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Registration for Blackboard Jungle Symposium (BBJ) 13 is now open! The Office of the Vice President for Human Resources, Diversity and Multicultural Affairs invites all UVM faculty and staff to register now for BBJ 13. BBJ 13 features four powerful keynote presentations and dozens of dynamic workshops and panel discussions designed to spark conversation and to inspire more inclusive practices.

Nationally recognized and highly regarded keynote speakers from the world of higher education, diversity, and social justice include the pre-symposium keynote speaker Dr. Dorceta Taylor, Professor of Environmental Sociology at the University of Michigan's School for Environment and Sustainability.  Dr. Taylor's address is sponsored as part of the Zelterman Lecture Series by the Honors College and Dan and Carole Burack President's Distinguished Lecture Series.  The opening symposium keynote address features New York Times Magazine award-winning journalist and lead writer for the New York Times' major multimedia initiative, The 1619 Project, Nikole Hannah-Jones. This is sponsored in part by the Dan and Carole Burack President's Distinguished Lecture Series.  Other keynote speakers are 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, co-founder of the Matthew Shepherd Foundation and advocate for LGBTQ rights. 

UVM students are strongly encouraged to attend both the Thursday Keynote featuring Nikole Hannah-Jones, and the Wednesday pre-symposium keynote featuring Dr. Dorceta Taylor.  

Online registration and detailed information about BBJ, including a list of workshops, panels, and keynotes, can all be found on the BBJ website at Register now and help us imagine a more inclusive community!