Please join us for our 8th annual Blackboard Jungle Symposium, Inclusive Excellence at UVM: Building Our Collective Capacities, on March 26 & 27, 2015. A provocative kickoff keynote presentation and panel discussion on Real Talk About the N-Word and Other Oppressive Language will be held on Thursday, March 26, 2015 from 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. in the Dudley H. Davis Center. This presentation will feature keynote speaker Dr. Emily Bernard and panelists Dr. Lokangaka Losambe, Dr. Sarah Turner and Dr. Maeve Eberhardt. This event is free and open to the public.

On Friday, March 27, 2015 there will be a full day of symposium panels and workshops that are designed to support UVM faculty, staff, and all others seeking to develop skills, knowledge, and a deeper understanding of diversity that supports excellence in teaching, service, and research. The symposium sessions are dedicated to learning how to work well with others, to effectively engage in cross-cultural contact, and to navigate the expanding dimensions of diversity in order to promote inclusive excellence.

Jennifer Finney Boylan, Anna Quindlen Writer in Residence at Barnard College of Columbia University and Co-chair of the GLAAD Board of Directors, will be the keynote breakfast speaker. Ian Haney López, John H. Boalt Professor of Law at the University of California- Berkeley and author of Dog Whistle Politics: How Coded Racial Appeals Have Reinvented Racism and Wrecked the Middle Class will be the luncheon keynote speaker.

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-Blackboard Jungle Committee