Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Diversity & Leadership Virtual Conference

April 23-24, 2021
View Schedule | Participate Live via Zoom


Message from the President

Peter Matthews

The purpose of the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) programming we conducted over the 2020-2021 academic year was to create opportunities for students, faculty, staff, and community members to engage in positive dialogue on race, diversity, equity, and inclusion.

We are concluding our programming with the Diversity & Leadership Conference. This virtual conference will be the springboard to our 2021-2022 DEI events. We look forward to your participation and hope you take full advantage of this opportunity. Our best days are ahead, and we are stronger and better together.

Go Racers!

Dr. Bob Jackson, MSU President


The Diversity & Leadership Conference mission is to create opportunities for positive cross-racial dialogue, education and increased awareness of issues related to Leadership, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

Target Group:  Students, Faculty, Staff, Alumni & Community Leaders/Partners

 Schedule of Events

Friday, April 23, 2021

6:00 p.m.

Keynote Address

Dr. Juan GilbertDr. Juan Gilbert, The Banks Family Preeminence Endowed Professor and Department Chair of the Computer & Information Science & Engineering Department at the University of Florida

Saturday, April 24, 2021
10:00 a.m.

Opening Plenary Session

Jenell Walton Jenell Walton, Vice President for Content, Cincinnati Public Radio.


11:30 a.m.

Zoom Break/Lunch on your own

12:30 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions

1:45 p.m.

Zoom break

2:15 p.m.

Closing Plenary Session

Peter MatthewsPeter Matthews, Humanitarian, Social Entrepreneur & Pastor of McKinley United Methodist Church

Dayton, Ohio


Invited Speakers & Session Moderators

Dr. SG Carthell

Dr. SG Carthell

Executive Director, Multicultural Initiatives/Dr. Marvin D. Mills, Sr. Multicultural Center, Murray State University

Abigail Cox

Abigail Cox

Coordinator, Women's Center, Murray State University

Dr. Juan Gilbert

Dr. Juan Gilbert

The Banks Family Preeminence Endowed Professor

Computer & Information Science & Engineering Department Chair, University of Florida

Dr. Kelvin King

Dr. Kelvin King

Professor of English & Communication, Lawson State Community College

Author and Activist

Peter Matthews

Peter Matthews

Humanitarian & Social Entrepreneur

Pastor, McKinley United Methodist Church, Dayton, OH

Chip Murdock

Chip Murdock

Director, Diversity and Inclusion & Service and Civic Engagement, Wilmington College

Jenell Walton

Jenell Walton

Vice President for Content, Cincinnati Public Radio

Corrine Witherspoon

Corrine Witherspoon

Director, McClain Center for Diversity, Wittenberg University