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Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion

Social Justice Colloquium

Social Justice Colloquium

“Till the day I die, I am going to make my body a bridge so somebody can run across it.”
Kweisi Mfume
Washington, D.C. - July 24, 2013

The first OIDI Social Justice Colloquium began in September 2013 and concluded in December 2013. The Social Justice Colloquium provides campus and external constituents an opportunity to engage in deep discussions about race, racism and privilege.

There are four Social Justice Colloquium teams. Each team has a maximum of 20 participants. The individual teams meet once in September, twice in October and once in November for 1.5 hours each session. The four teams meet for the first time as a collective group at the December luncheon.

Each group is assigned a Team Leader to facilitate deep discussion around the initial diversity and social justice reading. The remaining team reading discussions are facilitated by different group members each meeting.

One goal of the Social Justice Colloquium is to provide the WKU campus community with a transparent framework to engage in deep, interrogative discussions about race, power, privilege, diversity, inclusion and intersectionality.

A second goal is to use the “emerging themes” during the Social Justice Colloquium to leverage institutional transformational change which supports and sustains increased numbers of degree completion among under-represented students.

For more information, please contact Director Andrea Garr-Barnes at (270) 745-5066 or

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