Classism:

The Last Socially Accepted Prejudice?
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Diversity Institute

Join us on Thursday, April 12th for Diversity Institute - a one day diversity conference.

This year’s theme Classism: The Last Socially Accepted Prejudice? Will explore the impact of classism on oppressed and discriminated-against groups, particularly, people of color. Participants will identify the many ways classism shapes the college experience of students from various socio-economic backgrounds, and explore the effects of classism across races, genders, sexualities, and the impact on mental health.

Diversity Institute features a Brunch with a Keynote Speaker, educational breakout sessions featuring a faculty/staff track and a student track along with a Large Group Session! Register now.

Meet our Keynote Speaker

Dr. Tanya Williams

Born and raised in Houston, Texas, I have found a second home on the East coast currently residing in New York City. I have over 20 years of diversity, inclusion, and social justice teaching, programming and facilitation experience in higher education including professional roles at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Southwestern University, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Mount Holyoke College, and most recently, Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York as the Deputy Vice President for Institutional Diversity and Community Engagement.

I’ve taught courses such as Social Diversity in Education, Exploring Differences and Common Ground through Intergroup Dialogue, and the Psychology of Racism and facilitated workshops and presentations at the National Conference of Race and Ethnicity (NCORE), the White Privilege Conference (WPC) as well as National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) and American College Personnel Administrators (ACPA) conferences. Additionally, I am a Co-lead facilitator for the LeaderShape Institute, a national organization committed to creating leaders with integrity, and as a Senior Trainer with Class Action, a national organization committed to ending classism.

By attending Diversity Institute, participants will:

  1. Acquire knowledge about classism
  2. Explore the impact of classism on oppressed and discriminated-against groups, particularly people of color
  3. Identify ways classism shapes the college experience of students from various socio-economic backgrounds and formulate ways to better engage students
  4. Explore the intersectionality of classism and its impact on race, gender, sexuality and mental health