Hosted by: East Carolina University

Date: December 4, 2015

East Carolina University hosted the 2015 North Carolina Diversity and Inclusion Partners (NC DIP) conference, “Developing a Culture of Proactive Inclusion”. During the conference, participants explored the importance of proactive inclusion and present multiple strategies for continuing to build welcoming campus communities. Three concurrent sessions were also offered for participants to deeply engage with critical issues for diversity and inclusion in higher education: Reframing the Reasonable: Making Learning and Campus Resources Accessible for the Diverse Learners on Today’s College Campus; Best Practices for an Inclusive Culture to Embrace Sexual and Gender Diversity; Developing a Responsive Bias/Incident Reporting System on Campus.

Keynote: Dr Derald Wing Sue, Professor of Psychology and Education, Department of Counseling and Clinical Psychology, Teachers College, Columbia University

Derald Wing Sue can truly be described as a pioneer in the field of multicultural psychology, multicultural education, multicultural counseling and therapy, and the psychology of racism/antiracism. He has done extensive multicultural research and writing in psychology and education long before the academic community perceived it favorably, and his theories and concepts have paved the way for a generation of younger scholars interested in issues of minority mental health and multicultural psychology. Sue’s keynote “Building an Inclusive and Diverse Institution: Changing Programs, Policies and Practices” offered an understanding about the impact of hostile, negating and invalidating campus climates for marginalized communities on campuses. Sue demonstrated the use of a multidimensional model for developing cultural competence through genuine commitment, open supportive and responsive environments and careful monitoring of the goals of multiculturalism. additionally Sue also demonstrated the strategic use of a multicultural infusion strategy for access and success of marginalized populations.

Sue is the author of over 150 publications, 15 books, and numerous media productions. As recognition of his outstanding contributions, Sue has been the recipient of numerous awards from professional organizations, educational institutions, and community groups. Based on the responses to his critically acclaimed book OVERCOMING OUR RACISM: THE JOURNEY TO LIBERATION, 2003 (Jossey Bass Publishers), Sue and his research team at Teachers College to undertook a 6-year study on the causes, manifestations and impact of racial microaggressions. Their groundbreaking work resulted in a taxonomy of racial microaggressions that empowers People of Color by making “the invisible, visible,” by validating their experiential realities, and by providing them with a language to describe their experiences. Dr. Sue is currently broadening research on microaggressions to include religion, gender, disability, sexual orientation and other marginalized groups. His most recent book, MICROAGGRESSIONS IN EVERYDAY LIFE: RACE, GENDER AND SEXUAL ORIENTATION (John Wiley and Sons Publishers) is widely cited and referenced within diversity and inclusion literature. (Bio adapted from Psychology Today)