A think tank of diversity practitioners

Upcoming Events

November 7, 8, 9, 2018

Next  Diversity  Collegium  meeting, location  in  process

First Come Think Together Day of 2018: Thursday, June 28, 2018

Mitigating the Assault on DEI: Bridging Conversations and Actions: Think Together Day, Hosted by Amazon,


  • DEI practitioners
  • Community leaders
  • Business professionals
  • Social justice advocates
  • DEI champions — from corporations to communities, from education to not-for-profit organizations — in the Puget Sound Region.

What we do today will determine our future. *Now* matters! In an increasingly polarized world we are facing real assaults on Diversity,
Equity and Inclusion.  We have a tremendous opportunity before us to unite rather than divide.

Dr. john a. powell puts it this way: “Some will insist that things have improved. And they have. Some will insist that things have gotten worse
and they have. The question we must ask is: How do things get better? And equally important: What is our role in creating a new story to ensure
things will?”

—jonn a. powell, Professor of African American Studies and Ethnic Studies,  Robert D. Hass Chancellor’s Chair in Equity and Inclusion, Hass
Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society

What if we could tell a new story that would capture all people’s imaginations—inspire their human needs for unity and opportunity?

Program for the Day: 

Keynote: Effenus Henderson —a well-known thought leader in Diversity and Inclusion—will kick-off the day with this provocative presentation:

The Assault on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Same Old Biases – New Tools

Effenus will challenge us, inspire us, provide us with concepts and vocabulary to help us think about what’s going on in the world in new and different ways.

Breakouts: Time to think together to explore issues and identify opportunities to drive positive change in our community and our world.

Solutions: Together we can generate innovative actions that attract more people to join in and become a part of something greater than themselves.

The Diversity Collegium seeks to enhance effectiveness as communities come together to innovate and create the new stories vital in a multicultural

Register here <http://bit.ly/June28ThinkTogether>

Seating is limited, please register early!

We are delighted to have several pioneers in the DEI field join us—they helped shape the field in the past and continue to influence the future:
Julie O’Mara, Robert Hayles, Kay Iwata,  and Steve Hanamura.

Follow-up resources: We plan to write up the results of our dynamic conversations and problem solving to share with all the attendees and the Puget Sound community. Watch for more details to come.

We look forward to seeing you on June 28!

The Diversity Collegium & Amazon

-Michael Wheeler, Collegium President

-Barbara Deane, Collegium Coordinator

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