The Diversity Conference Series


Thank you to those who attended and supported our Oct. 1 Diversity Conference on Transformative Conversations: Forging a Path to an Inclusive Campus Culture. A video recording of the Q&A with MCC President  session is now available, in case you missed it.

Friday, October 1, 2021
8:45am – 4:00pm
Virtual Conference, hosted by Monroe Community College

About the Conference

Students in lounge area of campus

This conference invites you to more closely examine what makes a campus culture truly inclusive and to explore how to operationalize a commitment to equity and racial justice to better serve students.

MCC President Dr. DeAnna R. Burt-Nanna (she/her) will address issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion affecting higher education and share her vision for the college.

Equity coaches from New York University’s Center for Strategic Solutions will focus on ways to expand awareness of the existing inequities in our racial climate, including the impact of unconscious bias, and commit to dismantling injustice. They will also lead us through honest reflection and discovery in developing a critical consciousness to disrupt stereotyping and misconception. Featured speakers from the Center for Strategic Solutions, part of the Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools at New York University:

  • Cathleen Antoine-Abiala (she/her) leads numerous projects on culturally responsive education and fostering critical consciousness. She serves as an instructor in the Critically Conscious Educators Rising Series and as a lead coach for the Culturally Responsive Environments Attaining Transformative Equitable Solutions Program.
  • Nakeeba A. Wauchope (she/her) has expertise in providing training, coaching, support, and professional development in the areas of decoding racial literacy, critical consciousness, culturally responsive and sustaining education, implicit bias, civic engagement, and dismantling systems of inequity.

Facilitated breakout workshops will provide opportunities for personal reflection, discussion, and collaboration.

We hope you will join us in this important and essential exploration of how higher education institutions can become stronger champions for equity and racial justice on campus and in communities.


Registration for the conference has closed. The last day to register was Friday, September 24, 2021.