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College of Liberal Arts to present Inclusive Excellence Conference

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The College of Liberal Arts will host the 2024 Inclusive Excellence Conference on Wednesday, April 17, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in 2222/2223 Melton Student Center.

The College of Liberal Arts Inclusive Excellence Conference is organized by the CLA Inclusive Excellence office to offer undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, staff and the community the opportunity to propose research that explores points of collaboration, conflict, influence and reinvention of the many factors related to diversity, equity and inclusion in research, academics and community engagement.

This year’s conference titled “Inclusive Excellence Across All Disciplines: In the Classroom, Research and Community” will include topics such as:

  • Student access and persistence
  • Inclusive excellence faculty development
  • Institutional change and capacity building for inclusive excellence
  • Evaluating institutional systems toward modeling inclusive excellence
  • Fostering and facilitating inclusive community engagement and outreach

The keynote speaker is Anthony Danner, a lecturer in the School of Communication and Journalism. As a researcher, Danner examines political reactionarism through the lens of fan studies and theories of play. His dissertation explores how the combination of brand culture, platform logic and fan play can manifest into consumer identities that embody reactionary politics. As part of his commitment to diversity and inclusion, Danner serves in Auburn University’s Advocates and Allies program, as well as the Diversity, Inclusion and Social Justice committee for the School of Communication and Journalism.

The plenary panel includes Jeremy Ellis, President of the Clotilda Descendants Association and a 2003 Auburn engineering alumnus. Ellis is a sixth-generation descendant of two Clotilda survivors, Pollee and Rose Allen. To date, the Clotilda is the only ship that has been found from the historic Transatlantic Slave Trade and its remains are laying on the bottom of the muddy Mobile River.

The Auburn University Mosaic Theatre Company will perform an original work encouraging dialogue creatively in the movements of equity, diversity and inclusion in the classroom, on campus and throughout the community.

The CLA Inclusive Excellence Conference is free and open to all Auburn University students, faculty, staff and the community.

Attendees must register by April 9, 2024, at the Inclusive Excellence conference website.

If you have questions, please contact CLA Director of Inclusive Excellence Joan Harrell and CLA Outreach Graduate Assistant Keira McCarrell

Tags: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Community and Outreach Communication and Journalism Theatre and Dance

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