Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Lecture Series Begins Sept. 24

September 22, 2020

Join us for the launch of the annual Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Lecture Series. This series, presented by the DEI Lecture Series Planning Committee and The Rogow Distinguished Visiting Lecturer Program, kicks off virtually on Thursday, Sept. 24, with a discussion of Black Lives Matter. Other future topics include voting rights; health equity and communities of color; and policing, campuses, and communities of color.

To RSVP, please register here. WebEx information will be sent to you automatically upon registration. 

Black Lives Matter! The Roots of the Movement Today

Thursday, September 24
6:30–7:30 p.m.

Rosa Alicia Clemente is an organizer, political commentator, and independent journalist. An Afro-Puerto Rican born and raised in the Bronx, NY she has dedicated her life to organizing, scholarship, and activism. From Cornell to prisons, Rosa is one of her generations leading scholars on the issues of Afro-Latinx identity. 

Voting Rights: Protecting the Right to Vote

Thursday, October 15
6:30–7:30 p.m.

The University of Hartford’s Associate Professor of Political Science Bilal Sekou will facilitate a panel of advocates and political leaders including activist Karen Hobert Flynn, Senator Douglas McCrory, and Rock the Vote's Director of Digital Organizing Michelle Stockwell. 

Karen Hobert Flynn has been a democracy reform activist and leader for more than three decades. She has served 25-plus years in state and national leadership positions with Common Cause, and is the organization’s ninth president. Karen serves as the co-chair of the Democracy Initiative and is on the board of Democracy21

University of Hartford alumnus Senator Doug McCrory '88, MM '95 has served as State Senator representing parts of Bloomfield, Hartford, and Windsor since 2017. He was first elected to the General Assembly in 2004 to represent the 7th House district, which he served for six full terms.

Michelle Stockwell is focused on growing Rock the Vote’s Relational Organizing program online and helping organizers get creative as they adapt to COVID-19. Michelle began working as a community organizer during college. She went on to work as a fundraiser, social media director, and digital strategist before joining Rock the Vote this year. 

About the Series

The Rogow Distinguished Visiting Lecture Program brings celebrated authors, journalists, historians, academics, and artists to campus and the Greater Hartford area. The series is part of the wide array of public programming that the University of Hartford offers, fulfilling an important responsibility to serve the larger community of which it is a part. 

The Annual Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Lecture series provides a forum for students, faculty, and staff to deepen their knowledge, increase awareness, and inform individual and institutional actions to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion at the University of Hartford and in our communities. 

This year-long DE&I series will:

  • Create intentional opportunities for distinguished speakers and University of Hartford faculty and scholars to engage.
  • Highlight distinguished speakers including scholars, thought leaders, and diversity professionals whose research, scholarship, leadership, and advocacy enhance the University’s goals to present diverse ideas and perspectives that foster on-going campus dialogue and understanding for inclusive engagement.
  • Inspire greater social consciousness and social justice.

Each Lecture will consist of pre- and post-activities, conversations, or readings for students while working in conjunction with the Office of Student Engagement and Inclusion, University of Hartford faculty, and Jill Engel-Hellman, Director of Residential Life.

Additional lectures will include:

February 11 - Health Equity and Communities of Color
March 25 - Policing, Campuses, and Communities of Color

Rosa Clemente

Karen Hobert Flynn

Senator Doug McCrory

Michelle Stockwell

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