13th Annual Georgia Tech Diversity Symposium

The Globalization of Anti-Racism Activism

September 15, 2021 | 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.

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The 13th annual Georgia Tech Diversity Symposium, The Globalization of Anti-Racism Activism, will feature Ibram X. Kendi, historian and award-winning author of How to Be An Antiracist. The event will also include panel discussions with Tech faculty, staff, students, and alumni on the topics of local, national, and international anti-racism movements. The day will conclude as we recognize this year's Diversity Champion Awards and Faces of Inclusive Excellence honorees.


Registration for the 2021 Diversity Symposium has closed.

Program Materials

Morning Sessions

7:30 a.m.

Registration and Breakfast (for in-person attendees)

8 a.m.

Opening Remarks
Ángel Cabrera, President, Georgia Tech

Archie W. Ervin, Vice President, Institute Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Introduction of Guest Speaker
André Brock, Associate Professor, Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts

9 a.m.

Guest Speaker (virtual)
Ibram X. Kendi, award-winning historian and author of How to Be an Antiracist

10:05 a.m.

Global and Local Connections
This panel will explore how collective actions and community responses to local acts of racism inspire global movements.

Kirk Bowman, Professor, Rise Up & Care Term Chair in Global Development and Identity, Sam Nunn School of International Affairs

Jancy Ling Liu, Dorian Brown Crosby, and Kevin Shanker Sinha

11:05 a.m.

Views From Elsewhere: Race in the United States
Five Georgia Tech graduates and current students consider race in the United States from the diverse vantages that their particular histories and experiences provide.

Sabir Khan, Associate Professor, School of Architecture and School of Industrial Design; Director, International Education, School of Architecture

Bangseh Akuchu, Jhordan Channer, Kyla Dowlen, Joel Jassu, and Mandani Tennakoon

Afternoon sessions

12:15 p.m.

Lunch (for in-person attendees)

1 p.m.

Awards Reception

Diversity Champion Awards
Faces of Inclusive Excellence

1:30 p.m.

Where Do We Go From Here?
Stephanie Ray, Associate Dean of Students; Director, Student Diversity Programs

2 p.m.

Closing Remarks