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Why the Diversity Conference?

September 21, 2010
By Rommel McClaney

This year's conference, "Diversity in the 21st Century: What the Recession Revealed," is designed to offer the opportunity to engage in those sometimes difficult discussions about diversity so that we can begin to recognize how our own biases may inhibit progress toward our shared goals and develop strategies to reduce their impact.

Those tough discussions

Race, color, gender, disability, religion, national origin, economical standing, and sexual orientation. Most of us are quick to shy away from these controversial topics. 

Despite this, we all still think about how these things affect us today. With so many news headlines, laws, and elections that continue to change what we think about diversity, it can be quite a bit for a college student to take in.

The 10th Annual Diversity Conference, appropriately focusing on What the Recession Revealed due to our current economic downturn, is an event where students can have a discussion about these topics within a familiar community.

Sessions to attend

Diversity Conference coordinator Kira Maixner is looking forward to attending all of the panels over the three day conference. While it would be ideal for students to see most of the panels as well, she thinks there are a few that would be particularly interesting.

A majority of the panels feature professors that many students have had or will see in the future. This creates a more comfortable environment and helps students better understand the topics due to their familiarity with the professors.

All are encouraged to attend these conference events. Not only because you will learn about other people and the way they live but you might also learn things about yourself you didn't know.

About the conference

The 2010 Diversity Conference, Diversity in the 21st Century: What the Recession Revealed, will be held Sept. 21-23 from 8 a.m.- 4 p.m. in the Lory Student Center. There will be over 40 topics discussed and Ray Suarez, author and senior correspondent for the NewsHour, will be the keynote speaker.

All sessions are free and open to the public. There is no registration, so you can come for just one or come hear them all.