April 24: Equity, Inclusion, and Global Citizenship in Higher Education Conference

| April 23, 2013

Webster University community members are invited to the inaugural Equity, Inclusion, and Global Citizenship in Higher Education Conference the afternoon of Wednesday, April 24, in the University Center Sunnen Lounge.

The conference, sponsored by Amnesty International, the Association for African American Collegians, the African Student Association, the Law Club, and the Muslim Student Association, examines the issues of equity and inclusion in higher education, drawing upon the theoretical and empirical foundations and discourses of counseling, critical theory, human rights, law, organizational development, psychology, and social justice.

The Conference goes beyond traditional diversity discourse aimed at simply increasing diversity numbers, heightening cross cultural awareness, and fostering multicultural engagement, and considers the operational definitions, implications, and applications of equity, inclusion, and global citizenship in academic contexts.

Using a sequential panel approach, the conference:

  • Asks the question of why achieving equity and inclusion is a challenge in higher education;
  • Examines the role of privilege in higher education and its relationship to equity and inclusion;
  • Illuminates unexamined race, ethnicity, sex, and gender-related biases in higher education;
  • Brings to the forefront student concerns over inequity and exclusion of underrepresented groups in classroom contexts; and
  • Elucidates the guiding statutory standards for cultivating equity and inclusion in higher education (Title VII and Title IX).

Panelists include:

  • Introduction – Ms. Hanan Rahman – 1:10 p.m.
  • Ms. Karen Freeman – 1:15 p.m.
  • Dr. Anne Geraghty-Rathert – 1:45 p.m.
  • Dr. Tracey McCarthy – 2:15 p.m.
  • Dr. Mariaimee Gonzalez – 2:50 p.m.
  • Dr. Robin Jefferson Higgins – 3:20 p.m.
  • Mr. Mark Albrecht – 4:40 p.m.

Each conversation considers the implications for organizational culture and climate, organizational development and change, mission and vision fulfillment, and future directions going into the Webster University centennial.

Faculty are encouraged to bring their classes and individual students, staff, and faculty are encouraged to come and participate in the entire Conference or in those discrete aspects of the onference which seem personally, professionally, organizationally, ethically, and politically relevant.

Event Details
  • Date: Wednesday, April 24, 2013
  • Time: 1 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • Place: Sunnen Lounge – University Center
  • Free lunch and refreshments provided

For questions, contact Linda Wynns in the Legal Studies Department at ext. 7068.

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