Aerial View of NEIU's "Beehive" building on campus

University Diversity Council Hosts Inaugural Conference

Monday, March 30, 2015

Northeastern Illinois University’s Diversity Council will host its inaugural conference, Spotlighting Diversity Matters: Celebrating Our Intersectional Identities, on Tuesday, April 7, in Alumni Hall. The purpose of the conference is to have conversations that empower members of the University community to become agents of change.

“This conference is an important venue for the Northeastern community to dialogue on issues of multiculturalism and social justice and how it contributes to our campus and in greater society,” UDC co-Chair and Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs Juan Guardia said.

The University’s Diversity Council provides a forum to facilitate the process by which the Northeastern community consciously and intentionally weaves diversity into all University community activities. Sessions are open to all Northeastern students, faculty and staff.

Here is conference program:

9-9:50 a.m.
How Do Our Identities Strengthen Communities?
Rev. Dr. Jamie Washington will lead this keynote session. Washington has been an educator, administrator, and consultant in higher education for over 30 years and president and founder of the Washington Consulting Group and the Social Justice Training Institute.

10-10:50 a.m.
Identity and Diversity in Modern Day Global Society
Moderator: Dr. Elisa Facio, Director of the Chicano Education Program and Professor of Chicano Studies, and Executive Director of the Race and Culture Studies major at Eastern Washington University.

11-11:50 a.m.
Diversity @ NEIU: The Student Perspective
Moderator: Dr. Juan Guardia

1-2:05 p.m.
Faculty Perspectives on Diversity Matters in the 21st Century
Moderator: Dr. Wilfredo Alvarez

2:05-3 p.m.
Closing Session with Rev. Dr. Jamie Washington