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Georgetown to Explore Multicultural Issues During Jesuit College Conference

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"The AJCU's conference on Multicultural Affairs is one of the oldest gatherings of its kind in the country, pre-dating larger national gatherings that focus on diversity on higher education,” says Dennis Williams, associate dean of students and director of Georgetown’s Center for Multicultural Equity & Access.

May 8, 2013 – Georgetown will host the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU) 2013 Conference on Multicultural Affairs (CMA) June 12-14.

Registration for the 2013 AJCU Conference on Multicultural Affairs at Georgetown closes on May 15. The conference cost for participants is $395. For more information, see the conference's registration page.

This year’s conference, themed “All the Things We Are: Advancing the Diversity Dialogue,” will examine issues facing student athletes of color, public policy affecting race and ethnicity in education and a variety of engaging programs and reflections.

The university is a founding member of the conference when it was established in 1981.

This will be Georgetown’s third time hosting the conference. It previously hosted the CMA in 2003 and an organizing conference in 1981.

"The AJCU's conference on Multicultural Affairs is one of the oldest gatherings of its kind in the country, pre-dating larger national gatherings that focus on diversity on higher education,” says Dennis Williams, associate dean of students and director of Georgetown’s Center for Multicultural Equity and Access. “And it remains an important touchstone for those of us engaged in this mission-critical work on Jesuit campuses, as it provides a unique opportunity to share and compare what we do and to mentor and inspire one another."

Planned sessions and speakers include:

  • A college athletics roundtable session with former Georgetown basketball head coach John Thompson Jr., and former Georgetown basketball player Jonathan Wallace.
  • A public affairs forum moderated by Michael Eric Dyson, university professor, with several Georgetown faculty members on the panel.
  • An interactive pre-conference workshop on intersections of identities led by Shiva Subbaraman, director of the LGBTQ Resource Center at Georgetown.

AJCU Conference  From left, Martin Y. Iguchi, dean of the School of Nursing & Health Studies; Sheryll Cashin, professor of law; and Dennis Williams, associate dean of students and director of Georgetown’s Center for Multicultural Equity and Access, are among the speakers at the 2013 AJCU Conference on Multicultural Affairs.

Also speaking at the conference will be Sheryll Cashin, professor of law; Martin Y. Iguchi, dean of the School of Nursing & Health Studies; and Rev. Jamie Washington, president and founder of the Washington Consulting Group.

Held annually at an AJCU member institution, the CMA brings staff and faculty together to examine the issues that students of color face at Jesuit colleges and universities.

According to the CMA website, the AJCU established the conference “to provide a forum for diversity/multicultural affairs professionals and students from Jesuit universities and colleges across the United States to share information relative to students of color.”

The conference’s goals are to ensure African-American, Asian, Hispanic and Native American students access to Jesuit higher education; provide awareness of issues faced by those students and develop strategies to solve those problems; promote multicultural participation in planning and policy formation within Jesuit institutions; and enhance the quality of the educational experience for all students at Jesuit institutions.

 

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