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2019 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Conference

Friday, Feb. 22, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The theme of the 14th College of Education Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Conference is "No Body and No Mind Left Behind: Disability Justice and Collective Intersectional Action." The conference is designed by and for students, faculty, staff, and community members to engage in dialogue and collaborative learning about the current multicultural and social justice issues of our times, and to build a more just and equitable environment within our college and community.

A keynote session on disability justice opens the conference, which is followed by simultaneous break-out sessions where conference attendees can deepen their learning about issues of disability. The conference ends with a keynote panel and dialogue with conference attendees.

Keynote Speaker: Sonya Renee Taylor

Sonya Renee Taylor

Sonya Renee Taylor is the founder and radical executive officer of The Body is Not An Apology, a digital media and education company with content reaching half a million people each month. Sonya’s work as an award-winning performance poet, activist, and transformational leader continues to have global reach. She was named one of the 12 Women Who Paved the Way for Body Positivity by Bustle Magazine and, in 2015, she was honored as a YBCA 100, an annual compilation of creative minds, makers, and pioneers who are asking the questions and making the provocations that will shape the future of American culture. She shared this honor alongside author Ta-Nehisi Coates, artist Kara Walker, filmmaker Ava Duvernay and many more. Sonya and her work have been seen, heard, and read on HBO, BET, MTV, TV One, NPR, PBS, CNN, Oxygen Network, The New York Times, New York Magazine,,, Huffington Post, Vogue Australia,, Ms. Magazine, and many more.

Please note: The College of Education encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. Call 706-542-8719 or email ( for information about architectural access and to arrange for sign language interpreters, assistive listening devices, large print, audio, or Braille. Requests for interpreter services should be made as early as possible, but must be made at least three (3) days prior to the actual activity.


Registration starts at 8:30 a.m.; sessions are 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.


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Athens, GA 30602