Diversity and Inclusion Conference
The First Annual Diversity and Inclusion Conference
Sponsored by the ASU Staff Council April 8-9, 2021
How to Effect Change in Our Sphere of Influence
The ASU Staff Council was proud to sponsor the 1st Annual Conference on Diversity and Inclusion at the university. Our goal was to provide a venue for not only the exchange of innovative ideas but also to facilitate competent and impactful action plans to address diversity, equity, and inclusion in our respective areas of influence. With the help of the ASU community and beyond we exceeded even our expectations. In response to President Crow’s call to action for socially transformative best practices over 700 participants came together for two days of concurrent workshops in which practitioners shared their successful projects in ways that allow duplication in other areas.
All individuals must be afforded equity, justice, human rights, and freedom whether it be on our campuses or across the nation. To effect 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.
A host of presenters joined us to share what works in 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 this conference. These efforts are of critical importance. At ASU, we plan to be leaders in effecting change for all to obtain fair treatment under the law and human rights as ratified in the Constitution. This first ever Diversity and Inclusion conference is one of many steps towards that end.
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 to action. We intend to have presenters prepared to offer practical steps for attendees to 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.
Watch this space for links to our 2021 conference videos.