University of Vermont

Human Resource Services and Operations

Save the Date for the Blackboard Jungle 9 Symposium

March 31 & April 1, 2016


Please join the Office of the Vice President for Human Resources, Diversity and Multicultural Affairs for the 9th annual Blackboard Jungle Symposium, Intercultural Dialogues: The Power of Open Spaces, on March 31 & April 1, 2016. A keynote presentation and panel discussion, “Faith, Phobia and Violence”, will be held on Thursday, March 31, 2016 from 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. in the Dudley H. Davis Center. This event is free and open to the public.

On Friday, April 1, 2016 there will be a full day of symposium panels and workshops that are designed to support UVM faculty, staff, and all others seeking to develop skills, knowledge, and a deeper understanding of diversity that supports excellence in teaching, service, and research. The symposium sessions are dedicated to creating “open spaces” where all members of our community can participate in authentic dialogue, valued reflection, and expanded learning to promote inclusive excellence for all.

Dr. Beverly Guy-Sheftall, Anna Julia Cooper Professor of Women’s Studies at Spelman College and founder and director of the Women’s Research and Resource Center, will be the keynote breakfast speaker. Dr. Damon Tweedy, author of Black Man in a White Coat and assistant professor of psychiatry at Duke University Medical Center, will be the luncheon keynote speaker.
More information will be coming soon on the website.