Every Day Inclusion: Right Here, Right Now!
March 1–2, 2022

In Person and Virtual

The 7th annual DEI Conference will open the morning of March 1 and run through the afternoon of March 2, 2022. The conference, “Every Day Inclusion: Right Here, Right Now!,” reflects the overarching themes of understanding root causes, assessing our current environment and presenting ways forward that can lead to personal and systemic changes.

At the conclusion of this conference—unlike our previous six conferences—we will publish Lessons from the Conference, a white paper, summarizing key takeaways along with key recommendations for a path forward for those who attended.

The 2022 DEI Conference will be open to both in-person sessions on the Webster University Webster Groves campus and virtual attendance. The conference is FREE to all attendees, thanks to the generous support of our conference sponsors.

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Get Involved

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Webster University is working to elevate the upcoming Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Conference to new levels of meaning, and we are inviting you to be a part of the evolution. In our fractured world, the need for the conference, the need for us to come together, the need for us to hear different viewpoints has never been greater.

This year’s conference will open the morning of March 1 and run through the afternoon of March 2, 2022. Deadline for proposals is Dec. 8, 2021.

Request for Proposal details

This conference, “Every Day Inclusion: Right Here, Right Now!,” reflects the overarching themes of understanding root causes, assessing our current environment and presenting ways forward that can lead to personal and systemic changes. There are many ways to frame these presentations and we welcome unique approaches. Potential discussions could be:

  • Emotional Fatigue: the impact of constant exposure to tragedy and injustice and the ways they leave us feeling uncertain, powerless, and overwhelmed.
  • The Failure of Unconscious Bias Training, and why it’s needed more now than ever.
  • Inclusive behaviors as a performance issue, rather than a personality issue.

We look forward to showcasing your subject matter expertise, your fresh thinking and best practices and your dynamism as a presenter. Just remember when planning your session that this Conference is about more than conversation. We will look to each presentation for post-conference action-oriented recommendations and practical takeaways to help move ourselves and our communities forward.

As you consider your proposal for presentation at the conference, we ask that you frame your submission in the following manner:

  • Please indicate how your topic relates to the theme: Every Day Inclusion: Right Here, Right Now!
  • Please write a summary of what issue you are addressing, the key points you will make and the primary examples you will discuss (no more than 250 words).
  • Please summarize your key takeaways (up to 5) along with your key recommendations (up to 5).
  • Please provide a high-resolution headshot and brief biography.
  • Affirm your willingness to promote your presentation on social media and be available for media requests.

Please submit no later than Dec. 8, 2021 to KateDaniel@webster.edu. You may also contact Kate, at the above email with questions.

Please join us as a sponsor and help build understanding and empathy as a supporter of the 2022 Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Conference.

speaker panel at conferenceAs a conference sponsor, you will:

  • Demonstrate your organization’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • Receive local, national and international audience exposure.
  • Receive corporate recognition through conference advertising with impressions in the hundreds of thousands, media coverage with impressions in the millions, plus email, social media, and website communications.
  • Have your brand included alongside nationally known speakers, such as 2021 keynote speaker Charlotte Clymers, transgender activist, U.S. military veteran and former press secretary at The Human Rights Campaign and 2019 speaker Jackie Joyner-Kersee, six-time Olympian and Founder & CEO, Jackie Joyner-Kersee Foundation.
  • Provide free conference access to all attendees, both in-person and virtual.
  • Become a corporate member of the Jackson & Thomas Society.

Sponsorship Levels and Benefits (PDF)

For more information about sponsorships, please contact:
Nate Pedigo
Development Officer Foundation and Corporations
t: 314-246-4272
e: nathanpedigo@webster.edu

Past Conferences

Since 2016, the Webster University community has prioritized challenging misconceptions and developing positive and accurate stories for our students through in-depth discussions, dialogue sessions, and shared experiences at our annual Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Conference.

2020 conference

2019 conference: Webster University Chancellor Beth Stroble and guest speaker, Olympian Jackie Joyner-Kersee.

2017 conference

Transgender activist and military veteran Charlotte Clymer was a speaker during the 2021 virtual Conference.

2019 conference

2019 conference

Michael J. Brathwaite at the 2019 conference

2018 conference

2016 conference

2019 conference

Art Holliday at the 2017 conference

2018 conference

2019 conference

2016 conference

2021: Beyond Conversation: Driving Our Future

The 6th annual Diversity & Inclusion Conference was, for the first time, held virtually on Feb. 23-25, 2021.

The powerful and insightful conference featured nationally renowned speakers, lectures and panel discussions designed to share experiences, research and emerging trends.

Charlotte Clymer| Transgender Activist, Military Veteran

Patrisse Cullors |Co-founded the global Black Lives Matter movement in 2013

2020: From Conversation to Action

Our 5th annual Diversity & Inclusion Conference was free and open to the public on our Webster Groves campus, Feb. 24-27, 2020.

Diversity and inclusion are not only critical to our success, they are what constitute a strong and loving community. A diverse and inclusive community fosters unprecedented innovation, and also cultivates a community of understanding, a community of compassion, a community that stays vigilant in dismantling bigotry, and a community that rages against the death of tolerance and justice.

This powerful and insightful conference featured a keynote address, lectures, film screenings, panel discussions and demonstrations designed to share experiences, research and emerging trends.

Sam White Civic Entrepreneur & Advocate | @samwhiteout

Michele Norris |Peabody Award-winning Journalist & Founder of The Race Card Project | @michele_norris

Aisha Sultan |Syndicated Columnist & Independent Filmmaker | @AishaS

Shelly Tochluk |Witnessing Whiteness | @shellytochluck

2019: Expanding the Conversation

Our 4th annual Diversity & Inclusion Conference was free and open to the public on our Webster Groves campus, Feb. 26-28, 2019.

From Webster's inception, we have been an institution that opened worlds that were previously closed to students. Our student body has become increasingly diverse in every way. We are a microcosm of the world across the Webster campus network and within each campus.

This powerful and insightful conference featured a keynote address, lectures, panel discussions and a theatrical performance designed to share experiences, research and emerging trends.

Marilyn F. Booker| Managing Director & Head of Urban Markets Group, Morgan Stanley Wealth Management

Jackie Joyner-Kersee| Olympian; Founder & CEO, Jackie Joyner-Kersee Foundation

Neal Richardson |Head of Financial Education Strategy, U.S. Bank; Co-Founder & President, Dream Builders 4 Equity

2018: Elevating the Conversation

Our 3rd annual Diversity & Inclusion Conference was free and open to the public on our Webster Groves campus, Feb. 28 - March 1, 2018.

In prior conferences, we have focused panels and speakers on populations who have struggled to be included with equity and dignity. While this conference does explore the role of women and media, current issues with immigration and our keynote which focuses on racism, we have elevated the discourse in other sessions across many demographics. We want to examine hate speech, activism, the criminal justice system – even diversity of thought. We are also varying the format – giving everyone an opportunity to participate in a variety of ways, awakening habits and thought patterns we may not even know we have.

Dr. Donald Suggs |Publisher & Executive Editor of St. Louis American

2017: Critical Conversations

Our 2nd annual Diversity & Inclusion Conference was free and open to the public on our Webster Groves campus, March 1-2, 2017.

How can we make progress on this continuous path to equity? We can build on the knowledge we already hold, seeking to learn from and with each other. We can join with our neighbors to address the most pressing concerns from humanitarian and environmental perspectives.

We can learn from speakers at this forum what next steps are needed. We will maintain our focus—staying true to our core values—by continuing to learn, to create, to listen to each other, to seek the best in each other, and to want the best for each other.

Joan Lipkin| Artistic Director, That Uppity Theatre Company

Art Holliday |Broadcaster, KSDK NewsChannel 5

2016: Critical Conversations

Our inaugural Diversity & Inclusion Conference was free and open to the public on our Webster Groves campus, Feb. 29–March 1, 2016.

Keynote addresses, student panel discussions, and facilitated dialogue sessions will be planned to create opportunities for those present to share their experiences, research, and emerging trends in creating communities that embrace diversity in ways that welcome and include. The intention during these two days is to explore ways to move forward on the continuous path of equity, valuing the strength that comes from the diversity of the community.

Lee A. Gill | Chief Diversity Officer & Special Assistant to the President at Clemson University

Adis M. Vila | Senior Fellow for the Institute for Cross Cultural Management at Florida Institute of Technology

Julia Serano | Writer, Performer, Activist & Author

Tahil Sharma| Youth Representative for the Parliament of the World’s Religions to the United Nations

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