Ninth Annual Diversity Symposium Program

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Morning Sessions                               Georgia Tech Global Learning Center – Room 236

Registration and Breakfast                                                                                           7:30-8:15 a.m.
Opening Remarks                                                                                                          8:15-8:20 a.m.
Archie Ervin
Vice President, Institute Diversity
Georgia Tech
Institute Welcome                                                                                                          8:20-8:30 a.m.
G.P. “Bud” Peterson
Georgia Tech
Keynote Speaker Introduction                                                                                     8:30-8:35 a.m.
Archie Ervin
What Would You Do?                                                                                                   8:35-10:00 a.m.
John Quiñones
Author, Broadcast Journalist, and Host and Creator of What Would You Do?
Building Inclusive Communities: Exploring the Impact and Implications of Race 10:10-11:15 a.m.
Bill Winders
Associate Professor, School of History and Sociology
Georgia Tech
Susan Greenbaum
Professor Emerita, Department of Anthropology  
University of South Florida
Sherie M. Randolph
Associate Professor, School of History and Sociology
Co-director, Black Feminist Think Tank
Georgia Tech
Deborah R. Vargas
Henry Rutgers Term Chair in Comparative Race and Sexuality
Associate Professor, Department of Women’s and Gender Studies
Rutgers University

Concurrent Session 1                                       Georgia Tech Global Learning Center – Room 236

Telling Our Stories@Tech: Transformative Narratives                                   11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.  
At Georgia Tech, we believe storytelling is an act of inclusion, which fosters empathic appreciation of the complexity of the human experience.
Please join us for the inaugural unveiling of the Institute’s secure, web-based repository of curated personal narratives, which are accessible on-demand to Georgia Tech faculty, staff, and students. Participants will have an opportunity to hear courageous stories centered around race and identity, generate self/social awareness, and engender empathy, compassion, and connection.
For a sneak preview of this storytelling form, please listen to the Counter Stories podcasts at
Cheryl D. Cofield
Curator, Transformative Narratives
Director, Inclusion and Engagement
Georgia Tech
Stephanie Ray
Associate Dean of Students
Director, Student Diversity Programs

Georgia Tech

Concurrent Session 2                                Georgia Tech Global Learning Center – Room 334/335

Building Inclusiveness in Justice Settings: Translating Science into Actual Practice
                                                                                                                          11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.    
An individual’s contact with the justice system is often influenced by implicit assumptions and stereotypes. In this session, the presenters will provide a critical analysis on how gender, race, and class interact to impact the legal status and well-being of individuals in the justice system. 
Please join us for a presentation on the role of academic professionals in building inclusive communities – through the translation of science into practice and through recommendations and interventions that are responsive to racial, gender, and class differences and identities. Real-life narratives based on the presenters’ research and professional work in the areas of family court, adult drug treatment court, and other justice settings will be shared.
Julie R. Ancis
Associate Vice President, Institute Diversity
Georgia Tech
Corinne C. Datchi
Associate Professor, Department of Professional Psychology and Family Therapy
Seton Hall University

Concurrent Session 3                                Georgia Tech Global Learning Center – Room 330/331

So, Now What?                                                                                               11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.   

You’ve spent the morning learning about the ins and outs of race and equity. So, now what? Participants will have an opportunity to explore ways to get involved on campus moving forward.
Please join us for a facilitated group conversation, then speak with the following panelists about their engaging activities in the year ahead:
  • Diversity and Inclusion Fellows Program (L. Beril Toktay)
  • Employee Resource Groups (Pearl Alexander)
  • Leading Women@Tech (Pearl Alexander)
  • Office of the Arts (Madison Cario)
  • OMED: Educational Services (Cynthia Moore)
  • Serve-Learn-Sustain (Jennifer Hirsch)
Madison Cario
Director, Office of the Arts
Georgia Tech
Jennifer Hirsch
Director, Center for Serve-Learn-Sustain
Georgia Tech

Awards Luncheon and Performance                                                           Georgia Tech Hotel and
                                                                                                               Conference Center Ballroom

Institute Diversity Updates                                                                                       12:30-12:40 p.m.
Archie Ervin
Faces of Inclusive Excellence Introduction and Video Presentation                       1:00-1:05 p.m.

Archie Ervin

Diversity Champion Awards Introduction and Video Presentation                          1:05-1:30 p.m.
Keona Lewis
Program Review and Research Manager, Institute Diversity
Georgia Tech
Why Is Race Still So Difficult to Deal With, and What Can We Do About It? and Q&A                                                                                                                                               1:30-2:25 p.m.
Dahlak Brathwaite
Writer/Performer of Spiritrials, a solo play focusing on race and the criminal justice system
Closing Remarks                                                                                                           2:25-2:30 p.m.
Archie Ervin
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