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UW-Madison to host annual 2-day diversity forum

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MADISON, Wis. — Registration is now open for the annual UW-Madison diversity forum, Rising Above and Reshaping our World in the Image of Justice, held on Nov. 2 and 3.

“We’re pleased to sustain the tradition of our annual diversity forum, this year in a hybrid form, by sharing with a broad virtual audience and renewing a limited setting of fellowship and networking,” said Dr. LaVar J. Charleston, Deputy Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion at UW-Madison.

The 2021 forum will feature a variety of sessions from educators, researchers and activists addressing topics including understanding the role of policing in the campus environment, transforming systems built on oppression to systems worthy of trust, how racism and health equity connect to community members’ sense of belonging and more.

Hosted by the Division of Diversity, Equity & Educational Achievement, the event is free and open to the public. The hybrid in-person and virtual conference will feature keynote addresses by Dr. Russell Jeung and Steven Canals, with both days streamed online.

Dr. Russell Jeung, professor of Asian American Studies at San Francisco State University and co-founder of the Stop AAPI Hate reporting center, will provide the keynote address on day one. Prof. Jeung’s keynote will discuss the nationwide trends in anti-Asian racism, their causes and their historic roots and will share how the Asian American community is resisting this racism and what gains they have made.

Steven Canals, screenwriter and producer best known for co-creating and executive-producing the FX television series “Pose,” will provide the keynote address on day two. “Pose” is a drama about Black and Latino dancers and models in New York’s underground drag ball culture in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s. The show features the largest recurring cast of LGBTQ actors ever for a scripted series. Canals received widespread acclaim for his work with the show, including from the Writers Guild of America, and received multiple Primetime Emmy Awards nominations.

Limited seating will be available on day one at Union South for UW-Madison students and employees who wish to attend in-person. The second day of the conference will only be available for online access.

The link to register for the forum can be found here:

More about the history of the forum can be found at