Dialogues on Diversity
The University of Mississippi Dialogues on Diversity is a new initiative fostering institutional change through civil discourse.
The Virtual Spring 2021 Dialogues on Diversity Series theme was Nationwide Now: Protests, Prisons, and Privilege in Higher Education. See below for more information and recordings from past events. The Fall 2021 Dialogues on Diversity Series will be announced at a later date.
Past Dialogues on Diversity Events:
The Virtual Spring 2021 Dialogues on Diversity Series theme was Nationwide Now: Protests, Prisons, and Privilege in Higher Education. The Series was held via Zoom and led by University of Mississippi professors, Mississippi College professors, and University of Mississippi students, alumni, and former students. The spring 2021 semester’s series included three, engaging, dynamic panel discussions focused on the topics of Protests, Prisons, and Privilege.
The Virtual Fall 2020 Dialogues on Diversity Series theme was Nationwide Now: Reckoning with Inequities in Pandemic, Policing, and Politics. The Series was held via Zoom and led by University of Mississippi and University of Mississippi Medical Center faculty in a series of three, engaging, dynamic panel discussions focused on the three topics mentioned in the title. You may click the following titles to listen to each Virtual Fall 2020 Dialogues on Diversity Series Event.
Listen to Reckoning with Inequities in Policing
Listen to Reckoning with Inequities in Politics
Black History Month Keynote Address ft. Dr. Yusef Salaam
Yusef Salaam, a member of “The Exonerated Five,” whose exoneration after nearly seven years of incarceration based on false accusations was depicted in the Emmy Award-winning Netflix miniseries “When They See Us,” was the keynote speaker for 2020 Black History Month observances at the University of Mississippi. Read more about Dr. Salaam’s keynote address here.
Pride Camp 2.0 with Robyn Ochs
Robyn Oches is an educator, speaker, writer, and grassroots activist. An advocate for the rights of people of all orientations and genders to live safely, openly, and with full access to opportunity, Robyn’s work focues on increasing awareness and understanding of complex identities and mobilizing people to be powerful allies to one another within and across identities and social movements.
Disabusing Disability with Dr. Feranmi Okanlami
Dr. Feranmi Okanlami, a disabilities advocate and medical faculty member at the University of Michigan, told his personal story of suffering from a spinal cord injury which paralyzed him from the chest down with some return of motor function. He strives to expand the definition of diversity in medicine and challenges people to acknowledge their own implicit biases. Dr. Okanlami discussed the importance of accessible and inclusive health systems for patients and providers with disabilities, in efforts of “Disabusing Disability,” hoping to demonstrate that disability doesn’t mean inability.
Intentionally Intersectional Leadership with Payton Head
Payton Head is a recent graduate of the University of Missouri where he represented a diverse student body of 28,000 as student government president. His experience with racism at Mizzou ignited students to fight for a more inclusive campus. Head discussed the importance of inclusive and intentionally intersectional leadership while also navigating spaces as a Black man with a queer identity.
Engaging Inclusion through a Class Lens with dr. becky martinez
Class carries with it a complexity of obscure definitions, fluidity, intersections, and a sense of taboo. dr. becky martinez discussed why it’s important to understand the various concepts related to class, how class plays out systemically and explore ways to intervene class dynamics to create greater inclusion on campus.