Wright State University is bringing two national experts to Dayton to talk about issues of diversity in a modern context at the new Diversity in Multicultural Millennium Conference.
Registration is now open for the statewide conference, “Affirmative Action: 52 Year of Debate,” with scholar and author Michael Eric Dyson and attorney Marilynn L. Schuyler. It will be held Oct. 3-4 on campus.
“When people think about diversity, they usually think about it having to do with someone else, but all of us are members of different communities,” said Kimberly Barrett, WSU vice president for multicultural affairs and community engagement.
“As engaged citizens of Dayton and the world, we all can benefit by understanding these issues that affect all of us. If your neighbor can’t get the health care they need, or the education that prepares them to be a productive citizen and move up the ladder economically, then it’s going to impact you one way or another,” she said.
“We need everybody’s voice at the table to make that happen. It takes input from everyone.”
The new event replaces the Quest for Community conference that was started in 2001.
This year it will look at affirmative action in higher education following the U.S. Supreme Court case Fisher vs. University of Texas, which was remanded back to the lower court.
Registration for community members is $75 by Sept. 13. For more information, call 937-775-5512.