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.

2020 - 2021 Social Justice Virtual Lecture Series

Byron Hurt

Toxic Masculinity -- Byron Hurt

Tuesday, October 13, 2020 - Zoom @ 6pm

As an activist, Byron has served as a long-time gender violence prevention educator. The former Northeastern University football quarterback was also a founding member of the Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) program, the leading college-based rape and domestic violence prevention initiative for college and professional athletics. Because of his work, Hurt has lectured at hundreds of campuses, presented at numerous professional conferences, and trained thousands of young men and women on issues related to gender, race, sex, violence,  music, and visual media.

Stephanie Chrismon & Dr. Sasanehsaeh

The Solidarity Question: A Conversation Between Black & Indigenous Communities -- Stephanie Chrismon & Dr. Sasanehsaeh

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 - Zoom @ 6pm

Stephanie Chrismon, Afrofuturist Innovations, LLC, and Sasanehsaeh Pyawasay, Native American Student Success Coordinator for the University of Wisconsin System, will
explore the following question: Considering the unique relationship Indigenous and Black people have to colonization in the United States, why aren't we in solidarity with one

Justin Shaifer

STEM is DOPE -- Justin Shaifer

Tuesday, November 10, 2020 - Zoom@ 6pm

Justin’s goal “to be for STEM what ESPN is for sports” and to, inspire young people to “embrace their inner nerd despite their surroundings,” springs from his own life experience. Self-taught and fascinated by science, Justin founded Fascinate, Inc. a nonprofit that reaches out to underrepresented students to “Get Them Into STEM!” through culturally responsive STEM curriculum. Justin regularly speaks to the importance of STEM, STEM diversity and creating a pipeline of diverse STEM.

 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 Amy Howard at

2019-2020 Social Justice Lecture Series

2018-2019 Social Justice Lecture Series

2017-2018 Social Justice Lecture Series

2016-2017 Social Justice Lecture Series