Conference on Diversity and Inclusion

Engage in interactive workshop sessions, learn about diversity at Stonehill, and strengthen your commitment to activism and justice!

Conference Registration

The Conference on Diversity and Inclusion will be taking place on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 from 4pm to 8pm in the Martin Institute for Law & Society. All Stonehill College faculty, staff, and students are welcome and strongly encouraged to attend. Registration for the Conference will open in late August 2018! 

Conference Schedule

The schedule for the conference is designed to incorporate a combination of large-group presentations with an opportunity for smaller group dialogue breakout sessions. Below you will find a tentative schedule for this year's conference:

Time Event Location
4:00pm - 4:15pm Conference Registration Martin Institute, O'Hara Lobby
4:15pm - 4:30pm Conference Welcome & Overview Martin Institute, Auditorium
4:30pm - 5:00pm Conference Keynote Presentation Martin Institute, Auditorium
5:10pm - 6:10pm Breakout Sessions I Assorted Classrooms
6:15pm - 6:55pm Dialogue Dinner Martin Institute, Auditorium
7:00pm - 8:00pm Breakout Sessions II Assorted Classrooms
7:30pm - 8:00pm Closing Session & Raffle Martin Institute, Auditorium

Call for Program Proposals

We are now accepting program proposals for the 2017 Conference on Diversity and Inclusion. We are looking for Stonehill community members to offer presentations, workshops, lectures, or other interactive media to engage our participants through further development of knowledge, awareness, and skills on a wide array of topics surrounding diversity and inclusion. We encourage proposals that meet the learning goals of the conference and provide new, innovative perspectives on diversity and inclusion topics. Examples of possible session topic areas to submit for consideration may include, but are not limited to:

  • Inclusive educational practices to enhance classroom climate
  • Human resource and student personnel management and development
  • Student leadership development and training around intercultural competence
  • Civic engagement, social issues, and global citizenship
  • Ally development, cultural competence, and bystander intervention trainings
  • Cultural considerations for working with diverse populations
  • Popular culture and media representation with regards to diversity and identity
  • Diversifying the academic curriculum
  • Exploring the social justice philosophy behind our Catholic identity and mission
  • Intersections of social identities and social oppression

We are aiming to offer up to ten breakout sessions divided over two 60-minute time blocks (5 sessions per block) to take place in Martin Institute for Law & Society and the Shields Science Center, and we will notify all individuals who submitted a proposal whether or not their program has been accepted.

DEADLINE FOR PROGRAM PROPOSALS: Friday, September 28, 2018



PLEASE NOTE: If you submit a proposal for the conference, you must also register for the conference, even if you are only able to attend during the time of your presentation.

Focus & Structure

During the conference, participants and presenters facilitate constructive dialogue, interaction, and understanding around significant issues within/between students, faculty, and staff from different racial/ethnic groups, geographical regions, faith traditions, identities, and different types of teaching experiences.

The conference is designed to engage a diverse audience of participants that bring different levels of knowledge, styles of learning, and types of engagement needs. Some of the sessions are considered “introductory” sessions while others focus on higher‐level activism and justice work. We believe that it is important to travel the road together in this work, and the conference is driven by this philosophy.

Learning Goals

For this year’s conference, the overall “theme” relates to honoring our commitment to a diverse and inclusive Stonehill community. This commitment is informed by the overall climate of the College and also centers the College’s mission of seeing the inherent dignity of every person and encouraging community members to think, act, and lead with courage. With this in mind, we are encouraging attendees and presenters to consider the goals listed below.

At the end of the program, participants in the Conference on Diversity and Inclusion will be able to:

  • Identify key messaging regarding the commitment to diversity and inclusion at Stonehill College
  • Demonstrate awareness of key issues, trends, and inclusive practices across the Stonehill College community
  • Examine topics and issues that pertain to the overall climate for diversity and inclusion at the College
  • Develop at least two personal goals for continued learning and action around diversity and inclusion beyond the conference experience

Learning Guidelines

As attendees participate in dialogue through various components of the conference, we ask that they consider a set of general guidelines to help keep conversations robust and meaningful for everyone participating:

  • Listen actively to others.
  • Be OK with opposing viewpoints.
  • Seek to understand before being understood.
  • Do not assume that everyone knows what you know.
  • Speak from your own experience—use “I” statements.
  • Take care of yourself—mentally, physically, emotionally.
  • Respect confidentiality of individuals’ stories/experiences.
  • Balance your participation in group discussions.

About the Conference

The Conference on Diversity and Inclusion is an annual event that seeks to bring together students, faculty, staff, and community members to discuss diversity, equity, and inclusion at Stonehill College. The conference serves as venue for sharing programs, curriculum ideas, teaching practices, student experiences, and leadership development practices that strive to create a culture of belong at the College.

The conference seeks to fulfill the College’s mission of enriching Stonehill community members in ways that will encourage them to think, act, and lead with courage for the promotion of a socially justice, compassionate, and inclusive Stonehill community.

The Conference on Diversity and Inclusion is entering its ninth year at Stonehill College, and is featured as one of the signature programs offered through the Office of Intercultural Affairs.