14th Annual Georgia Tech Diversity Symposium


 Invisible Barriers to Belonging

Illusions of Inclusion: Invisible Barriers to Belonging 

Wednesday, September 14, 2022 | 8 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.
John Lewis Student Center | Atlantic Theater

In recent years, an increasing number of institutions and organizations have adopted principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion as core values. Often, these organizations face numerous challenges in building diverse, inclusive, and equitable communities, as the organizational culture must shift to ensure that the lived experiences of those communities reflect these values. 

During the 14th annual Georgia Tech Diversity Symposium Illusions of Inclusion: Invisible Barriers to Belonging, we will explore and attempt to better understand the systemic and institutional challenges that organizations must overcome in order to create a more inclusive community.

Join us for a day full of important conversations with Georgia Tech students, faculty, staff, and renowned scholars who will share their thoughts and expertise on creating an environment where every person can feel a sense of belonging. 


Registration for the 2022 Diversity Symposium has closed. 



Morning Sessions

7:30 A.M.

Registration and Breakfast (for in-person attendees)

8:00 A.M.

Welcome and DEI Plan Overview
Archie W. Ervin, Ph.D. Vice President, Institute Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

8:30 A.M. Keynote

Finding and Locating Asians in America:  A Quick Walk Through a Long History
Evelyn Hu-DeHart, Ph.D., Professor of History, American Studies, and Ethnic Studies, Brown University

9:20 A.M. Session A

Empowering Students from the Global South to Build a Culture of Inclusive Excellence
Katja Weber, Ph.D., Professor, Nunn School of International Affairs 
Ashan Deen, B.S. candidate, Computer Engineering
Yasser El Masri, Ph.D. candidate, Architecture
Azell Francis, Ph.D. candidate, International Affairs

Rachel Goh, B.S. candidate, Mechanical Engineering

10:10 A.M. 


10:25 A.M. Session B

Challenging Conversations: Building Cultural Understanding by Addressing Barriers to Belonging 
Diley Hernández, Ph.D., Associate Vice President of Institute Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Usha Nair-Reichert Ph.D., Associate Professor, School of Economics
Kenji Terawaki, Business Intelligence Developer, Undergraduate Education
May Dongmei Wang Ph.D., Professor, Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering

11:15 A.M.


Afternoon Sessions

12:15 P.M.

Diversity Champion Awards
Keona Lewis, Ph.D., Associate Director of Research, Institute Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

12:45 P.M. Keynote 

My Path to Anti-Racism as an Asian American Educator
Jennifer Ho, Ph.D., Professor, Ethnic Studies; Director, Center for Humanities & the Arts, University of Colorado Boulder

1:35 P.M.


1:50 P.M. Session C

Media Representations as Cultural Perspectives on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Juan Carlos Rodriguez, Ph.D., Associate Professor, School of Modern Languages
Jin Liu, Ph.D., Associate Professor, School of Modern Languages
John Thornton, M.F.A., Senior Academic Professional, 
School of Literature, Media, and Communication
Amanda Weiss, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, School of Modern Languages
Ida Yoshinaga, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, School of Literature, Media, and Communication

2:40 P.M. 

Closing Remarks

2:50 P.M. Session D

Creative Reflection: "The Humble Chair"
Esohe Galbreath; Owner, Primary Consultant, Sohe Solutions; Co-Founder, ARTiculate ATL
Charity Hamidullah; Atlanta-based Artist & Muralist; (Articulate ATL Artist Alum)
Deanna Barton, ATR-BC; Art Therapist & Founder, ALLUMA Art & Healing LLC; (Articulate ATL Artist Alum)