Growing personally and professionally though a deeper understanding of the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion was the message for more than 350 participants in the 27th Annual National Conference of Diversity, Race & Learning held in early May at The Ohio State University.
The two-day conference began with a pre-conference training day of energizing sessions featuring co-signature trainers, Dr. Bree Picower, Professor and Co-Director of the Urban Teacher Residency and Newark Teacher Project and Dr. Tanya Maloney, Assistant Professor and Co-Director of the Urban Teacher Residency and Newark Teacher Project, both from Montclair State University. Other trainers included Dr. Adrian Huerta, Ohio State Alum and Assistant Professor in the Pullias Center for Higher Education at the University of Southern California and Keith Harmon, Director of the Meyerhoff Scholars Program at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. The training day also featured a training session by Ohio State's Health Equity Scholars Program (student scholars) and ODI's own Sophia Antoun, Education Program Specialist for Strategic Diversity Planning, Training and Assessment.
The Main Day conference was kicked off by Dr. Anthony Johnson, assistant professor in the Department of Sociology, who gave the conference charge. Participants then had the opportunity to attend their choice of breakout sessions with themes that included cultural inclusion and understanding, community and society, politics and accountability, and leadership and service.
The keynoted address was given by J. Luke Wood, PhD, Vice President of Student Affairs and Campus Diversity and the Dean's Distinguished Professor of Education at San Diego State University. Before the keynote address, Don Pope-Davis, PhD, Dean of the College of Education and Human Ecology at The Ohio State University, was given the 2022 William H. Watson Memorial Award. Established in 1977, this award honors Professor Watson, the Associate Dean of University College and Professor of Agricultural Education, who died in 1971.
After the keynote, the discussion continued with J. Luke Wood and the audience, moderated by Dr. Karen Beard from Ohio State's Department of Educational Studies.
This year's conference was made possible with the support of its signature sponsors: The Ohio State University: Libraries, Fisher College of Business, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Engineering, Office of International Affairs, College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, College of Optometry, College of Pharmacy, Graduate School, John Glenn College of Public Affairs, Ohio State Newark, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, the Wexner Center for the Arts, and Panera Bread.