University of Hartford Hosts October Series Centering on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The University of Hartford and its Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is continuing to present a series of community events in October confronting the issues of segregation, and economic and social justice.

The series features a wide range of voices that includes both national and Connecticut-based leaders and experts. Most of the events are open to the public via Zoom.

The University of Hartford is committed to playing a key role in elevating issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion on campus and in our community. Our guest speakers, scholars, and activists help us engage in critical conversations and further our goal of a maintaining an inclusive campus environment.

Christine Grant, Executive Director of Diversity and Community Engagement

Event Schedule

The Two Connecticuts: Conversations about Race and Place (Housing)

Wednesday, Oct. 20, 7 p.m.

In Connecticut, exclusionary zoning is a major element of systemic racism. This session looks at the battle for affordable housing in the suburbs and for improved housing in cities. Learn more and register.

Panelists: Sarah Bronin of Desegregate CT; Karen DuBois-Walton president of the Elm City Communities/Housing Authority of the City of New Haven; and Jim Perras, CEO of the Home Builders & Remodelers Association of Connecticut.

Latinx Mental Health: Managing the Repercussions of the COVID-19 Pandemic

Thursday, Oct. 21, 12:30 p.m.

A panel of experts will discuss the impact of COVID-19 on Latinx/a/o mental health in higher education and community-based settings. Learn more and register for this virtual event.

Panelists: Noel Casiano, PsyD, LMFT, University of Hartford; Kirsis A. Dipre, MA, NCC, University of St. Joseph; and Jocelyn Flores, LCSW, Open Space Therapy.

Understanding the Context of Hate to Interrupt Everyday Bias: A Presentation About Antisemitism

Friday, Oct. 22, Noon (Open exclusively to the University of Hartford community.)

Participants will gain knowledge about white nationalism and other forces that drive antisemitism today. This learning opportunity explores antisemitism, its global reach, and expressions in hate speech, violence, Holocaust denial, everyday stereotypes, and biases. Learn more.

Facilitator: Vlad Khaykin, Anti-Defamation League.

Elevating Equity: A Pandemic Call to Action

Thursday, Oct. 28, 6:30 p.m.

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the many inequities that exist in society. Harvard University Professor Annette Gordon-Reed leads a talk about access to health care, unequal educational opportunities, and the disparate impacts of climate change. Learn more and register.

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