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 back to learn more about Diversity Dialogues in 2023!

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.