March 26-27, 2019

What is the Bucknell University Diversity Summit?

The Diversity Summit positions the entire campus community to come together in various ways to learn and to teach about diversity and inclusion issues that impact our campus, our local communities, and beyond. Each year the Diversity Summit focuses on a theme that allows for:

  • Broadening and deepening our campus community’s capacity for excellence and inclusion.
  • Enriching and engaged learning across all areas of the University.
  • Highlighting the expertise and valuing the lived experiences of Bucknell students, staff and faculty.

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What is the focus of the 2019 Diversity Summit?

National Origins is the theme of our fourth summit.

The theme provides opportunities for the campus community to develop and strengthen knowledge, skills and habits of mind necessary for meaningful, productive social justice work on campus and beyond. While national origins is prominent in this year’s theme, this focus does not require that other relationships of privilege and power be ignored. In fact, focusing solely on national origins is insufficient if our goal is positive change. We must simultaneously confront other forms of oppression, including racism, sexism, heterosexism, ableism, transphobia, among others, as well as work together to support all communities in challenging institutional and individual discrimination and oppression.

Summit Format/Tentative Schedule

Tuesday, March 26, 2019
5-6:30 p.m. Community Dinner, Larison Dining Hall
Hosted by students.
7:30-9 p.m. Keynote Speaker, Valeria Luiselli, Trout Auditorium.
Valeria Luiselli is the author of the book of essays, “Sidewalks”, and the internationally acclaimed novels “Faces in the Crowd”, “The Story of My Teeth” and the book “Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in 40 Questions”, which was described by the Texas Observer as “the First Must-Read Book of the Trump Era.” Her next novel,“Lost Children Archive”, will be published in February 2019.
Wednesday, March 27, 2019
9-10 a.m. Breakfast & discussion with Valeria Luiselli
9 a.m.-3 p.m. Various presentations, workshops and creative sessions
5-6:30 p.m. Dinner and President’s Diversity & Inclusion Awards/
Burma-Bucknell Bowl Award, Larison Dining Hall
7-9 p.m Art in Bars

Please check back later for more information.