Conference and Events

Town Halls

In March 2021, President Steven Currall announced changes to the Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Equal Opportunity (DIEO).  He appointed Dr. Elizabeth Hordge-Freeman to facilitate a process with on-campus leaders and staff, as well as with community stakeholders, to help define the new direction of the office, including the role, responsibilities and goals of the permanent Vice President of Equity position. In collaboration with DIEO staff, a proposed plan will be submitted to President Currall with the goal of launching a national search for a permanent vice president this summer. Engagement from all university stakeholders is essential to this process. 

DIEO is planning a series of town halls and meetings to solicit thoughts, perspectives and ideas as we re-imagine that office. Town halls will be held in a virtual manner and will be structured as an open forum. To attend one of the virtual events, click the "Join Microsoft Teams" link below on the day you wish to attend.

Town Halls Info

The office also welcomes feedback regarding the strengths and opportunities for growth as it relates to the diversity, equity and inclusion functions in the office. As such, there is a five-question survey to help inform the process. Those who cannot attend the town hall can provide their feedback using the survey tool. All input will be used to inform the Task Force in developing a strategic plan for the university. Please submit your feedback by June 22, 2021.


Format

Town halls will be held in a virtual manner and will not require a sign-up. Individual commenters will be allotted 3 minutes. Special time accommodations can be made for those representing a group.

Each town hall will range from 60-90 minutes with the following structure:

  • Introduction of leadership, staff, and town hall structure (15 minutes)
  • Open Forum (1 hour)
  • Question and answer period (15 minute)

In alignment with the Principles of Community, we encourage all participants to engage in a way that upholds our community standards, which highlights “dialogue with respect.” We don’t have to agree but we will listen respectfully and reject language that demeans any member of the community.