Diversity Dialogues

Diversity Dialogues is programming designed to engage and educate the student body on issues, topics, and events that relate to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Diversity Collaborators are student leaders that are hired through Diversity and Inclusion Programs (DIP) to work with club leaders, student leaders, and departments to put on these dialogues and events. If you are interested in pitching an idea or have any questions please email dip@up.edu.

Check below for the full Diversity Dialogues 2023 schedule!

January 25: Diversity Dialogues 2023: Growing Up South Asian in a Post-9/11 World, hosted by South Asian Student Union, 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM, Diversity Center

January 26: Diversity Dialogues 2023: Womxn of Color in Higher Education, hosted by Womxn of Color, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Diversity Center

January 26: Diversity Dialogues 2023: Chinese New Year Celebration, hosted by Lund SJC, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Franz 120

January 27: Diversity Dialogues 2023: New Year Festival, hosted by Japanese Student Association, Vietnamese Student Association, Korean Student Association, Chinese Student Association & International Club, 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Quiet Side of Commons

January 30: Diversity Dialogues 2023: Building Disability Inclusion & Community at UP, hosted by the Disability Affinity Employee Group, 12:30 to 1:30 PM, Diversity Center

January 30: Diversity Dialogues 2023: Understanding Afro-Latinidad, hosted by Latinx Student Union, 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM, Diversity Center

January 31: Diversity Dialogues 2023: BIPOC Mental Health & Wellness, hosted by Wellness Programs & Prevention, 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM, Commons Foyer

January 31: Diversity Dialogues 2023: Stories & effects of immigration and relocation, hosted by Prarthna Chona, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Diversity Center

February 1: Diversity Dialogues 2023: A Different (Kind Of) Kain Na Love, hosted by FASA sa UP, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Franz 120

February 2: Diversity Dialogues 2023: Meaning Meaning: Identities Abroad, hosted by the Study Abroad Office, 4:00 PM to 5:15 PM, Diversity Center

February 2: An evening of solidarity with gender rights defenders, hosted by Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies, 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM, Diversity Center

Our 2021 Keynote speaker was Dr. Adrienne Keene, (Cherokee Nation), a Native scholar, writer, blogger, and activist, and is passionate about reframing how the world sees contemporary Native cultures. She is the creator and author of Native Appropriations, a blog discussing cultural appropriation and stereotypes of Native peoples in fashion, film, music, and other forms of pop culture.

Through her writing and activism, Keene questions and problematizes the ways Indigenous peoples are represented, asking for celebrities, large corporations, and designers to consider the ways they incorporate "Native" elements into their work. She is very interested in the way Native peoples are using social and new media to challenge misrepresentations and present counter-narratives that showcase true Native cultures and identities.

Her blog work has been nominated for the Women’s Media Center Social Media Award (2011), as well as featured in many mainstream media outlets.

Adrienne holds a doctorate in Culture, Communities, and Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Her research focuses on college access for Native (American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian) students and the role of precollege access programs in student success. She has worked closely with a non-profit called College Horizons, which assists Native students in the college application process — as a participant, alumna, faculty member, and now researcher.

Outstanding Voice and Outstanding Student Voice Awards

We're honored to announce our recipient for the Diversity Dialogues Award for Outstanding Voice, 2021: Native American Alliance (NAA's). NAA's event especially stood out for going above and beyond, topic relevancy to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and uplifting voices of the historically excluded. Their event, COVID-19 and Its Impact on Indigenous Communities, was executed with excellence and passion!

We're so excited to announce our first ever recipient for the Diversity Dialogues Award for Outstanding Student Voice 2021: The Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). SAAC's event really stood out for showcasing elements of great planning, an engaging topic and participation, relevancy to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and uplifting the voices of their student peers.