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Urban League of Northwest Indiana to Host Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Symposium May 17th

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Urban League of Northwest Indiana to Host Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Symposium May 17th (Valparaiso, IN) – The Urban League of Northwest Indiana will present its 2022 Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Symposium Tuesday, May 17, at Valparaiso University, Harre Union. The Symposium will begin at 9:00 am with an interactive session that includes high school students from throughout the region. Youth will take part in discussions that involve a variety of topics including “Critical Race Theory”, poverty inequity and anti-voting rights bills.

“We thought it was important to include the perspectives and reactions of our young people,” said Urban League of NWI President and CEO Dr. Vanessa Allen-McCloud. “They will add a lot of value to this dialogue and solutions on where we go from here.”

Following the opening sessions, separate workshops will be held for youth and adults as well as panel discussions during lunch.

“We want to pack as much information and discussions in the time we have as possible,” added Allen-McCloud. “The current climate in which we live requires us to tackle issues of diversity, equity and inclusion head on.”

Portions of the event will be broadcast live via the Urban League’s Facebook page.

Participating schools include the following:

  • West Side Leadership Academy
  • Highland High School
  • Calumet New Tech High School
  • Steel City Academy
  • Lighthouse Academies
  • East Chicago Central
  • Merrillville High School
  • New Vista High School
  • Andrean High School
  • Hanover High School
  • Chesterton High School
  • Valparaiso High School
  • Hobart High School
  • Morton High School

The Urban League of NWI will host its annual Diversity & Inclusion Awards October 19, 2022. Nomination applications are due August 19th. For more information about the symposium and awards ceremony, visit www.ulofnwi.org.

Urban League of Northwest Indiana to Host Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Symposium May 17th

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