Oct 2, 2008    #093
Contact: Wandra Brooks Green

Diversity, Access and Equity Lecture Series

The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) Division of Diversity, Access and Equity (DDAE) launches its 2008 Lecture Series, on Friday, Oct. 10 with the first of three lectures.

The goal of the series is to provide co-curricular programming that adds to the educational experiences of students, faculty, staff and community members.

“We encourage students to question ideas, think critically, engage in their communities and work towards a just society that includes everyone,” said Karen Dace, Ph.D., Deputy Chancellor of the DDAE. “We provide the opportunity for faculty and students to engage in a discussion that is challenging, academically rigorous and represents vital importance for the academic environments – debate, passionate discussions and academic freedom for all.”

Approximately 500 students participating in the program are assigned to read “Death of Innocents,” by Sister Helen Prejean, a death penalty opponent who will lead the book discussion at UMKC in October.

The DDAE Lecture Series is designed to add differing perspectives to national discussions that include race, class, gender, ethnicity and sexual orientation. According to Dace, it allows communities to engage in challenging discussions. It also provides opportunities to hear from scholars and national leaders on subjects often marginalized and yet key to attitudes and perceptions of self, others and community.

The Series includes:

African American/Latino Empowerment Summit for Men of Color: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m., Friday, Oct. 10, 2008, UMKC Pierson Auditorium, 5000 Holmes Road. Keynote speakers: Eddie Glaude, William S. Tod Professor of Religion and African American Studies at Princeton University, and Victor Saenz, Assistant Professor, The University of Texas-Austin. Attendance at the summit is free and parents and/or guardians are encouraged to attend. For registration and additional information, visit Reservations required.

Social Justice Lecture and Book Program: Sister Helen Prejean, 6 p.m.,Monday, Oct. 13, 2008, UMKC Pierson Auditorium, 5000 Holmes Road

Rosa Parks Lecture – Lani Guinier, J.D., Bennett Boskey Professor, Harvard Law School; 6 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2008, UMKC School of Law Courtroom.

All events are free and open to the public. For additional details, visit

The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), one of four University of Missouri campuses, is a public university serving more than 14,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. Celebrating 75 years, UMKC engages with the community and economy based on a four-part mission: life and health sciences; visual and performing arts; urban issues and education; and a vibrant learning and campus life experience.


This information is available to people with speech or hearing impairments by calling Relay Missouri at (800) 735-2966 (TT) or (800) 735-2466 (voice).


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