and Dr. Paul E. Stroble
Kristine Wentzien
Scott E. Wuesthoff


Conference Planning Committee

Faculty and Staff

Colette Cummings
Erica Ellard
Nancy Higgins
DJ Kaiser
Pamela Kramer
Kim McGrath
Nicole Roach
Rick Rockwell
Julie Setele
Dana Sprehe
Phil Storm

Students

Stacey Bayer
Kat Bush
Chontol Calvin
Jared Campbell
Annie Dent
Avery Maasai
Kalani Seaver