Diversity and Inclusion Symposium



The Diversity & Inclusion Symposium builds a community to learn and discuss critical diversity and inclusion issues in higher education to expand our collective knowledge, strengthen our resilience, and deepen our capacity for compassion.
Registration is open to faculty, staff, post-doctoral researchers/fellows, and graduate students. Registration closes on Tuesday, March 14, at 5 pm. 

Plenary Speakers

Dr. JP Higgins

Dr. Jonathan P. Higgins

Dr. Jonathan P. Higgins (DoctorJonPaul) is an award-winning educator, professor, national speaker, freelance journalist, thought leader and media critic who examines the intersections of identity, gender and race in entertainment. Named National Black Justice Coalition's Inaugural Emerging Leaders to Watch and Business Equality Magazine's "Top 40 LGBTQ People Under 40", their work has been featured on sites like Essence, Ebony, Complex, MTV NEWS, Out Magazine, BET & Paper Mag. A Culture Strike 2021 Disruptor and Twitter Spaces Spark Creator, Dr. Higgins is a trailblazer who is creating, sharing, and crafting the stories their ancestors didn't get to tell. 
Dr. Higgins has held positions at both Chernin Entertainment & Edith Productions and consulted with brands, including United Artists, Amazon, and other top media leaders. They have worked on inclusion projects with leaders in entertainment, including Fox, the NFL, Apple, Disney, Instagram, Buzzfeed and GLAAD. They have also been a featured speaker for SXSW & TEDx and competed on the latest season of Netflix's hit show, "Nailed It."
They are the creator, executive producer and host of the "Black Fat Femme Podcast," which was developed via IHeartMedia's Next Up Initiative in 2021. The podcast has gone on to be named one of the "top Black podcasts to listen to" by Essence Magazine. 
Dr. Higgins holds a doctorate in educational justice from the University of Redlands and regularly writes and lectures on what liberation means for Black, queer, fat and non-binary people.

Kevin Kumashiro

Dr. Kevin Kumashiro

Dr. Kevin Kumashiro is an internationally recognized expert on educational policy, school reform, teacher preparation, and educational equity and social justice, with a wide-ranging list of accomplishments and awards as a scholar, educator, leader, and advocate. He is the former Dean of the University of San Francisco School of Education. He is the award-winning author or editor of ten books, including Against Common Sense: Teaching and Learning toward Social Justice and, most recently, Surrendered: Why Progressives are Losing the Biggest Battles in Education. His recent awards include the 2016 Social Justice in Education Award from the American Educational Research Association and an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters.

Download the Symposium Agenda


How to Register

Registration Steps

Step 1: Once you are on the registration site, please provide your contact information. You can only register for 1 person at a time.

Step 2:  After registering for the annual symposium, you will be able to add workshops and other events.

Step 3: Receive registration confirmation.

What can you expect from the symposium?