Developing Pathways to Diversity and Creating Inclusive Environments in Higher Education

March 17-18, 2017

Brown University

Providence, RI 

Welcome Keynote Address by Dr. Earl Lewis, President of the Mellon Foundation.

Please join us at this special convening of students, faculty, staff, alumni, thought leaders and innovators, we will explore how higher education engages in the work of developing and sustaining an increasingly diverse and inclusive academic community. Through plenary panel discussions, workshops, interactive seminars and networking activities, we will engage in critical discussions that consider the broad range of identities, perspectives and experiences (race/ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, class, religion, etc.) represented in higher education institutions today, and how relevant research and scholarship informs the work of advancing diversity and inclusion in the academy.  The sessions will focus on evidence-based practices which will support Brown's progress on its Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan (DIAP) goals.

Click here to download the full program for the 2017 Diversity and Inclusion Summit

Diversity and Inclusion Summit 2017 Schedule

Friday, March 17, 2017

4:00-5:30 pm — Welcome Plenary Session

Location: Kasper Multipurpose Room, Faunce Hall

Welcome and Summit Overview: Liza Cariaga-Lo

Vice President for Academic Development Diversity and Inclusion

Special Introductory Remarks: Christina Paxson

President of Brown University

Keynote Speaker: Earl Lewis

President of the Mellon Foundation

5:30-7:30 pm — Welcome Reception and Dinner

Location: Kasper Multipurpose Room, Faunce Hall

Saturday, March 18, 2017

8:30-10:00 am — Breakfast Plenary Session

Location: Pembroke Hall 305

The Diversity Bargain: And Other Dilemmas of Race, Admissions, and Meritocracy at Elite Universities (Natasha Warikoo, Harvard University)

10:00-11:30 am — Concurrent Breakout Sessions

All concurrent sessions will be held in Smith-Buonanno Hall. Please select one to attend.  

  1. Diversity and Inclusion Considerations in Graduate Admissions (Location: Smith-Buonanno 201)

  2. Transformational Practices in Sustaining Academic Pipeline Diversity (Location: Smith-Buonanno G01)

  3. Muslim Identity Development (Location: Smith-Buonanno G18)

  4. (No) Harm in Asking: Class, Acquired Cultural Capital, and Academic Engagement at an Elite University (Location: Smith-Buonanno 206)

11:30-12:00 pm — Coffee Break

Location:  Smith-Buonanno Lobby

12:00-1:30 pm — Lunch Plenary Session

White Fragility and Its Impact on Diversity and Inclusion Efforts on Campus (Robin DiAngelo, Author and Scholar)

1:30-3:00 pm — Concurrent Breakout Sessions

All concurrent sessions will be held in Smith-Buonanno Hall. Please select one to attend.  

  1. Cultivating Talent in the Professoriate: Faculty Development and Mentoring (Location: Smith-Buonanno 201)

  2. Communicating Innovation and Inclusion Practices in Accessibility Resources (Location: Smith-Buonanno 206)

  3. Technology Innovation in Developing Inclusive Communities (Location: Smith-Buonanno G13)

  4. Developing and Sustaining Strategic Partnerships to Build Inclusive Academic Communities (Location: Smith-Buonanno G18)

3:00-3:30 pm — Coffee Break

Location: Smith-Buonanno Lobby

3:30-5:00 pm  — Closing Plenary Session

Location: Pembroke Hall 305

Leading Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives in Higher Education: Chief Diversity Officers Speaking Out (Lisa Coleman, Harvard; Joelle Murchison, UConn; Robbin Chapman, Wellesley; Rafael Zapata, Providence College; and Naomi Thompson, URI)

5:00-6:00 pm — Closing Reception

Location: Pembroke Hall 305

Click here to watch the 2017 Diversity and Inclusion Summit Plenary Videos.


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