Allen Holmes Diversity Symposium
The Allen Holmes Diversity Symposium is an institutional event, which occurs annually during the fall or spring semesters. Each year, the symposium has a different topic in relation to diversity and athletics that is relevant to current conversations, issues, or trends occurring locally and nationally. The symposium planning committee discussed potential keynote speakers who are experts on the topic to bring to campus and engage the audience in conversations they normally would not experience in or outside of the classroom.
Each year Weber State University hosts a two-day diversity conference around a different timely and compelling theme, bringing in national keynote speakers and regional and local presenters. This conference is free and open to the entire campus and community. The conference objectives and session goals are listed below.
- To showcase best practices, curriculum models, research, outreach strategies, training methods.
- To share success stories for implementing community-based or workplace-related diversity initiatives.
- To identify research needs and questions related to diversity and inclusion.
- To network and link resources to help integrate diversity into programs, policies, and accepted practices for creating community and workplace well-being.
- To create space for participants to examine their experience through reflective dialogue sessions.
- Research Related to Diversity (e.g., impact, measurement, research designs) Best practices, inclusive recruitment strategies, training research teams, research projects, program evaluations, etc.
- Dimensions of Diversity (e.g., religions, class, race, ability, LGBTQ) Unique experiences in negotiating intersectionalities, Reducing Stereotype Threat, exploring unacknowledged or under-acknowledged issues, multicultural training, etc.
- Creating an Inclusive University Community (e.g., classes, workplace, campus) Defining a "safe" workplace climate, differentiating tolerance versus acceptance, curriculum models, affinity groups, etc.
- Building Bridges beyond Campus (e.g., urban and rural communities, schools, businesses) Establishing mutual trust, collaborative initiatives, programs, or performances, consultation practices, community engagement, advocacy campaigns, etc.
Gospel Music Festival
WSU hosts a gospel music celebration event featuring campus performers and community Gospel choirs. This event is on hiatus in 2023. Check back for more information in 2024.
The United States Congress established the Days of Remembrance as our nation’s annual commemoration of the Holocaust, held in April of each year. The Center for Diversity and Unity is responsible for planning the Days of Remembrance, and for encouraging and sponsoring appropriate observances throughout the campus. Campus partners include the Assistant to the President for Diversity and the Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity. Each year the CDU follows the theme set out by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in an effort to provide a consistent message that we will not forget.
Intercultural Welcome Reception
The Intercultural Welcome Receptions is an institutional event, which occurs annually during the fall semester. The goal of this welcome is to provide students with resources that will assist them as underrepresented students during their time here at Weber State. This is a great opportunity to network, make friends and build alliances with other people who understand similar experiences. We encourage everyone to attend: students, staff, faculty, alumni and community members.
MLK Jr. Freedom Breakfast & March
The Diversity Board MLK Day of Service Chair participants in an annual breakfast presentation followed by a March to the Ogden Pavilion where a keynote speaker presents on a selected topic to inspire, encourage and educate our campus and community about the value and legacy of Dr. King’s speech. This partnership is with the NAACP Branch of Northern Utah, the Center for Diversity & Unity and the Marshall White Center. This event is free although donations are collected.
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