Too often, diversity and inclusion experts hear about individuals or groups receiving well-intended communication from others that leads to unwanted or harmful impact. This dynamic can play a key role in leaving individuals or groups feeling divided - and in preventing our progress as an inclusive community. Our goal with this year’s Diversity and Inclusion Summit is to bridge this gap and lessen the divide between intent and impact. The summit sessions will offer information on becoming aware of such occurrences and learning behaviors to mitigate them. The goal is to bring individuals and groups from across our four campuses - from many different backgrounds and lived experiences - closer together in our collegiality and humanity. We are building upon and beyond discussions of implicit bias and microaggressions to engage our broad university community in dialogue and practices that promote our values and improve inclusive interactions.
Dr. Beverly Tatum, president emerita of Spelman College, is a clinical psychologist widely known for both her expertise on race relations and as a thought leader in higher education. Her thirteen years as the president of Spelman College (2002-2015) were marked by innovation and growth and her visionary leadership was recognized in 2013 with the Carnegie Academic Leadership Award. The author of several books including “Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?”and Other Conversations About Race (now in a new 2017 20th anniversary edition) and Can We Talk About Race? and Other Conversations in an Era of School Resegregation (2007), Dr. Tatum is a sought-after speaker on the topics of racial identity development, race and education, strategies for creating inclusive campus environments, and higher education leadership.
The CU System-wide Diversity and Inclusion Summit is a free event open to all students, faculty, staff and City of Boulder employees.