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Social Differences Symposium Examines Belonging
The Honors program recently co-hosted the first annual Social Differences, Social Justice Symposium. Content experts explored themes of equity, social justice, and global transformation in this robust symposium hosted at Whitman.
Gisele Marcus ’89, Professor of Practice–Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at the Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis and a Syracuse University Trustee, delivered the keynote address, Belonging: Essential to Enhancing the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Equation. In her work, Marcus provides evidence that fostering a climate of belonging is not only the right thing to do, but critical to the success of an organization. Marcelle Haddix, past Honors core faculty and current Associate Provost for Strategic Initiatives and Distinguished Dean’s Professor of Literacy, Race, and Justice, Office of Academic Affairs, provided remarks which emphasized the importance of building a community where everyone understands that they belong. Panelists provided discourse on issues including African diasporic studies, and confronting carginalization and exclusion in the workplace, and democratizing Internet access. Syracuse University faculty from Newhouse, Falk, Whitman, Maxwell, iSchool, VPA, A&S and Melissa Yuen, Curator, Syracuse University Art Museum, presented abstracts examining their current research.