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DEI Symposium: Scholarship, Leadership, and Advocacy
Friday, February 8, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm EST
Rackham Graduate School’s Professional Development DEI Certificate Program will host a DEI Symposium on February 8, 2019. The symposium will feature keynote speaker Dr. Damon A. Williams, author of Strategic Diversity Leadership and Founder of the National Inclusive Excellence Leadership Academy and brief presentations by graduate student DEI leaders. Showcased in the symposium will be graduate student scholars, leaders, and advocates that have been successful in creating an inclusive environment for their colleagues. The University of Michigan Chief Diversity Officer, Rackham Graduate School Dean, and Rackham Graduate School Assistant Dean of Diversity Equity and Inclusion will also participate in the symposium. The objectives of the symposium are to create a sense of community among DEI leaders and to disseminate the excellent work graduate students and postdoctoral fellows are doing related to DEI. In addition, the symposium will also serve as a space to share resources regarding DEI-related projects and initiatives that have been successful among schools and departments with the purpose of enhancing collaboration.
Opening Remarks and Keynote Address
Opening Remarks by Dr. Robert Sellers, University of Michigan Chief Diversity Officer
Keynote Address by Dr. Damon A. Williams
This session is open to faculty, staff, and students.
9:00 to 10:30 a.m., Amphitheatre, 4th Floor, Rackham Building
Impact of Graduate Student Diversity Leaders
Presentations by DEI Graduate Student Staff Assistants. This session is open to faculty, staff, and students.
10:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Amphitheatre, 4th Floor, Rackham Building
Lunch with DEI Leaders
Due to space limitations, this session is open to graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and unit DEI Leads only. Thank you for your understanding.
12:00 to 1:30 p.m., Assembly Hall, 4th Floor, Rackham Building
A Conversation with Dr. Williams
This session is open to graduate students and postdoctoral fellows only. Refreshments will be served.
1:30 to 3:00 p.m., Assembly Hall, 4th Floor, Rackham Building
Pre-registration for the various sections of this event is required at https://myumi.ch/LRpN1.