2020– Black Lives Matter: A Community Calling

USU’s third annual Inclusive Excellence Symposium follows the tradition of promoting diversity, inclusion, and respect in the USU community by offering education, research, and training for understanding the experiences of underrepresented groups.

By focusing on “Black Lives Matter: A Community Calling” as the theme for 2020’s symposium, we’re building a foundation for our campus community to understand and counteract racism that affects marginalized communities.

This theme is not a declaration that only Black lives matter. It is, however, a recognition that issues of equality, economic security and physical safety for members of our Black community persist today and must be a part of our nation’s civil dialogue.


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Monday, October 26th
12:00 PM

Voices and Visions of Black Lives That Mattered

Marisela Martinez-Cola, Utah State University

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Tuesday, October 27th
12:00 PM

On the Issue of Mattering: Black Lives and the Changing Landscape of Resistance

Brandon Manning, Texas Christian University

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Wednesday, October 28th
12:00 PM

Black Experiences as Described in Art or Pop Culture

Michael Ray Charles, University of Houston

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Thursday, October 29th
12:00 PM

Involved to Evolve: Student Voices on Campus Climate and Sense of Belonging

Jamal-Jared Alexander, Utah State University
Amand Hardiman, Utah State University
Jessica Chatman, Utah State University
Theresa Botchway, Utah State University
Kirk Napoleon, Utah State University

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Friday, October 30th
12:00 PM

A Journey on Allyship

Lesther A. Papa, University of California, San Francisco

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM