Conference Schedule

Wednesday, April 20

Note: You must register for each session using the "Register for this session" button under the session title.

Time Event
8:30-4:30 p.m.

Facing racism in 2022 and beyond
Dr. Leslie Anderson and Dr. Lyle Foster

This session is at capacity.

*seating is limited to 45 participants

Thursday, April 21

Note: You must register for each session using the "Register for this session" button under the session title.

Time Event
8:30 a.m.-8:50 a.m.

Welcome to the 2022 Collaborative Diversity Conference
President Clif Smart & Wes Pratt


9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.

African American school to prison pipeline
Francine Pratt and Monica Horton


10:10 a.m.-11:10 a.m.

Speaking Up, Not Over: On being an Advocate for Trans* Students
Matt Scott

At our last conference, we began a conversation on how to be effective allies in a workshop entitled “Deep Listening for Trans* Allies”.  As we enter into part-two of this workshop series, we will specifically focus on practical tips for being an ally to trans* and non-binary students.  This session was previously presented in 2021 as part of the Academic Advisor Forums, but is being brought back to share with this new audience.  (NOTE: session one is not a required perquisite for attending session two.  However, feel free to email if you would like to have access to a videorecording of the original workshop).


11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Lunch Break

12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.

From Ferguson to the future: An overview of the history and the work of Missouri Supreme Court's Commission on Racial and Ethnic Fairness (CREF)
Stephanie White-Thorn


1:40 p.m.-2:40 p.m.

Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Experts Speak:  Challenges and Opportunities?
Panel: Heather Hardinger, Daniel Ogunyemi, Jerry Williams, Taj Suleyman
Moderator: Wes Pratt

DEI is a burgeoning profession locally, statewide, and nationally.  What are the challenges and opportunities faced by diversity experts in various sectors (including higher education, business, corporate, non-profit and public service, etc.,)?  Does one size fit all?  Is collaboration across various domains practical and/or beneficial?  Inquiring minds want and need to know!


2:40 p.m.-3:00 p.m. Break
3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

Shaping a culture for access, persistence and completion for males of color
Dr. Tyrone Bledsoe and Donric Long