Author Brenda J. Allen will headline three days of cross-campus workshops. The goal of the three days will be to discuss why “Difference Matters,” in institutions of higher education.
The full three-day event, “Difference Matters: A 3-Day Event Focused on Dialogues that Encourage Improving Higher Education in Impactful Ways for Everyone,” will include workshops and discussions with the conclusion of a keynote address. The event is being hosted by the Faculty Senate Diversity Committee and the Cultural and Ethnic Diversity Board.
Allen is the associate vice chancellor for diversity and inclusion at the University of Colorado. She also wrote the Book “Difference Matters: Communicating Social Identity” in 2011. In her book, she seeks to explore and discuss why difference matters in higher education. She will carry her idea from the book to her conference at Boise State.
Dora Ramirez-Dhoore, coordinator of the event, expressed her gratitude towards the event.
“Dr. Allen’s visit will show how we not only care about ‘difference’ in various ways, but how we can proactively coordinate our efforts as a campus community to support one another as we seek to engage practices and policies that reflect our commitment to a metropolitan university,” Ramirez-Dhoor said.
Allen will use her experiences as a teacher and published scholar to challenge policy and administration in higher education. Members of the Faculty Senate Diversity Committee hope to inspire dialogue and development for Boise State.
Ramirez-Dhoore explained how the workshops and address will work to educate students and staff.
“This event will revive a discussion around diversity goals and offer a variety of opportunities to discuss difference in relation to students, faculty, and staff,” Ramirez-Dhoore said.
All events are free though some require RSVP or invitation. Workshops are all full, but Ramirez-Dhoor encourages students and staff to attend the keynote address.
Allen’s keynote event will be on Wednesday Sept. 18 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the Student Union Hatch Ballroom. No registration is required for this event.