Center for Diversity and Inclusion

Social Justice Lecture Series

The Social Justice Lecture Series, launched by the Center for Diversity and Inclusion in 2012, introduces a broad range of topics to the campus community. Guest lecturers present topics that encourage critical thinking, provoke healthy debate, and challenge assumptions.

2018-2019 Social Justice Lecture Series

A Sample of Past Lectures


March 2013

“Black and Gay in America” by Keith Boykin, JD, Broadcaster, author and commentator; former White House aide to President Bill Clinton

September 2014

Arun Gandhi, a world-renowned peace activist and grandson of Indian spiritual leader Mahatma Gandhi, will share memories of his grandfather and his own perspective on justice

January 2015

”Exploring the Complexity of Hip-Hop Culture: Implications for Understanding the Experiences of Black Males in Schools and Society” by Dr. Daymond Glenn, Vice President for Community Life and Chief Diversity Officer at Warner Pacific College in Portland, Oregon.

October 2016

“Castro's Daughter: An Exile's Memoir of Cuba” by Alina Fernandez,

March 2017

Internationally-known teacher, lecturer, diversity trainer and author of the famous “Brown Eyes/Blue Eyes Experiment.” Jane Elliot

CDI works to engage faculty, Staff, and community members in conversations about social justice, not only as audience participants but also as collaborators helping to frame the topics for discussion. Faculty, staff, and community members are invited to submit suggestions for potential Social Justice Lecture Series guest speakers.

Recommendations can be submitted to Kellie Raffaelli at kraffael@mtu.edu

2016-2017 Social Justice Lecture Series

2017-2018 Social Justice Lecture Series