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21 Annual Diversity Conference

Equal Justice Under the Law? Stories of Race, Class, Gender & Status

This year's theme focuses on the criminal justice system through the lenses of oppressed populations. The conference is intended to explore the injustices that many populations face and what these impacts have on our own surrounding communities. Inspired by the book Just Mercy, conference organizers encourage participants to examine their own biases about the criminal justice system by attending.

Free and open to the public

* We are currently looking for volunteers!
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Thursday, Oct. 3: Opening Night at WSU Davis

WSU Davis, D3 Ballrooms | map | directions | parking (FREE after 5 p.m.)

  • 5:30 p.m. - Social with Refreshments
  • 6 p.m. - Keynote from Judge Michelle Heward
  • 6:25 p.m. - Panel Discussion Youth Court Staff and Students
  • 7:45 p.m. - Video Teaser Remarks from Conference Keynote, Benjamin Jealous
  • 7:55 p.m. - Wrap-up & Invitation to Friday Conference

WSU Davis Opening Night Event


Judge Michelle E. Heward was appointed to the Second District Juvenile Court by Gov. Gary R. Herbert in September 2010. She serves Davis, Morgan, and Weber counties. Judge Heward graduated from the University of Utah with a Juris Doctorate in 1987 and from Weber State University with a Bachelor of Arts in 1982. Prior to her current appointment, she worked for 15 years as a full professor at Weber State, teaching criminal justice in both the undergraduate and graduate programs. She also served as a Justice Court judge in Riverdale for five years as well as South Ogden. From 1990 to 1995, Judge Heward was a Deputy Weber County Attorney with primary assignment in Juvenile Court. She worked in private practice prior to that position. She currently serves on the Board of Juvenile Court Judges, Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee, and runs a Dependency Drug Court. She has served on various local, university, state, and national board and committees. Her areas of research and publications are in problem solving courts, juvenile courts, evidence, and constitutional law.


Friday, Oct. 4: WSU Ogden

Shepherd Union | map | directions & parking (purchase one day pass at info kiosks for $3)

  • 8:30 a.m. - Conference Showcase in Atrium
  • 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m., & 11:30 a.m. - Conference Workshops
  • 12:30 p.m. - Keynote Speaker in Ballroom B & C: Benjamin Jealous
  • 1:30 p.m. - Free lunch and discussion in Ballroom A RSVP for Lunch

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Benjamin JealousRenowned activist, civil rights leader, community organizer and 2018 Maryland gubernatorial candidate Benjamin Jealous outlines what it will take to secure true equality for all Americans and to empower the next generation to lead toward a better future.

Jealous is a Partner at Kapor Capital, where he invests in high-growth companies that have a positive social impact. He formerly served as the youngest-ever President and CEO of the National NAACP. Jealous has been a leader of successful state and local movements to ban the death penalty, outlaw racial profiling, defend voting rights, secure marriage equality, and free multiple wrongfully incarcerated people. Under his leadership, the NAACP grew to be the largest civil rights organization online and on mobile, experienced its first multi-year membership growth in 20 years, and became the largest community-based nonpartisan voter registration operation in the country. A builder of robust coalitions, Jealous' leadership at the NAACP included bringing environmentalist organizations into the fight to protect voting rights, and convincing well-known conservatives to join the NAACP in challenging mass incarceration.



Workshops are open to everyone. Just show up!

Session SU 316 SU 312 SU 321


9:30 a.m.

Juvenile Justice Issues The Effects of Punitive Attitudes on Support for the Police Utah Prison Education Project


10:30 a.m.

Constructing the Dangerous Queer Child How neutral are race-neutral policies, practices, and laws? Universal Declaration of Human Rights: (UDHR)A Tool for Global Justice or an Ideal Whose Time Has Passed


11:30 a.m.

Social Justice in the Courtroom and the Medical Setting: Interpretation and Translation Roles and Challenges Socially Responsible Pedagogy: Critical Information Literacy and Art Human Trafficking: Latest Trends and Best Practices



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Weber State University, in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, ensure equal access to all university functions, activities, and programs for individuals with disabilities. Please contact Andrea Hernández at at least one week prior to this event to request accommodations in relation to a disability.

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