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Utah State University to Host Symposium on Inclusive Excellence

Thursday, Oct. 03, 2013

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Utah State University’s inaugural Symposium on Inclusive Excellence is Thursday, Oct. 10, in the Eccles Conference Center on USU’s Logan campus. The symposium runs from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.


“We’ve organized this symposium to fill a gap in the available diversity,” said university diversity specialist Nicole Vouvalis. “Historically, there haven’t been frequent, broad, high-quality trainings on diversity or inclusion available to students, faculty and staff at USU. But we’re changing all of that.”


The symposium includes keynote speakers and breakout sessions covering a wide range of topics. The day begins with a welcome from Provost Noelle Cockett. Following Provost Cockett, Joshua Phillips — who studies intercultural communication, gender violence and poverty — delivers the opening keynote address. Phillips teaches at Southern Illinois University Carbondale and is published in the area of advocacy and gender violence.


Three concurrent breakout sessions follow the opening speakers. Attendees have a choice of attending one of five sessions during each hour. The breakouts include sessions on bystander intervention, campus organizing, facilitating conversations about race and ethnicity, privilege, power, gender violence, and community engagement. The symposium closes with an address by Rachel Griffin, who holds a doctorate in intercultural communication and diversity in higher learning.


“This event promotes community involvement with diversity and inclusion issues,” said Jamie Huber, program coordinator for the university’s Center for Women and Gender. “We hope that symposium attendees will leave better equipped to serve and support underrepresented populations on our campus, which includes faculty, students, staff and administration.”


Event sponsors include the USU Diversity Council, the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President, the Office for Global Engagement, the Access and Diversity Center, the Office of Research and Graduate Studies, the Center for Women and Gender, the Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services and the Office of the Vice President for Student Services.


Registration for the symposium is free and open to the public. For more information and to register, see the symposium website.


Contacts: Nicole Vouvalis, (435) 797-7416, nicole.vouvalis@usu.edu; Jamie Huber, (435) 797-9222, jamie.huber@usu.edu

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