The day-long regional conference, scheduled Saturday, March 21, at NIU-Naperville, will be an opportunity to engage in thought provoking seminars while network with fellow attendees.
Guest speakers include Jerry Blakemore, vice president and general counsel for NIU; Jonathan Lackland, director of government relations at Illinois State University; and actor, poet and playwright Ariel Luckey with a multi-media presentation on “historical amnesia” and immigration.
In addition, the 10th annual Deacon Davis Diversity Awards will be presented.
This award recognizes significant contributions made to the improvement of the status of minorities on NIU’s campus. The PCSM will give four awards this year, one of which is specifically designated for a student. Nominations are open through Tuesday, March 17.
The Presidential Commission on the Status of Minorities was established by the university president to assure that NIU consistently and comprehensively reflects, sponsors, mandates and totally supports action designed to enhance the status of minorities.
Diversity: Strengthening the Pillars of Community takes place from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at NIU Naperville, 1120 East Diehl Road.
The cost of attendance is $20 for NIU students, $25 for non-NIU students, $50 for NIU faculty and staff and $60 for community members.
Transportation is available for NIU students to the Naperville campus, and fee waivers are offered.
Support for the conference is provided by Intercollegiate Athletics; Student Affairs; Outreach, Engagement and Regional Development; the Office of the Vice Provost; and the colleges of Education, Business and Engineering and Engineering Technology