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VIDEO: Anger or Inclusion: The Connections between Race, Democracy and Economic Inequality  by Ian Haney López,  University of California - Berkley

VIDEO: A Sense of Belonging by Terrell Strayhorn, Ohio State


2017 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Conference
Leveraging Diversity: Creating a Community of Belonging

Staff, Faculty and Community Member Conference
Wednesday, April 5, 2017  |  7:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Oakland Center, Banquet Rooms
Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided.
Free and open to all OU Faculty and Staff

Deadline to register for this event is Monday, March 27. 

Organizations interested in sponsoring this year's conference, can contact Dayna Neef or call (248) 364-6156 for more information.

Terrell Strayhorn

Terrell StrayhornA Sense of Belonging
Presented by Terrell Strayhorn
Ohio State

8:45 a.m.

Terrell Strayhorn is a nationally recognized motivational lecturer, author and provocateur. He has penned 8 books and more than 100 journal articles and reports including the book College Students’ Sense of Belonging. Strayhorn was named one of the most highly visible scholars in his field by the Journal of Blacks in Higher Education.

For his research, he was named one of the top 12 diversity scholars in the country by Diverse Issues in Higher Education. A highly-prolific scholar, Stryhorn earned tenure in just three years and has secured more than $2.5 million in external grants. He directs a major research center at The Ohio State University.

Ian Haney López

Ian Haney LopezAnger or Inclusion: The Connections between Race, Democracy and Economic Inequality
by Ian Haney López
University of California - Berkley

1:30 p.m.

In this lecture Professor Ian Haney López explores the fundamental connections between the two central paradoxes of American politics today: the striking connection between race and party affiliation, and broad support for policies that demonstrably hurt the 99 percent. Rejecting any simple story of malevolent and obvious racism, Haney López puts the use of race in the 2016 presidential campaign into a larger historical context, and asks where we go from here.

López is the John H. Boalt Professor of Law at the University of California, Berkeley, where he teaches in the areas of race and constitutional law. One of the nation’s leading thinkers on racism’s evolution in the United States since the civil rights era, Ian’s current research emphasizes the connection between racial divisions and growing wealth inequality in the United States.

His most recent book, Dog Whistle Politics: How Coded Racial Appeals Have Reinvented Racism and Wrecked the Middle Class, lays bare how over the last fifty years politicians have exploited racial pandering to convince many voters to support policies that ultimately favor the very wealthiest while hurting everyone else.

Ian is also the author of White by Law as well as Racism on Trial, books that explore the legal construction of race. A constitutional law scholar, he has written extensively on how once-promising legal responses to racism have been turned into restrictions on efforts to promote integration. He has been a visiting law professor at Yale, New York University, and Harvard, where he served as the Ralph E. Shikes Visiting Fellow in Civil Rights and Civil Liberties.

He holds a master’s in history from Washington University, a master’s in public policy from Princeton, and a law degree from Harvard, and is a past recipient of an Alphonse Fletcher Fellowship, awarded to scholars whose work furthers the integration goals of Brown v. Board of Education. He currently serves as a Senior Fellow at Demos, a public policy organization.



Roundtable discussions will explore the topics of:

Generations - Bridging the Gap
Race and Ethnicity
Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) - LGBTQIA


7:30 a.m.

8:30 a.m.

8:45 a.m.
Sense of Belonging
Terrell Strayhorn, Ohio State

10:30 a.m.


1:15 p.m.
Anger or Inclusion: The Connections between Race, Democracy and Economic Inequality
Ian Haney López, University of California - Berkley

2:30 p.m.
Monica E. Emerson Award and Timothy Larrabee Award presentations