Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Conference
The Second Annual Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Conference
Sponsored by the ASU Staff Council virtually on April 8, 2022 from 8:00am - 1:30pm (Arizona). This event was recorded and will be available for viewing in the near future!
Conference Chair: Krystal Bird
Healing Our Nation: The Power of Authentic Allyship
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.
Last year’s first ever Diversity and Inclusion conference began the process of raising awareness around our community’s different backgrounds and experiences. With our second annual conference, we hope to transform knowledge into action, individual behaviors into structures, and performance into authenticity.
2022 Conference Overview
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.