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Conversations on Diversity

Conversations on Diversity

Diversity Statement of Jefferson College:

Jefferson College is a community leader dedicated to supporting and promoting diversity through opportunities and experiences that foster a culture of respect, inclusiveness, and understanding for everyone in the campus community, to engage in a diverse world.

Beyond demographic and cultural shifts, cultural competence is a professional skill and an educational imperative. The Missouri Coordinating Board for Higher Education has listed “operating in a diverse world” as a vital element of general education programs at colleges and universities.

The American Association of Colleges and Universities emphasized that inclusive campuses not only promote unique learning opportunities, they also help students from non-majority populations feel connected to the institution.

The purpose of these presentations is to promote this work through our Diversity Committee at Jefferson College. These events have been possible with the support of our Performing Arts and Cultural Enrichment series (PACE).

Since PACE was unable to present live performances for the 2020-21 year, we have utilized some of our funding to further the cultural enrichment of our community in collaboration with the Diversity Committee.

Aaron Thompson - Creating an Inclusive Community to Combat Racism, Friday, April 16 from 1:00-2:30pm.

Aaron Thompson joins us from the Kentucky Department of Education to speak about racism and addressing racism within your educational institution.


Aaron Likens, Tuesday, April 20 at 7 p.m.

Aaron Likens is an award winning public speaker and Author of Finding Kansas: Living and Decoding Asperger's Syndrome. He will be joining us to talk about autism.
Phone Number - ‪+1 302-503-0249‬
PIN: ‪204 689 553#‬


Sarah Murphy - Thursday, April 29 at 7 p.m.

Sarah C. Murphy, MA, currently serves Washington University in St. Louis' (WUSTL) Academy of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) as the strategic point person for university-wide committees and councils related to DEI. Her background is in educational advocacy and consulting; she joined WUSTL’s Academy having partnered with organizations, coalitions, and initiatives across the St. Louis region on research, strategy, facilitation, and organizational process improvement through the lens of Racial Equity. She also works with Forward Through Ferguson on building organizational capacity for systems change in the St. Louis region as their Racial Equity Support Catalyst.

St. Louis Women's Literary History with Amanda Clark - Thursday, May 6 at 5 p.m.

More information coming soon!

Miss an event?

If you were unable to attend, past presentations are available to view. 

Did You Know? Information Sheets:

LGBTQ History in Religion
LGBTQ Timeline of Public Policies
Systemic Racism - History & Timeline of Some Public Policies
Symbols of Confederacy

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