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College of Business and Economics to Host Diversity and Inclusion Summit Nov. 1

By: Brady W Moore   Published 3:35 pm / October 25, 2017

The College of Business and Economics at Boise State University will hold the third annual Diversity and Inclusion Summit on Nov. 1. This year’s summit will focus on the impact of inclusion in the Treasure Valley.

The welcome keynote, “Inclusion in the Media: Ways We Create It, Ways We Destroy It,” will be presented by Christopher Bell, director of graduate studies and associate professor of communications at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. In his presentation, Bell will delve into the role of media in both creating and destroying inclusive communities.

Bell’s keynote will be followed by the panel, “Financial Inclusion: the Social Impact of Banking and the Capital Markets.” The panel will explore the intersection between finance and social justice from two perspectives – first, do no harm, and second, have a positive impact. The panelists will discuss ways that banking and finance must ensure they do not negatively impact marginalized people and communities through intentional or unintentional strategies.

This will be followed by a second panel, “Workplace Inclusion: the Art and Science of Ensuring Employees Feel Welcome, Safe and Valued.” This panel will explore what inclusion looks like in the workplace from the perspective of local CEOs, diversity and inclusion leaders, and Boise State students.

The morning session will conclude with the closing keynote, “Inclusion is the Work” by Stacy Parson, co-founder and partner of The Dignitas Agency. In the closing remarks Parson will weave together the discussions on inclusion from the previous speakers and help attendees understand why inclusion is the most critical – and the most difficult – aspect of any diversity effort.

Following the closing keynote, the afternoon workshop, “Leadership Development – Understanding Implicit Bias and Navigating Micro-Aggressions” is designed to help position attendees to lead by moving from intention to action and eventually driving results.

The summit is sponsored by Boise State’s College of Business and Economics, Wells Fargo, the City of Boise, the Boise Valley Economic Partnership, the University of Idaho- Boise, Idaho Power, Micron Technology, Saint Alphonsus and Happy Family Brands.

Contact rbi@boisestate.edu for more information.