Ottawa, Kan. – Bringing diversity and inclusion to the forefront of conversations for the Ottawa community continues to be the focal point of Ottawa University’s “WE” Diversity Conference, which returns campus for the third year on February 22 from 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. This all-day conference will be held at the Schendel Conference Center in the Gangwish Library and Gibson Student Center.
“The “WE” Diversity Conference is a great opportunity for people from all areas of the Ottawa community to come together and find solutions to problems in order to make the Ottawa community as well as the greater community a better place,” said Donald Anderson, coordinator of Multi-Cultural Student Programs at OU and organizer of this year’s event.
Noted speaker and educator Calvin Terrell will lead the conversation throughout the day, which will focus on this year’s theme of “Identity & Infinity, Healing Historical Trauma.” His presentations will center on current social and political topics that are important to the ongoing discussion of diversity in society today.
“This will be an courageous and honest exploration of the human condition,” said Terrell. “We have yet to earn ‘united’ in these United States, therefore healing is needed. This is invitation calling all colors, backgrounds, and beliefs to abandon pedestals, as well as pits to meet on the field of justice for all to heal and grow a future better than the past we inherited."
Terrell is the founder and lead Equity Coach of Social Centric Institute, an organization designed to educate and train all ages to enhance human interactions for global progress. In 2000, he was awarded the City of Phoenix Martin Luther King, Jr., “Living the Dream” award for his dedication to human rights. He has collaborated with Chief Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and has provided justice seminars for employees at Harpo, Oprah Winfrey’s production company.
The conference is free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.ottawa.edu/weconference.
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Founded in 1865, Ottawa University prepares professional and liberal arts graduates for lifetimes of personal significance, vocational fulfillment and service to God and humanity within a Christ-inspired community of grace and open inquiry. Ottawa University is a comprehensive, not-for-profit educational institution serving 3,000 students through its residential campuses in Ottawa, Kan., and Surprise, Ariz., and adult campuses in Overland Park, Kan.; Phoenix, Queen Creek and Surprise, Ariz.; Brookfield, Wis.; Jeffersonville, Ind.; as well as online. For more information, visit www.ottawa.edu.