Embracing Diversity and Inclusion | Webster University

Elevating the Conversation

Embracing Diversity & Inclusion

Save the date: Feb. 28 - Mar. 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.

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.

In prior conferences, we have focused panels and speakers on populations who have struggled to be included with equity and dignity. While this conference does explore the role of women and media, current issues with immigration and our keynote which focuses on racism, we have elevated the discourse in other sessions across many demographics. We want to examine hate speech, activism, the criminal justice system – even diversity of thought. We are also varying the format – giving everyone an opportunity to participate in a variety of ways, awakening habits and thought patterns we may not even know we have.

Nationally Recognized Leaders in Diversity and Inclusion:

Donald Suggs headshot

Donald Suggs

Publisher and Executive Editor of the St. Louis American newspaper. 


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.

Still from New World

New World

A one act play by Lee Patton Chiles


This very powerful one-act play is being remounted for the third time by Gitana Productions based on its popularity and relevance 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. 28

Luhr Building
475 E Lockwood Ave
Saint Louis, MO 63119

8:30-9:00 am
Registration

9:00-9:15 am
Opening Remarks
No Charge

9:15-10:30 am
A Conversation with Donald Suggs 
Keynote / No Charge

10:30-10:45 am
Break

10:45 am-Noon
Racial & Ethnic Disparities in Health Care
No Charge

Noon-12:45 pm
Elevated Conversations (Lunch Available for Purchase)

12:45-2:00 pm
Reframing Master Narratives of Dis/Ability        
No Charge

2:00-2:15 pm
Break

2:15-3:30 pm
Hate Speech Hate Crimes
No Charge

3:30-4:30 pm
Examining the Criminal Justice System
No Charge

4:30-4:45 pm
Closing Remarks
No Charge

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
No Charge

9:15-10:30 am
Gender in the Media
No Charge

10:30-10:45 am
Break

10:45 am-Noon
Hashtag Activism
No Charge

Noon-12:45 pm
Elevated Conversations (Lunch Available for Purchase)

12:45-1:30 pm 
Unpacking Unconscious Bias      

1:30-3:00 pm
NEW WORLD presented by Gitana Productions 
No Charge

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


 

 


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Conference Planning Committee

Faculty and Staff

Quen Agnew
Patricia Arnold
Colette Cummings
Erica Ellard
Nancy Higgins
DJ Kaiser
Pamela Kramer
Kim McGrath
Nicole Roach
Rick Rockwell
Julie Setele
Jennier Starkey
Dana Sprehe
Phil Storm

Students

Zoe Burton
Annie Dent