The theme for our conference this year,

Beyond Tolerance:

Building Sustainable Communities

in the Age of Diversity. 

Current events have shown us how divided our communities are regarding diversity issues. The truth is that we continue to struggle with the realities of race, gender, religious and other forms of social difference in our communities. It is our hope that we will all find conversations around this theme helpful as we continue to learn ways by which we may utilize diversity as a tool for building and sustaining community.

Distinguished Speakers: 

KIMBERLY JADE NORWOOD J.D.

Kimberly Jade Norwood is the Henry H. Oberschelp Professor of Law at Washington University School of Law. 

 

Title:

“Interrupting Biases.”

Description:

Our society is becoming more and more divisive every day. This session will explore the damages harmful biases are causing in our society and discuss the ways in which we can interrupt them in our lives and in our professions.

Dr. VETTA SANDERS THOMPSON

Vetta Sanders Thompson is a licensed clinical psychologist and professor at Brown School - Washington University in Saint Louis.

 

Title:

“The Psychosocial Impact of Discrimination and the Path to Healing.”

Description:

This session provides an overview of what is known about psychological and physical health impacts of experiences of discrimination. Intersectional issues are explored. The talk ends with a summary of proposed strategies for healing and moving an equity agenda forward.

Dr. MICHAL ROZBICKI

Michal Jan Rozbicki is professor of American History at Saint Louis University. 

Title: 

"What is Diversity, and is Embracing Difference Possible?"

 

Description:

This talk will discuss the nature of diversity among the people of the world, and then reflect on how understanding this nature can provide us with conceptual tools to harness difference as a means of promoting unity and inclusion.

JERRY BRYAN

Jerry Bryan is a former journalist, press secretary to the Governor of Missouri, consultant, and corporate executive, and remains active as partner in a small technology firm.

Title:

“Diversity Suffers as Politics and Religion Intertwine—But We Can Recover.”

Description:

It's not about separation of church and state. Merging of cultures is the culprit. In an unholy alliance of the past half-century, pastors who put party above principle, and politicians who acquire voting blocs cost-free, have helped create extreme polarization—with victory as the only goal and diversity as a major victim. There are solutions; they begin at the grassroots.

PAMELA GUNTHARP DZUNU

Pamela Guntharp Dzunu is a professor of English for Specific Purposes at Washington University in Saint Louis. 

 

Panel Discussion:

“How to Build Sustainable Communities in the Age of Diversity.”

Panelists:

Pamela Guntharp Dzunu, Branden Brooks, Michal Rozbicki

BRANDEN BROOKS, J.D.

Branden Brooks, Esq. is an Assistant Circuit Attorney in St. Louis City.

 

Panel Discussion:

“How to Build Sustainable Communities in the Age of Diversity.”

Panelists:

Pamela Guntharp Dzunu, Branden Brooks, Michal Rozbicki

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