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CMU Diversity Symposium

The Diversity Symposium is a chance to celebrate and make better known the research efforts conducted nationally that are centered around equity, inclusion, belonging, and social justice. It is a chance for members of the campus and the broader community to learn about how CMU faculty, staff, and students are dedicated and involved in research and activism for diverse populations.

2024 CMU Diversity Symposium

Join us for a series of presentations, speakers, and workshops around this year's theme of "Embracing the 'I' in DEIJB (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Justice, and Belonging)." The 9th Annual Campus Diversity Symposium will take place on April 24 and 25. This year features opening remarks from CMU President Bob Davies, keynote luncheon speaker Holiday Simmons, MSW, a Vice Presidential Signature Session, and research-based presentation tracks. 

Close up of Dr. Kechi Iheduru-Anderson smiling as she presents at the CMU Diversity Symposium

2023 CMU Diversity Symposium

Cost of Poverty Experience

  • The virtual experience is a 90-minute interactive poverty simulation that provides a glimpse into the lives of income-challenged families and their communities. This presentation was facilitated by CMU professors Lissa Schwander, Social Work, and Mary Senter, Sociology. 

Lunch Keynote Dr. Jonathan Metzl 

  • Dr. Metzl’s keynote speech discussed the research presented in his novel "Dying of Whiteness: How the Politics of Racial Resentment is Killing America’s Heartland. 

Breakfast with “Real Dialogue” 

  • Have you ever longed for more skillful ways to negotiate one-on-one dialogue over critical or relevant matters? Dr. Polly Young-Eisendrath, a psychologist and author, helped address that question during a presentation and demonstration of her “Real Dialogue” model. Polly uses her experiences to focus dialogue on a micro level. 

2022 CMU Diversity Symposium

The 7th Annual Campus Diversity Symposium took place on April 27, 2022.