D.I.F. Conference

Diversity, Inclusion & Fairness (D.I.F.) Conference
Think.Create.Be D.I.F.!

 Save the Date:  Saturday April 8, 2017
8:00 am – 4:00 pm, Russell Union

 

D.I.F. Conference Mission

The mission of the D.I.F. Conference is to create an opportunity to openly talk, listen and learn about issues related to diversity, inclusion and fairness.

D.I.F. Conference Goals: 

  • Develop an understanding of diversity, inclusion and fairness (Think).
  • Increase awareness of one’s identities, biases and privileges (Think).
  • Understand the value of inclusivity and how individual actions impact our environments (Create).
  • Engage in Intergroup Dialogue to understand the effects of marginalization in order to create safe and inclusive environments (Create).
  • Identify and develop the necessary skills to create positive and strategic change (Be).
  • Challenge each other to acknowledge and expand the boundaries of our comfort zones (Be).

Registration Rates:
Category Cost
Georgia Southern Students $10
Non GSU Students $15
Faculty & Staff $20
Group Rate (10+ people) $10
1. Online 
Register Here
2. In-person

 

Stop by the MSC on the 2nd Floor of the Russell Union – Room 2070

To register a group of 10 or more people, please contact the MSC at msc@georgiasouthern.edu or 912-478-5409.

2017 D.I.F. Conference Schedule

 

Time Event/Session 
8:00 a.m.  – 8:30 a.m. Check-In/Breakfast
8:30 a.m. Welcome
8:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Opening Keynote 
10:10 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.  Concurrent Session 1 
11:20 a.m. – 12:25 p.m. Concurrent Session 2 
12:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Lunch + Keynote 
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.  Concurrent Session 3 
3:10 – 3:30 p.m. Closing/Wrap Up 

 D.I.F. Conference 2017 Opening Keynote Speaker

Joshua Fredenburg  (http://www.visionxy.com/ )

Joshua Fredenburg is a nationally acclaimed speaker, media commentator, leadership/diversity consultant, relationship expert, and author of five books. He has served as a keynote speaker for different lectures, conferences, retreats, and trainings at various colleges, non-profit organizations, and corporate events in forty four different states. He is also a dynamic speaker who is known for delivering an inspirational message with expert advice that leads to immediate, life changing and transformational results!

In addition to a highly successful speaking career, Joshua is also the President and Founder of the Circle of Change Leadership Conference and World Leaders Institute. The Circle of Change Leadership Conference is an award winning leadership development program that was not only recognized by the NASPA (Student Affair Professionals in Higher Education) Student Leadership Programs Knowledge Community as the “Top Student Leadership Development Program in 2015”, but it’s also an incredible conference that prepares student leaders for career leadership success in the 21st Century. It also connects these students with executives from companies such as Pepsi, Columbia Pictures, Hewlett Packard, CNN, UPS, MTV, Mattel, Starbucks’s, VH-1, Verizon Wireless, NBC Universal, IBM, Warner Brothers, Chipotle, Disney, and Fox to name a few.

Despite Joshua’s busy schedule, he has also found time to appear as a television guest on BET, the Wayne Brady Show, the KTLA Morning Show in Los Angeles, the Daily Buzz National Morning Show, K-CAL 9 News in Los Angeles, and CBS News in San Francisco to name a few. He has done all of this while also pursuing a doctoral degree in Organizational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University, and serving as a distinguished member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity. Recently, he accepted a community service award from the Young Professionals Urban League of Los Angeles for his service and work with emerging and seasoned leaders of the younger generation.

All of Joshua’s work is done with a heart of humility, love, integrity, excellence, exceptional character, and strong desire to provide emerging and seasoned leaders with a life changing experience!

D.I.F. Conference 2017  Keynote Speaker

Kai Davis (http://www.kaidavispoetry.com/) 

Kai Davis is a writer and performer from Philadelphia. In 2016 she received her Bachelors in both African American Studies and English with a concentration in creative writing. Between 2012 and 2016 Kai Davis was the Artistic Director of The Babel Poetry Collective. She has been featured at the San Francisco Opera House, The Kimmel Center, TEDX Philly, on CNN, BET, PBS, and NPR. She is a two time international grand slam champion, winning Brave New Voices in 2011 and The College Union Poetry Slam Invitational in 2016. 

Right now she spends most of her time working as a member of The Philly Pigeon Collective, a group of poets who host an award winning poetry slam in Philadelphia. When she is not hosting, she tours colleges and universities across the country, performing her original work and facilitating writing workshops. 

As a Queer Woman of Color, much of her work deals with the topics of race, gender, and sexuality and its many intersections. She aims to explore how it affects who we are and how we love.

 

Call for Proposals

We are seeking faculty, professional staff and community members to present engaging, interactive, and informative breakout workshops. These workshops will be 50 minutes long (with Q&A), and will be done in a room of potentially 15-25 conference attendees. It is crucial that these workshops be interactive and not like a lecture. Student leaders and other conference participants who will be present should feel empowered, moved, and ready to take on the issues discussed in the program. One of the many goals of our conference is for attendees to gain tangible ways to create positive social change.  We would like you to provide the attendees with learning outcomes to begin the session and then action steps after the session.

Click HERE to submit a workshop/session Proposal for the 2nd Annual D.I.F. Conference. 
 Presenter Criteria:
  • Presenters must be faculty, staff, community member, or graduate student.
  • Undergraduate students can co-present with a graduate student, faculty, or staff member.

Last updated: 3/28/2017

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