Summit Schedule Overview - Thursday, April 7, 2022 | 7am - 5pm


Overview of Summit Activity


7:00am to 8:15am   

Check-In and Continental Breakfast

Check-in open and available for guests attending in-person or remotely.    

Simon Rotunda (Breakfast)
Atrium of Strong Auditorium (Registration)                                                                                                                                                                                                   

8:15am to 8:30am                                                                    

Welcome It’s Time for Lift Off

Welcome celebratory remarks from President Mangelsdorf, Vice President of Equity and Inclusion & Chief Diversity Officer Ramírez Fernández, and Deputy Chief Diversity Officer Eloi-Evans. In addition, a celebration honoring members from the Seneca Nation and the Haudenosaunee Confederacy.

Strong Auditorium       
Virtual Platform

8:30am to 10am

Lift Off with Dr. Gloria Ladson-Billings*

Dr. Gloria Ladson-Billings, President of the National Academy of Education, is a widely published author on education and diversity. She will offer the inaugural keynote address.

Strong Auditorium
Virtual Platform

10:00 to 10:10 AM | Restore:  10-minute
Wellness with Mindful University Project

Concurrent Workshops


Overview of Summit Activity


10:10am to 10:55am                                        

EDI in the Workplace – Religious Diversity: Challenges and Opportunities

With a focus on a frequently overlooked EDI topic—religious diversity in the workplace—the workshop will draw on case studies to engage participants in solving real life controversies that have arisen in various workplace settings involving a religiously diverse workforce.         

Location TBD                                              

10:10am to 10:55am                                              

Illustrating Equity and Enacting Sustainable Change

Art can be emancipatory, as it acknowledges and highlights alternative possibilities of existing and relating to others. The objective of this workshop is to utilize the visual arts to examine alternative possibilities of existing and relating to others in spaces where there is a collective mission for diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Location TBD 

10:10am to 10:55 am                                                        

Lessons from Theatre of the Oppressed*

Theatre of the Oppressed is a form of popular community-based education that uses theatre as a tool for transformation. Originally developed out of Augusto Boal’s work with peasant and worker populations, it is now used all over the world for social and political activism, conflict resolution, community building, therapy, and government legislation.

Location TBD

10:10am to 10:55 am                   

Impact of Diversity in Communication*

In response to the need to accelerate connectivity and relationship building in a globally diverse community, this experience holds an abbreviated version of exercises provided during graduate student orientation at the Simon Business School. The session will allow for awareness in participants of the power of connecting in communication in spite of our differences.  

Location TBD

10:55am to 11:05am | Restore:  10-minute
Wellness with Mindful University Project

11:05am to 12:20am                                                

Fuel for Connection with Dr. Tom Humphries*

Dr. Tom Humphries, associate professor in the Department of Education Studies and the Department of Communication at the University of California at San Diego and a Gallaudet University Trustee. In 1975, the term audism was coined in an unpublished article written by American communication and language researcher Tom L. Humphries.   

Location TBD                                               

Empowerment Hour
12:20 PM - 1:05 PM

An opportunity to grab-n-go lunch with either food trucks or boxed lunches.
Also, virtual gaming activities, breakout virtual lunchrooms, wellness sessions, etc.

1:05pm - 2:20pm                                                                                       

Fuel for Courage with Dr. Jennifer Freyd*

Dr. Jennifer Freyd is the Founder and President of the Center for Institutional Courage, Inc. Freyd introduced the concepts of “institutional courage,” “institutional betrayal,” “DARVO,” and “betrayal trauma.”                                                                                                                                                                                                     

Feldman Ballroom             
Virtual Platform                                                                                                           

2:20 PM - 2:30 PM | Restore:  10-minute
Wellness with Mindful University Project

2:30pm to 3:00pm                                                                           

Power Session: University EDI Initiatives

An informative power session engaging with the university’s EDI initiatives within dining services, facilities, and parking.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

Virtual Platform                                                                                                             

3:00pm - 3:10pm | Restore:  10-minute
Wellness with Mindful University Project

3:10pm to 3:55pm                                                                                                                                                      

Fuel for Empowerment with Dr. Shaun Nelms

Dr. Shaun Nelms is the superintendent of East Upper and Lower Schools, formerly East High School in Rochester, NY. In addition, he was named the first William and Sheila Konar Director for the Center for Urban Education Success (CUES) at the Warner School of Education. Nelms leads success efforts of K12 urban schools both locally and nationally through a combination of research, relationship building, and a commitment to pursue and share best practices.                                           

Virtual Platform                                                                                                                                                                                         

3:55pm to 4:05pm | Restore:  10-minute
Wellness with Mindful University Project

4:05pm to 4:50pm                                                                                      

Power Session: Transformative Student Activism

An informative power session engaging with student leaders and activists on their activism—hear their tangible experiences of what they have been able to accomplish as well as their growing pains.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

Virtual Platform                                                                                                                     

4:50pm to 5:00pm     

Take Flight: Closure

An opportunity to reconnect with all attendees to close the summit experience.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

Virtual Platform