Each year Weber State University hosts a two day diversity conference around a different timely and compelling theme, bringing in national keynote speakers and regional and local presenters. This conference is free and open to the entire campus and community. The conference objectives and session goals are listed below.
- To showcase best practices, curriculum models, research, outreach strategies, training methods.
- To share success stories for implementing community-based or workplace related diversity initiatives.
- To identify research needs and questions related to diversity and inclusion.
- To network and link resources to help integrate diversity into programs, policies, and accepted practices for creating community and workplace well-being.
- To create space for participants to examine their experience through reflective dialogue sessions.
- Research Related to Diversity (e.g., impact, measurement, research designs) Best practices, inclusive recruitment strategies, training research teams, research projects, program evaluations, etc.
- Dimensions of Diversity (e.g., religions, class, race, ability, LGBTQ) Unique experiences in negotiating intersectionalities, Reducing Stereotype Threat, exploring unacknowledged or under-acknowledged issues, multicultural training, etc.
- Creating an Inclusive University Community (e.g., classes, workplace, campus) Defining a "safe" workplace climate, differentiating tolerance versus acceptance, curriculum models, affinity groups, etc.
- Building Bridges beyond Campus (e.g., urban and rural communities, schools, businesses) Establishing mutual trust, collaborative initiatives, programs, or performances, consultation practices, community engagement, advocacy campaigns, etc.
Each year, WSU hosts “Make A Joyful Noise!”a gospel music celebration event featuring campus performers and community Gospel choirs. This event is free and open to the public and has been in action for more than ten years!
The Diversity Board MLK Day of Service Chair participants in an annual breakfast presentation followed by a March to the Ogden Pavilion where a keynote speaker presents on a selected topic to inspire, encourage and educate our campus and community about the value and legacy of Dr. King’s speech. This partnership is with the NAACP Branch of Northern Utah, the Center for Diversity & Unity and the Marshall White Center. This event is free although donations are collected.
The United States Congress established the Days of Remembrance as our nation’s annual commemoration of the Holocaust, held in April of each year. The Center for Diversity and Unity is responsible for planning the Days of Remembrance, and for encouraging and sponsoring appropriate observances throughout the campus. Campus partners include the Assistant to the President for Diversity and the Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity. Each year the CDU follows the theme set out by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in an effort to provide a consistent message that we will not forget.