On Jan. 6, 2021, a violent protest occurred against the United States government at the United States Capitol building, in which then-Vice President Mike Pence and Senators were certifying the results of the November 2020 election in favor of now-President Joseph Biden. As the protestors—many of whom were armed—sought to stop the certification, the Capitol complex and congressional chambers were locked down, the complex was vandalized and many were injured. The day’s events also resulted in five deaths.
The Diversity Leadership Council, under the leadership of the Office for Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity, will present a panel discussion, student presentations and open dialogue around the events of Jan. 6.
The “An Imperfect Union: Reflections on the Insurrection, Race, and the Future of America, An Interdisciplinary Exploration” panel discussion will be held Thursday, May 6, from 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Robert L. Solomon, vice president of the Office for Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity, will moderate the event. The following individuals will participate in the discussion:
- Bryan Adamson, associate dean for diversity and inclusion and theDavid L. and Ann Brennan Professor of Law;
- Marc Buchner, associate professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Case School of Engineering;
- Heather E. Burton, senior director for faculty and institutional diversity in the Office for Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity;
- David Fleshler, vice provost for international affairs;
- Sonya D. Moore, director of the Nurse Anesthesia Program, assistant professor at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing and senior director for faculty and institutional diversity in the Office for Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity; and
- Melvin Smith, faculty director of Executive Education and professor of organizational behavior;
- Kristin A Williams, assistant dean for admissions and student affairs and director of diversity, equity and inclusion at School of Dental Medicine.
Student presentations—tied to such topics as business, engineering, law, theater and more—will be held Thursday, May 6, and Friday, May 7. View the presentation schedule.
The open dialogue portion of the event will be held Friday, May 7, from 12:45 to 2 p.m. All faculty, staff and students are invited to attend and contribute to the conversation. Register for the open dialogue.
This event, sponsored by the Office for Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity, Diversity Liaisons and Support of Undergraduate Research and Creative Endeavors, is free and open to the public.