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The College of Education engages faculty and students with leading senior scholars in different fields of educational scholarship

Dean's Diversity Lecture Series

The College of Education provides rich opportunities for students, faculty, and staff to hear from internationally renowned scholars who address important issues of diversity. To broaden these efforts, the College sponsors the Dean's Diversity Lecture Series, which encourages ongoing introspection on timely issues of equity and diversity. These talks offer a space for productive dialogue about concerns such as perceived inequities, biases, and microaggressions that impact our campus community.

This academic year, the College has invited speakers whose expertise encompasses a unique set of topics. Speakers were chosen based on feedback from last year's attendees. The lectures provide action oriented strategies for concrete institutional change. Attendees walk away with new ideas on how to support each other as a campus community while also working towards healing in the face of injustice. Each of the distinguished scholars will deliver a lecture that is open to the campus community at the Illini Union. Also, there are a number of ways to access the lecture series via a video of each speaker's talk featured on this website, or a podcast interview of the speaker followed by a blog, which are made available by the Office of Community College Research and Leadership (OCCRL).

Upcoming Talks

Cynthia DillardApril 6
12:00-2:00 p.m.; 22 Education Building
Dr. Cynthia Dillard, University of Georgia

Listening to the Voices of Equity: Towards Diversity in Recruitment and Retention
Special lecture and panel discussion co-sponsored by the the College of Education Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Education Committee.  Lunch will be provided; please RSVP to

Structures of inequity are grand challenges to diversity in education today. Institutions must recognize that such challenges cannot be responded to in a light way or with a quick recruitment or retention program.  Instead, such challenges must be seen as complex and multilayered, requiring a different kind of inquiry and the development of sustained relationships to people and to cultural knowledge. This talk and panel discussion take up that critical stance, one that focuses on equity as a way to increase and sustain diversity within education and as a mandate for (re)search. Foregrounding equity in diversity work shifts the conversation towards addressing historical and contemporary inequities of opportunity through studying them, understanding them from multiple perspectives, and marshaling that knowledge as a transformative force for change. 

Kimberly ScottApril 30Noon-1 p.m.; Illini Union, Room 104Dr. Kimberly Scott of Arizona State University