Due to unforeseen circumstances, this event has been canceled. If you are a registrant, your registration fee will be 100% refunded. If you are a scholarship applicant, your registration has been canceled. We appreciate your interest in diversity, equity and inclusion education and look forward to bringing you opportunities in the future. For questions, contact events@osucascades.edu.

DEI Symposium

Learn. Act.


May 14-15, 2021


Join us for a two-day virtual conference where academic and practical knowledge can lead to positive action in workplaces, communities and institutions.

Across the country, people are creating social change. It’s hard work. It takes courage and conviction, mentors and collaborators.

This conference is for community leaders, activists and allies, and anyone seeking knowledge, inspiration and welcoming networks, so they can be empowered to act, and help change our world.

Tamika Mallory

Tamika Mallory is a nationally recognized civil rights activist and seasoned community organizer. She was one of the leading organizers of the 2017 Women’s March and recognized that year as one of TIME’s 100 most influential people in the world. In the wake of the murder of George Floyd, Mallory inspired a generation, giving what has been called “the speech of a generation” in which she declared a “state of emergency” in the United States, urging change for the state of Black people.

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Michael Eric Dyson

A distinguished professor of African American and diaspora studies, and of ethics and society at Vanderbilt University, Michael Dyson is a thought leader on race, religion and contemporary culture. He is the author or editor of more than 20 books on subjects ranging from Malcolm X to Tupac Shakur. He received an American Book Award for “Come Hell or High Water: Hurricane Katrina and the Color of Disaster” and three NAACP Image Awards. Dyson is a contributing opinion writer at the New York Times, an MSNBC political analyst and a contributing editor at New Republic. He is an ordained Baptist minister.

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