Missouri State University will host the fifth annual Collaborative Diversity Conference April 19-21. This year’s theme is “Practice What You Preach in Diversity and Inclusion.”
For the first time ever, the conference will feature a business track, which highlights the initiatives of businesses and corporate communities, as well as public entities. The workshops and presentations in this track will showcase the value in diversity and inclusion and how it benefits the business sectors.
There will also be tracks focusing on partnerships in higher education, with public entities and even non-profit corporate sectors.
Being about the business of diversity
“Based on the theme, we want to do more than talk about diversity; we want to be about it,” said Wes Pratt, MSU chief diversity officer and assistant to the president. “We hope to showcase some of the things that are being developed and implemented in diversity and inclusion at MSU, in the local community, statewide and even nationally so folks can replicate them.”
Page’s expertise is on the value of diversity in complex organizations. His research focuses on complex systems and diversity in social systems.
The keynote is free and open to the public at 7 p.m April 20 in the Plaster Student Union West Ballroom. Though it does not require conference registration, registrants will receive priority seating for the keynote presentation.
Early registration fee is $185 and ends March 26. After that, the fee is $200.
The Collaborative Diversity Conference is an extension of Missouri State’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. As part of the university’s public affairs mission, this conference helps develop engaged, culturally competent students and citizens, as well as the value of diverse learning environments and workplaces.