Cultural Literacy and Competence Symposium: Keynote Videos & Event Pictures
Today, when we discuss “diversity” we have arrived where we understand the conversation is more than about difference and the presence of different people in our organization. Here at UI we don’t just celebrate diversity. It is a framework we apply to all we do. Diversity means excellence because it brings us not only different people with different identities and backgrounds, it also brings different ways of thinking and doing, different perspectives that bring to bear many ways to approach a project, meet a challenge, and solve a problem. Without this diversity, excellence would elude us.
As faculty and staff, it is incumbent that, as life-long learners, teachers, researchers, supporters and deliverers of our university mission, vision and values, we continuously grow in our own professional skill sets.
The following videos are presentations by keynote speakers Jeff Guillory and Angela Harris for the Cultural Literacy and Competence Symposium. Included is a slide show album.
Why is Diversity Important? | Jeff Guillory
Having elected our first African American president in 2008, as a nation we have made great strides in terms of cultural understanding. However, while people of color are closing the education gap, disparities in higher education remain disturbingly apparent. The 2010 U.S. Census indicated that 28 percent of Americans older than 25 years of age had a four-year college degree. The same year only 17 percent of African Americans and 13 percent for Hispanics had a four-year degree. For Native Americans the figure is less than 1 percent.
Diversity 2.0: Beyond the Presumption of Incompetence | Angela Harris
Every organization today seeks “diversity,” and higher education is no exception. The Supreme Court has even declared diversity a compelling interest for the purposes of equal protection law. But as our book, PRESUMED INCOMPETENT, reveals, there is a lot of distress just below the surface of the lives of many of the female faculty of color who add to their institutions’ diversity. How can administrators, faculty members, and staff learn to be better allies? What lessons can we learn from the experiences of female faculty of color that will take the university beyond the surfaces of “diversity” to make it a fairer and more inclusive place?
Cultural Literacy and Competence Symposium Slide Show
This event was sponsored by the President’s Diversity Council: Culture & Climate Committee, Faculty Recruitment & Retention Committee, Staff Recruitment & Retention Committee, Faculty Senate, Division of Academic Affairs, Division of Diversity & Human Rights, International Programs Office, Professional Development & Learning, and Staff Affairs Committee