Diversity and Community Engagement

The University of Mississippi

Dialogues on Diversity

The University of Mississippi Dialogues on Diversity is a new initiative fostering institutional change through civil discourse. This semester, we’ve invited three dynamic and engaging speakers to lead dialogues on various topics relating to inclusion, intersectionality, identity, and leadership. Join us to learn new perspectives through community discourse. All events listed on this page will be in the Student Union Ballroom from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and are free and open to the public. For more information or disability accommodations, please contact us at diversity@olemiss.edu or (662) 915-2933.

Dialogues on Diversity poster with photos of dr. becky martinez, Payton Head, and Dr. Feranmi Okanlami, who are all guest speakers for the Dialogues on Diversity fall 2019 series.

 

“Engaging Inclusion through a Class Lens” with dr. becky martinez

Monday, September 9, 2019

Photo of dr. becky martinez's poster which details the time, date, location, and purpose of her keynote speaking event.

dr. becky martinez will provide a vivid understanding of how people can experience and straddle class in the middle, upper or even elitist class contexts of the academy. She will bring social class identity to the forefront of our consciousness, conversations and behaviors and compel those in the academy to recognize classism and reimagine higher education to welcome and support those from poor and working class backgrounds. dr. martinez’s dialogue is Monday, September 9, 2019 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom.

 

“Intentionally Intersectional Leadership” with Payton Head

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Photo of Payton Head's poster which details the time, date, location, and topic of his keynote speaking event.

Payton Head, a recent graduate of the University of Missouri where he represented 28,000 students as president of the student government, will discuss inclusive leadership strategies that focus on being intentionally intersectional in the representation of communities different from his own. Head also talks about his own experiences navigating white LGBTQ spaces as a black man and black liberation spaces as someone with a queer identity. Head’s dialogue is Thursday, September 19, 2019 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom.

 

“Disabusing Disability” with Dr. Feranmi Okanlami

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Photo of Dr. Feranmi Okanlami's poster which details the time, date, location, and purpose of his keynote speaking event.

Dr. Okanlami, a disabilities advocate and medical faculty member at the University of Michigan, tells his personal story of suffering from a spinal cord injury which paralyzed him from the chest down with some return of motor function after surgeries and rehabilitation. He strives to expand the definition of diversity in medicine and challenges people to acknowledge their own implicit biases. Dr. Okanlami also discusses the importance of accessible and inclusive health systems for patients and providers with disabilities, in efforts of “Disabusing Disability,” hoping to demonstrate that disability doesn’t mean inability. Dr. Okanlami’s dialogue is Tuesday, October 29, 2019 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom.