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Blackboard Jungle 13 Symposium: Reimagining an Inclusive Community

Featuring 4 Dynamic Keynote Speakers and Dozens of New Workshops!


Four dynamic keynote speakers have been announced for the 13th annual Blackboard Jungle Symposium, scheduled for March 25, 26 & 27, 2020, and organized by the Office of the Vice President for Human Resources, Diversity and Multicultural Affairs. 

            This year, BBJ will offer dozens of new workshops and panel discussions that reimagine some of society’s most difficult issues on diversity and inclusion.  Each day will be anchored by powerful keynote presentations including the opening keynote event featuring New York Times Magazine award-winning journalist and lead writer for the New York Times' major multimedia initiative, The 1619 Project, Nikole Hannah-Jones. Other nationally-known and highly regarded key note speakers from the world of higher education, diversity, and social justice include Dr. Dorceta Taylor, Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the University of Michigan's School for Environment and Sustainability; Dr. Eddie S. Glaude Jr, award winning author of In a Shade of Blue: Pragmatism and the Politics of Black America, and Democracy in Black: How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul; and Judy Shepard, founder of the Matthew Shepherd Foundation named for her son who was the victim of murder motivated by anti-gay hate. 
            The Blackboard Jungle Symposium (BBJ) is designed for UVM faculty, staff, and all others wanting to participate in critical conversations, construct new and promising inclusive practices, and foster conversational spaces where diversity, equity, and the free exchange of ideas are welcomed, appreciated, and valued. UVM faculty and staff are encouraged to be a part of all three days of offerings, March 25, 26 and 27, 2020.  UVM students are invited to attend the opening keynote event featuring Hannah-Jones. 

For more information, including a list of speakers, workshops, dates, times, and how to register for BBJ, please visit