National Conference on Diversity, Race & Learning

May 1, 2017 through May 2, 2017 (All day)
Fawcett Center


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23rd Annual National Conference on Diversity, Race, & Learning

May 1-2, 2017

Fawcett Center


NCDR&L 2016: Achieving equity and inclusion in this generation


The 22nd Annual National Conference on Diversity, Race & Learning was held on May 2-3, 2016, and the strong message that the over 600 participants at the 22nd annual National Conference on Diversity, Race & Learning took with them was that inclusion is what makes diversity valuable; that diversity is a given, but inclusion is a choice.


The two-part conference included a “Pre-Conference” day that focused on training and best practices in diversity education, LGBTQ inclusion and affirmation, recruiting and retaining Latino/a students, and implicit bias.


The Conference Charge was given by Stephen S. Francis, director of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion for the Office of the Mayor in Columbus, who stated that solutions start with individuals who push, press and persevere for diversity and inclusion. The audience then had the opportunity to attend their choice of 19 breakout sessions with themes such as the changing demographics throughout Ohio, how black men define race in the UK, understanding gender pronouns, expression and sexual orientation, and serving the historically disenfranchised.


The keynoted address was given by Marc A. Nivet, the Chief Diversity officer for the Association of American Medical Colleges. Before his keynote address began, Dr. Nivet was given the 2016 William H. Watson Memorial Award by Dr. Cathy Rakowski, Associate Professor of Rural Sociology in the School of Environmental and Natural Sciences. Established in 1977, this award honors Professor Watson, the Associate Dean of University College and Professor of Agricultural Education, who died in 1971. Dr. Nivet then spoke to the conference’s theme: “All Thing Being Unequal: Achieving Equity and Inclusion in This Generation.” Dr. Nivet indicated that there is nothing magical within diversity; what makes diversity valuable is when it is animated with the concept of inclusion.


After the keynote, the Grand Dialogue continued with Dr. Nivet and the audience. Moderated by Dr. Bernadette Mazurak Melnyk, Associate Vice President for Health Promotion, University Chief Wellness Office, and Professor and Dean of the Ohio State College of Nursing, Dr. Nivet and the audience expanded on the thoughts and ideas introduced in the keynote.


This year’s conference was made possible with the support of its signature sponsors: The Ohio State University College of Nursing, Panera Bread, the Office of Student Life, Honda of America Manufacturing, the College of Engineering, Kegler Brown Hill + Ritter, and the Kirwan Institute


The 23rd National Conference on Diversity, Race & Learning will take place on May 1 – 2, 2017, in the Fawcett Conference Center.