Global Voices Symposium Aims to Strengthen Inclusivity at UD

As the University of Dayton’s landscape changes,  our conversations on how we create an inclusive campus for all faculty, staff and students grow as well. Leading these conversations, Dr. Julius Amin, Professor of History and the Alumni Chair in Humanities will host the annual Alumni Chair in Humanities Symposium. This year's theme, “Global Voices on the University of Dayton Campus” focuses on “using stories to educate, inform and contribute to the ongoing conversations to strengthen UD’s inclusive community.”

The symposium brings together faculty, staff and students from all parts of the world to tell stories and share experiences about the communities and places they were raised, in effort to promote intercultural engagement and learning. Featured programs include several panels, focusing on student experiences (both international students and study abroad experiences) and a roster of faculty and staff conversations centered on solutions and next steps in advancing UD’s internationalization efforts. Additionally, the symposium includes a dynamic keynote address by Ms. Imbolo Mbue, author of the novel Behold the Dreamers, an Oprah's Book Club pick and winner of the 2017 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction.

When asked what he hopes the symposium will achieve, Dr. Julius Amin shared, “it is the hope that the stories [shared] will help us to find commonality in the human experience, to identity those things which unite rather than divide, and will enable us to engage with one another to learn and be informed.”  The symposium encourages cross-cultural and cross-national engagements for our campus, and is free and open to the public.

For additional information, visit the symposium website.

Symposium Schedule:
Global Voices on Campus: Why Symposium Matters?
Panelists: Christopher Agnew, Una Cadegan, Timothy Kao, Haimanti Roy, JW Terry and Jia Yang
3:00 - 4:50 pm
Kennedy Union Torch Lounge

UD's International Community
Panelists: Amal Alrasheed, Yasir Fraish Al Busaidi, Youssef Farhat, Yanhui Hou and Blaise Mosengo
10:10 - 11:50 am
Sears Recital Hall, Jesse Philips Humanities Center

Globalization on UD's Campus
Panelists: Neomi DeAnda, Xiaoli Li, Sayeh Meisami, Jusuf Salih and Tiffany Taylor-Smith
12:15 - 2:00 pm
Kennedy Union Torch Lounge
Seating is limited.

Bringing the World to UD
Panelists: Alexis Bovell, Breann Porter, Mark Rasmussen, Allyson Ritter and Carlos Rodriguez
Former immersion and study abroad participants
3:oo - 4:50 pm
Kennedy Union West Ballroom

Keynote Address: Enhancing the Global Village on US College Campuses
To be delivered by Ms. Imbolo Mbue, author of the novel Behold the Dreamers, an Oprah's Book Club pick and winner of the 2017 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. Book signing immediately following keynote address. 
7:00 - 8:30 pm
Kennedy Union Ballroom


Solutions and Next Steps
Panelists: Malcolm Daniels, Karen McBride, Mary Niebler and Susan Wawrose
10:10 - 11:50 am
Kennedy Union Torch Lounge

Closing Remarks
12:00 - 1:00 pm
Kennedy Union West Ballroom
Seating is limited.

All events are free and open to the public. Seating is limited. Registration is required for the buffet lunches.
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