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Past Events

If you were not able to attend our virtual events, we are able to provide you with a video recording of the discussion. We hope that you will view these videos and join us for future Conversations on Diversity.

Conversations on Diversity: Sarah Murphy – April 29, 2021

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.

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 joined us to talk about autism.

Aaron Thompson - Creating an Inclusive Community to Combat Racism

April 16, 2021

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

White Noise

March 25, 2021

Participants were able to watch the film "White Noise" and join a conversation with the film director Daniel Lombroso and Jefferson College faculty and staff.

Suzanne and Diane DeWitt Hall - "The Frightening Joy of Change"

January 21, 2021

Humans are hardwired to be fearful of change, but change is where growth happens. Join LGBTQIA+ advocates Suzanne and Diane DeWitt Hall for a conversation about how being fully our diverse selves and sharing our stories has the power to change the world.

Suzanne DeWitt Hall (she/her) is the author of the Where True Love Is LGBTQIA+ affirming devotional series and the Rumplepimple picture book adventures. Diane DeWitt Hall (ze/zir) is an ordained Stephen Minister and the creator and caretaker of LGBTQIA+ online communities, reaching millions of people each week with messages of inclusion and affirmation. As a team their advocacy offers encouragement and education through books, social media engagement, classes, video, and workshops. 

Confederate Symbols - Part of history or hate speech?

Anti-Racism Forum - Friday, November 20, 2020

Saul Flores, "The Walk of the Immigrants"

Thursday, November 5, 2020

Saul Flores walked 5,328 miles through ten countries to document how grueling and dangerous the journey of immigrants to the United States can be and to raise money for an elementary school in Atencingo, Mexico. The story of his journey, accompanied by a series of photographs, capture the essence of the people, communities, and cultures he encountered along the way. After this life-changing experience, Saul now wants to inspire students to make a positive impact on the world by speaking about the value of servant leadership, philanthropy, and service-learning.

Saul Flores (pronounced sah–ool), is a philanthropist, photojournalist, and speaker who is nationally recognized for his social impact projects. Through his most recent project, Saul documents the amazing lives of thousands of Latin American immigrants to fundraise for an elementary school in his mother’s hometown.

His work has been featured on National Public Radio, MSNBC, and TEDX. Additionally, Saul has been featured as a keynote speaker for dozens of universities, inspiring audiences through his visual presentations, in which he helps people realize the capacity of their immense human potential given times of extreme adversity.

Reverend Gabrielle Kennedy, "Reflections on Social Movement & Social Change from a Faith-Based Perspective"

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Rev. Gabrielle NS Kennedy is first generation St. Louisan, pastor of Buren Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME) and director of a community-based racial equity organization, Faith & For the Sake of All (FFSOA). FFSOA is committed to improving the health and well-being of African Americans by mobilizing the faithful and Rev. Kennedy exercises this mission personally and professionally. She was recently appointed to the Housing Authority of St. Louis County Board of Commissioners and uses that appointment as an opportunity to promote affordable housing, creating equitable living in the region. Rev. Kennedy earned her Bachelor of Arts in Business Communication from Rockhurst University and Master of Business Administration from Keller University in Kansas City, MO.; and recently earned her Master of Divinity from Eden Theological Seminary. Her career includes entrepreneurial ventures, non- profit (United Way & Girl Scouts), commercial and government sponsored insurance, and liturgical/congregational leadership. An ordained deacon in the AME Church, Rev. Kennedy takes community leadership seriously and has practiced it in many capacities.


Does White Privilege Exist?

Anti-Racism Discussion, Thursday, September 24, 2020

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