The annual Symposium on Inclusive Excellence encourages students and staff to learn, grow, and commit as a campus to comprehensive and continuing engagement with our diverse community. An entire day is reserved for educational sessions that inspire open dialogue, a featured keynote speaker, and community lunch.

2017 Symposium

The College welcomed Dr. Charles H.F. Davis, III, as this year's keynote speaker, who inspired an audience of 1,000 people to dream together. He spoke about using our imaginations to dream about what we have to build if we want to see change in the world, and that the timing for standing for what is right is right now.

The afternoon schedule offered a variety of different opportunities to continue dialogues and discussions. An interactive poverty simulation, intergroup dialogues, and educational sessions covered topics including Title IX, race and the criminal justice system, status of women in Pennsylvania, Brazilian music, scientists with disabilities, religious diversity and more.

Finally, the Symposium concluded with a showing of the film, Loving, which tells the story of an interracial couple who was at the center of one of the most important Supreme Court cases of the 1960s.

 

Symposium Schedule

10–11:15 A.M. KEYNOTE CONVOCATION | DR. CHARLES H.F. DAVIS | CHAPEL SANCTUARY
11:30 A.M.–1 P.M. COMMUNITY LUNCH | MUND COLLEGE CENTER DINING HALL
1–3:30 P.M. INTERACTIVE SIMULATIONS
1–3:30 P.M. INTERGROUP DIALOGUES
1–2 P.M. EDUCATIONAL SESSIONS I
2:15–3:15 P.M. EDUCATIONAL SESSIONS II
7 P.M. SHOWING OF FILM, "LOVING" | CHAPEL 101

 

Keynote

DR. CHARLES H.F. DAVIS, III

Dr. Charles H.F. Davis III currently serves as Director of Higher Education Research and Initiatives at the University of Pennsylvania Center for the Study of Race & Equity in Education. His own scholarly research broadly examines the use of digital media in contemporary student organizing and social movements in college. Other research and writing has focused on the racialized and gendered experiences of college students. Outside of the academy, Dr. Davis is engaged in service work through various social and professional organizations, programs, and initiatives, particularly those related to education and social change.

Center for the Study of Race & Equity in Education