Multicultural Summit to Encourage Open Dialogue
February 24, 2011
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – The Illinois Wesleyan University Office of Multicultural Student
Affairs will host the 2nd annual Multicultural Summit on Wednesday, March 2 from 7
to 8:30 p.m. in the Hansen Student Center (300 Beecher St., Bloomington). This lecture
and panel discussion will meditate on the question: Are we beyond race?
“In my opinion, racism is something that we have to be conscious of. If we’re not
actively thinking about it and trying to overcome it, then we are going to fall victim
to it,” said Director of Multicultural Affairs Roshaunda Ross.
Ross hopes the Multicultural Summit will be a forum for people from different cultural
backgrounds to come together and have an open conversation about race. “If we declare
America ‘post-racial’, then it gives people the green light to stop talking about
it and that stops progress,” she said.
Author Bryant K. Smith, who moderated the first Summit, will be the featured speaker
at this year’s conference. Smith has lectured throughout the country on the topics
of diversity and social justice. “He is one of the most engaging speakers,” said
Ross, “He is able to speak on the college student’s level and he always makes you
A panel of students, faculty and staff will share their own experiences through a
Q & A session after the lecture. The group includes representatives from the Black
Student Union, the Spanish and Latin Student Association, the Asian Pacific Student
Association and the Encouraging Diversity program.
Contact: Hannah Griffin ’12, (309) 556-3181