|For Black History Month, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at Elms College will host its inaugural Black Issues Summit from 1 to 4:15 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16, in the Alumnae Library Theater. The summit will bring national scholars specializing in a range of subjects to Elms for important dialogue with the college’s students, faculty, and staff, as well as the general public, about issues affecting the Black community. The event will feature a dynamic keynote address in addition to discussions, panels, and a conference debriefing session.
The event will feature the following speakers: Christopher Doucot, founder of the Hartford Catholic Worker, adjunct faculty at University of Hartford and Central Connecticut State University, and author of the new book, No Innocent Bystanders; Joseph Cooper, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut, who will discuss Collective Uplift, a movement he founded at the university to provide resources and workshops encouraging holistic development for minority student-athletes; Joliet, Ill., councilwoman Bettye Gavin, executive director of the Forest Park Community Center, founder of Quality of Life Task Force, and executive director of the National Hook-Up of Black Women Inc., who will speak about empowering Black women; and Algerian Hart, Ph.D., associate program coordinator of sport management at Western Illinois University, who will present a talk on inclusivity on higher-ed campuses.
It is free and open to the public, but advance registration is required. Visit www.elms.edu/summit for more information and to register.