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UND to host its first Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Conference Oct. 5-6

UND will hosts its first Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Conference Oct. 5-6, titled “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Higher Education and Beyond.”

This conference will bring students, faculty, staff, community members and social activists together to discuss issues and best practices related to diversity, equity and inclusion in higher education and beyond.

This in-person conference will serve as an interdisciplinary forum to introduce and explore policies, theories and research associated with equity, inclusion and social justice. The conference will also explore barriers to effectively implementing equity and inclusion practices, as well as solutions to address these barriers.

Conference themes:

  • Information technology
  • Teaching pedagogy
  • Service and practice
  • DEI focused research
  • Supporting LGBTQ+ communities in education
  • Supporting students of Color needs in education
  • Mental health
  • Higher education policy
  • Mentorship/supervision for underserved student communities
  • DEI considerations in the workforce
  • Supporting Indigenous training and research in higher education

Keynote Speakers:

Dr. Suzanne Johnson currently serves as president of Green River College since July 2017. Her time at Green River College, thus far, has focused on facilitating and supporting the collaborative efforts of the college’s outstanding faculty and staff as they work to ensure equitable student outcomes and deepen a culture of caring and belonging for all students.

Dr. Darrick Smith is an Associate Professor of Educational Leadership at the University of San Francisco and is a co-director and co-author of the School of Education’s Transformative School Leadership (TSL) program. His research interests are culturally responsive discipline practices; critical pedagogy; transformative school leadership, and social justice schooling. Dr. Smith is also the founder and former Director of the TryUMF (pronounced “triumph”) program in Oakland, Calif., and formerly served as the Co-Director/Principal of the June Jordan School for Equity in San Francisco.

Dr. Genevieve Negrón-Gonzales is Associate Professor in the School of Education and affiliate faculty in the Migration Studies Program at the University of San Francisco. She is an interdisciplinary scholar of education and immigration and speaks across the nation on issues related to diversity, equity, higher education and immigrant rights. Raised on the U.S.-Mexico border, Negrón-Gonzales has been working with, supporting, and researching the lives of undocumented youth for the past fifteen years in multiple capacities: as a student affairs professional, a researcher, and as an activist.

Dr. Katie Spencer is a licensed psychologist and assistant professor at the Institute for Sexual and Gender Health (ISGH) at the University of Minnesota Medical School; and the Co-Medical Director of M Health Fairview Comprehensive Gender Care Services. Her primary clinical practice is working with gender and sexual health concerns including gender diverse adolescents and adults, women’s sexuality and sexual health, and LGBTQ sexuality and well-being. She has a special interest in working on sexuality in gender and life transitions and working with LGBTQ elders.

For more information on the keynote speakers, visit the conference website.


Registration is free for UND students, faculty and staff.

For non-UND participants, registration cost is $75 (if registered before Sept. 24). After Sept. 24, registration cost is $95.

For non-UND student participants, registration cost is $45 (if registered before Sept. 24). After Sept. 24, cost will be $55.

Visit the DEI Conference website to register.