April 17, 2024

Since 2015, members of the Washington University community have dedicated a day in the spring semesters to pause, convene, and engage across roles and campus locations.

The event is presented by WashU’s strategic plan, Here and Next and features in-person experiences from research presentations, active dialogue, and more. The 2024 program is framed in the pillars of People, Research and Community.

Registration for in-person attendance is now closed. Click the link below to join virtually on Wednesday, April 17, 2024 at 9 a.m.

2024 Day of Dialogue and Action Program

Wednesday, April 17, 2024
8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Emerson Auditorium and Frick Forum, Knight/Bauer Hall at Washington University in St. Louis (also available virtually)

8:30 – 9 a.m.  | Check In

Coffee, tea, and water will be provided to in-person participants.

9:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. | Dialogue and Presentations

This year’s presentation is framed in the pillars of Here and Next: People, Research and Community. Dr. Aurora Kamimura, Assistant Provost for Inclusive Excellence, Lecturer in Education is serving as this year’s program emcee.

9 a.m. Welcome and History from the Buder Center
Dr. Pamela L. Begay, Associate Professor of Practice, Director for the Buder Center for American Indian Studies

9:20 a.m. Facilitated Dialogue
Dr. Jacob Chacko, Executive Director of the Center for Diversity & Inclusion and Director of Dialogue Across Difference
Mari Torres, Training and Curriculum Specialist for Dialogue Across Difference (DXD)

10 a.m. Remarks from Chancellor Martin

10:05 a.m. Research Presentation
Dr. Bettina Drake, Professor of Surgery at Washington University School of Medicine in the Division of Public Health Sciences and Associate Director of Community Outreach and Engagement at Siteman Cancer Center.

10:35 a.m. Facilitated Dialogue
Dr. Mary McKay, Vice Provost of Interdisciplinary Initiatives
Education and Engagement Department, Office of Institutional Equity

11:05 a.m. Break

11:15 a.m. Dialogue on Age Inclusivity
Dr. Nancy Morrow-Howell, Co-Director, Harvey A. Friedman Center for Aging,  Bettie Bofinger Brown Distinguished Professor of Social Policy, Brown School
Dr. Brian Carpenter, Co-Director, Harvey A. Friedman Center for Aging, Professor of Psychology & Brain Sciences

11:45 a.m. Moving from Dialogue to Action
Janelle Turner, Director of Supplier Diversity
Cassie Hage, Assistant Director of the Office of Sustainability

12:15 – 1:30 p.m. | Taste of St. Louis Lunch

In person attendees will have the opportunity to meet and connect with local and diverse-owned vendors and try an array of food and drink stations.

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