Every Day Inclusion: Right Here, Right Now!
Webster University’s 7th annual DEI Conference, held in March 2022, welcomed about 1,900 registrants from 21 countries. We are pleased to share all 13 conference sessions, including Laurie Hernandez’s keynote fireside chat, and our Game Changer of the Year Award presentation to Michelle Li, on our YouTube channel. Thank you to the Webster University Library team who curated a list of resources based on each conference session. We hope that you came away from the conference with immediate, practical, and impactful ways to practice everyday inclusion as individuals and institutions.
For those who wish to continue the dialogues expressed during the conference, we invite you to watch our monthly talk show “Webster Speaks: Dialogues on RACE, EQUITY and INCLUSION,” which is available for viewing online.
Please consider a donation to help fund Webster’s DEI efforts, including scholarships, programs such as our annual conference and other resources. In honor of Olympic Champion Laurie Hernandez’s visit to Webster and the 50th anniversary of the passage of Title IX consider donating to Webster's women's athletics.
Making a Difference
Webster University is an agent of change for our students, our community, and for society. The DEI Conference is a key piece of that change strategy, and we’ve curated it with sessions from compelling thought leaders, interactive workshops and practical exercises that distinguish our conference as a bold and engaging departure from ineffective, boilerplate DEI trainings.
Since 2016, the Webster University community has prioritized challenging misconceptions and developing positive and accurate stories for our students through in-depth discussions, dialogue sessions, and shared experiences at our annual Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Conference.
2022: Every Day Inclusion: Right Here, Right Now!
The Webster University's Seventh Annual Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Conference: Every Day Inclusion: Right Here, Right Now! was held both in person and online on March 1-2, 2022, on the Webster Groves campus in Missouri.
“What can we do?” It is a common question in response to the social inequities that persist in our communities. This year's conference delivered immediate, practical, and impactful ways to practice everyday inclusion as individuals and institutions. We know that community exists wherever we come together under a common purpose or mission. We see the workplace, classroom, board room, and civic life — as community.
- Laurie Hernandez |Two-time Olympic Champion in Women's Gymnastics, Author, and Mental Health Advocate
- Rabbi Noah Arnow | Rabbi | Kol Rinah
- Katarina Ausley | Student | Webster University
- Rebeccah Bennett | Founder & Principal | Emerging Wisdom LLC & InPower Institute
- Traci Blackmon | Associate General Minister, Justice & Local Church Ministries |United Church of Christ
- Kwofe Coleman | President and CEO | The Muny
- Vanessa Cooksey | President and CEO | Regional Arts Commission
- Garrett Dohlke | Student | Webster University
- Katie Fields | College Outreach Coordinator | Starkloff Disability Institute
- Anne Geraghty-Rathert | Professor | Webster University
- Ben Greene | Transgender Inclusion Consultant and Educator
- Art Holliday | News Director | 5 On Your Side
- Kendra Holmes, Pharm. D., CHCEF | Senior Vice President, Chief Operating Officer | Affinia Healthcare
- Kristin Johnson | Chief Human Resources Officer | Edward Jones
- DJ Kaiser, Ph.D. | Professor and Director, Teaching English as a Second Language | Webster University
- Michelle Li | Anchor | 5 On Your Side
- Emma Lumpkins | Senior Director, DE&I | Schnuck Markets, Inc.
- Elvir Mandzukic | Faculty Development Center | Webster University
- Muthoni Musangali | Associate Professor | Webster University
- Swami Nishpapananda | Assistant Minister | Vedanta Society of St Louis
- Valerie E. Patton | Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer/President | Greater St. Louis, Inc./Greater St. Louis Foundation
- Sekhar Prabhakar | CEO | CEdge
- Paul Steger | Dean, Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts | Webster University
- Paul Stroble, Ph.D | Professor | Webster University and Eden Theological Seminary
- Sonji R. Young | Global Vice President Diversity Equity Inclusion (DEI) | Armstrong Teasdale LLP
2021: Beyond Conversation: Driving Our Future
The 6th annual Diversity & Inclusion Conference was, for the first time, held virtually on Feb. 23-25, 2021.
The powerful and insightful conference featured nationally renowned speakers, lectures and panel discussions designed to share experiences, research and emerging trends.
Charlotte Clymer| Transgender Activist, Military Veteran
Patrisse Cullors |Co-founded the global Black Lives Matter movement in 2013
2020: From Conversation to Action
Our 5th annual Diversity & Inclusion Conference was free and open to the public on our Webster Groves campus, Feb. 24-27, 2020.
Diversity and inclusion are not only critical to our success, they are what constitute a strong and loving community. A diverse and inclusive community fosters unprecedented innovation, and also cultivates a community of understanding, a community of compassion, a community that stays vigilant in dismantling bigotry, and a community that rages against the death of tolerance and justice.
This powerful and insightful conference featured a keynote address, lectures, film screenings, panel discussions and demonstrations designed to share experiences, research and emerging trends.
Sam White Civic Entrepreneur & Advocate | @samwhiteout
Michele Norris |Peabody Award-winning Journalist & Founder of The Race Card Project | @michele_norris
Aisha Sultan |Syndicated Columnist & Independent Filmmaker | @AishaS
Shelly Tochluk |Witnessing Whiteness | @shellytochluck
2019: Expanding the Conversation
Our 4th annual Diversity & Inclusion Conference was free and open to the public on our Webster Groves campus, Feb. 26-28, 2019.
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.
This powerful and insightful conference featured a keynote address, lectures, panel discussions and a theatrical performance designed to share experiences, research and emerging trends.
Marilyn F. Booker| Managing Director & Head of Urban Markets Group, Morgan Stanley Wealth Management
Jackie Joyner-Kersee| Olympian; Founder & CEO, Jackie Joyner-Kersee Foundation
Neal Richardson |Head of Financial Education Strategy, U.S. Bank; Co-Founder & President, Dream Builders 4 Equity
2018: Elevating the Conversation
Our 3rd annual Diversity & Inclusion Conference was free and open to the public on our Webster Groves campus, Feb. 28 - March 1, 2018.
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.
Dr. Donald Suggs |Publisher & Executive Editor of St. Louis American
2017: Critical Conversations
Our 2nd annual Diversity & Inclusion Conference was free and open to the public on our Webster Groves campus, March 1-2, 2017.
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.
Joan Lipkin| Artistic Director, That Uppity Theatre Company
Art Holliday |Broadcaster, KSDK NewsChannel 5
2016: Critical Conversations
Our inaugural Diversity & Inclusion Conference was free and open to the public on our Webster Groves campus, Feb. 29–March 1, 2016.
Keynote addresses, student panel discussions, and facilitated dialogue sessions will be planned to 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. The intention during these two days is to explore ways to move forward on the continuous path of equity, valuing the strength that comes from the diversity of the community.
Lee A. Gill | Chief Diversity Officer & Special Assistant to the President at Clemson University
Adis M. Vila | Senior Fellow for the Institute for Cross Cultural Management at Florida Institute of Technology
Julia Serano | Writer, Performer, Activist & Author
Tahil Sharma| Youth Representative for the Parliament of the World’s Religions to the United Nations
“What I found through Ferguson, what I found through Michael Brown, is that I liked speaking into people. I like speaking power to people. I like waking people up.”
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