Diversity, Equity and Inclusion 2022 Conference

The Second Annual D.E.I.  Conference - Healing Our Nation: The Power of Authentic Allyship 

Conference Chair: Krystal Bird 

Practicing allyship is a thoughtful effort that requires our full humility, self-awareness, and compassion. With daily practice, we can create a support system that will uplift the marginalized and minoritized voices on our campus and in our society. Although we may not understand firsthand certain discriminatory or oppressive behaviors, we can use our various privileges to advocate on behalf of those who need it, and support them to achieve change. All individuals must be afforded equity, justice, human rights, and freedom, whether it be on our campuses or across the nation. To affect change at this level, it's critically important to get to know one’s neighbor and foster respect for those of different backgrounds and experiences. It’s imperative that we learn to be curious and exercise empathy which, in turn, will help to develop interconnectedness and compassion. A host of presenters will join us to share insights from their colleges, departments, and organizations. When we look back a year from now, we hope that there will be many products, initiatives, and programs implemented as a result of our on-going education and understanding of our diverse world. These efforts are of critical importance. At ASU, we plan to be leaders in affecting change within social justice.

2022 Conference Overview


Ángeles Valenciano

Ángeles Valenciano, 2022 Keynote Speaker

Ms. Valenciano serves as chief executive officer of the National Diversity Council(NDC), becoming the first female CEO of this major nonprofit. Ms. Valenciano is a seasoned strategist with more than 20 years of experience in human resources, primarily focused on diversity, organizational change, and development.

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Healing our Nation: The Power of Authentic Allyship

Time Title Speaker(s) Organization
8:00-8:05 Welcome to the DEI Conference Dr. Adero Allison ASU
8:05-8:10 Welcome from President Crow Dr. Michael M. Crow ASU
8:10-8:15 Quick Housekeeping Vera Von Esse ASU
8:15-9:00 Leading in Uncertain Times
Deep, empathetic human connections are essential to navigating as leaders during these uncertain and unsteady times. We must ensure we show up as our authentic selves in order to connect more fully to the people within our organizations and openly reflect equitable attributes across diverse landscapes.
Shane Portfolio Comcast
9:00-9:45 Recognition, Recovery, Renewal: Cultivating the New Normal
The COVID pandemic raised the consciousness of America to long-standing disparities for underserved populations. Much like the seasons of nature, the opportunity presents itself to recognize the root of these disparities, develop strategies of reconciliation, and consider a process of renewal that can create a more equitable place for all. 
Jacob Moore ASU
9:45-10:30 An Honest Conversation About Equity
When it comes to DEI we know that Equity is where the work really lies. It’s where the capital investment into creating a level playing field happens. So why, then, is it disappearing from DEI and being replaced with words like belonging and culture? Why is Equity so important to focus on now rather than later? This panel will have an open and honest conversation about the power of Equity and why it should be one of the primary elements of social justice work.
Dr. Mako Ward, Dr. Marlon Bailey, Dr. Keon McGuire and Krystal Bird ASU 
10:30-11:15 Intellectual Self-Care: Inclusive Leaders Creating Inclusive Environments
The importance of self-care in leadership is more important than it has ever been. When we say self-care, we picture bubble baths and spa days. What is truly needed is the ability and tools to practice radical and intellectual self-care throughout our days in an effort to show up as our best selves. Intellectual self-care is the knowing of oneself and one’s environment and operating in vulnerability to create safe and inclusive behaviors for the diverse teams we lead. It is taking agency over our daily tasks, schedules, responsibilities and relationships within our environments in ways that better care for our physical, emotional and mental wellbeing as leaders.
Danielle Shoots Daily Boss Up
11:15-12:00 Authentic Ally-Ship: This Ain't No Social Justice Cruise
The term “Ally” has been in social justice circles for more than 40 years.  It's now broken into more mainstream culture and it's time to reimagine and redefine this term for our current context.  Being an ally in the 1980s is not the same as being an ally in 2022.  If we are to "Heal Our Nation", we must develop the capacity to serve as authentic allies now.  
Rev. Dr. Jamie Washington The Washington Consulting Group
12:00-12:30 Intermission     
12:30-1:25 Keynote: Leading and Leaving an Inclusion Legacy
Everyone’s success in an organization is based on how we include employees in the mission of the organization, and how you instill the mindset that their work matters and makes a difference. It’s important that we are inclusive in how we engage with our diverse workforce, and include employees of various cultures, races, ages, genders, etc. However, as leaders, it is most important to create a legacy of inclusion. If opportunities are not created for employees to interact, collaborate, and solve problems in meaningful ways with those from different backgrounds, departments, and functions, your employees will remain in silos. All of your good work to increase diversity could potentially go to waste. Culture change must drive a leader's vision and commitment to action, equity, and inclusion.
Angeles Valenciano National Diversity Council
1:25-1:30 Final Remarks and Closing Carolyn Starr ASU Staff Council 


2nd Annual DEI Conference

Vision Statement

We envision a space where attendees are empowered to create change in their spheres of influence in order to amplify the work of, and problem solve with historically underinvested communities. Presenters will offer practical steps for attendees to integrate allyship into their personal and professional lives. With our intent clearly defined, we welcome those groups of people who have historically had a limited voice. Often conferences and trainings focus on bringing awareness to social issues. While awareness is key to moving forward when making change, we often get stuck at this step. It is our belief that we must forge past awareness into action. Our presenters are prepared to offer insights for attendees that will help them effectively make changes in their spheres of influence while working and living with people who may not look like them or believe the same way they do. With our intent clearly defined, we welcome those groups of people who have historically had a limited voice.These groups include but are not limited to the following: Black and African, LGBTQIA, Disabled, Native American, Latinx, Veteran, Women’s, and Asian communities.