Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Summit
The annual Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Summit provides a space for staff, faculty and student leaders to be in community and conversation on key DEI topics, the latest progress of TU's inaugural Diversity Strategic Plan and related institutional priorities, as well as concrete strategies, tools and resources for everyone to play a part in maintaining progress toward our shared goals.
A Model For Inclusive Excellence
As a three-time HEED Award-winning institution, TU continues to gain national prominence for the ongoing pursuit of inclusive excellence, which we ground in the premise that our ongoing success is dependent on our capacity to shift perspectives and approaches and strategically, intentionally place diversity, equity and inclusion at the core of our mission through academic programs and environment, leadership and mentoring, community engagement, day-to-day decision-making, interpersonal relationships, collaborations and organizational culture.
Who Should Attend
The summit is designed for campus and civic leaders, educators and administrators to deepen individual and organizational racial literacy. The following groups will find the summit particularly beneficial:
- TU staff, faculty and administrators
- Invited TU student leaders representing colleges, departments and organizations
- Staff and faculty from USM partner institutions
- other university and college staff
Rasul Wright '22 Fall Towson University
Keynote address on Advancing Equity in Education in the United States: The Student Perspective.Learn More
Following the keynote, a DEI panel will discuss discrimination in housing and employment and how they impact upward mobility and equity in education, paired with a discussion of how acknowledging social class is a crucial component of DEI progress.
Panel Members and Discussants
Demetria McCain, Esq
Principal Assistant Deputy Secretary, Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity, HUDLearn More
Alexei S. Kolesnikov, PhD
Professor, Director of the Applied Mathematics Lab, Director, Office of Undergraduate ResearchLearn More
Becky Martinez, EdD
Organizational Development Consultant and Author, Straddling Class in the AcademyLearn More
After lunch, OIIE and critical campus partners will present the university's progress toward creating a more diverse and inclusive campus.
The summit is a live, in-person event with no virtual access options. As we are planning for deep, meaningful discussion—we have opted not to record this session with the hopes that all participants will fully engage with us in a safe space and place.
|8:30 to 9 a.m.
|9 to 9:20 a.m.
|Vice President Patricia Bradley Welcome and Land Acknowledgement
|9:20 to 9:40 a.m.
|President Kim Schatzel Welcomes Attendees
|9:40 to 10 a.m.
|10 to 10:15 a.m.
|10:15 a.m. to 12 p.m.
|12 to 12:30 p.m.
|12:30 to 1:50 p.m.
|Session with Author, Becky Martinez and Tabletop Discussion
|1:50 to 2 p.m.
|2 to 2:10 p.m.
|Strategic Plan Discussion
|2:10 to 2:20 p.m.
|Student Affairs - Vernon Hurte, Senior Vice President for Student Affairs and University Life
|2:20 to 2:40 p.m.
|Academic Affairs - Iona Johnson, Assistant Provost for Diversity and Inclusion
|2:40 to 3 p.m.
|Office of Human Resources - Steve Jones, Vice President of Operations and Chief Human Resources Officer
|Vice President Patricia Bradley Closes Summit
|3 to 4 p.m.
|Network and Reception
When is the DEI Summit?
The summit takes place once per year, usually in the fall semester. The 2022 DEI Summit will be on Friday, Nov. 4, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where is the DEI Summit?
The summit will be held on campus in West Village Commons Ballrooms. West Village Commons is located on the west side of main campus.
Does it cost to register?
The DEI Summit is open to TU staff and faculty at no cost (pre-registration required). For USM partner institutions and all other interested participants the cost is $20 USD but space is limited and pre-registration is required. Registration details are forthcoming.
Where should I park on the day of the summit?
Parking will be available in the West Village Commons Garage behind West Village Commons, signs and parking attendants will guide you. Please visit Physical Accessibility for more information. If using public transportation, be sure to plan accordingly and allocate additional time to travel.
How do I get to the campus?
West Village Commons
424 Emerson Drive
Towson, MD 21204
From I-95 (northbound and southbound):
Take the Baltimore Beltway I-695 west (toward Towson). Take exit 25 South (Charles Street) and continue one mile. Turn left at the traffic light onto Towsontown Boulevard. Turn right at the traffic light onto Emerson Drive. The garage will be on your right.
From I-83 (northbound and southbound):
Take the Baltimore Beltway I-695 east (toward Towson). Take exit 25 South (Charles Street) and continue one mile. Turn left at the traffic light onto Towsontown Boulevard. Turn right at the traffic light onto Emerson Drive. The garage will be on your right.
From I-70 (eastbound):
Take the Baltimore Beltway I-695 north (toward Towson). Take exit 25 South (Charles Street) and continue one mile. Turn left at the traffic light onto Towsontown Boulevard. Turn right at the traffic light onto Emerson Drive. The garage will be on your right.
From Baltimore (Penn Station):
Proceed north on Charles Street for five miles. Turn right on Towsontown Boulevard. Turn right at the traffic light onto Emerson Drive. The garage will be on your right.
Are there accommodations at the summit for guests with special needs?
Every effort will be made to accommodate our guests with special needs. When registering for the summit, please indicate any special needs you may have. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at ADA AT_TOWSON.
Whom do I contact if I have questions or concerns?
Please contact us at OIIE AT_TOWSON or by calling us at 410-704-0203 for any questions or concerns regarding the summit.