The Diversity Leadership Council began hosting the Diversity Leadership Conference in 2004, the annual event brings together a cross-section of Johns Hopkins faculty, staff, students and community partners to share best practices, discuss emerging issues, and examine promising research around diversity & inclusion to put them into practice in our professional and academic pursuits.
The conference provides a platform for the Johns Hopkins community to explore and highlight the intersections between the many facets of our work and diversity & inclusion, fostering collaboration and partnership. Past conferences have attracted an audience of approximately 500 attendees, participating in workshops on topics ranging from educational pathways for undocumented students to navigating multigenerational workplaces and beyond.
The 2021 Diversity and Inclusion Conference: Awakening to Action was held on October 21 and October 22, 2021. In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic magnified existing societal inequities across marginalized groups; an increased awareness of targeted violence galvanized communities around social justice; and legislation aimed at restricting well-earned civil rights demonstrated that the struggle for equal rights continues. The theme of the 2021 DLC Conference, Awakening to Action, represents a call to action for the presenters and attendees to transform the momentum of 2020 into sustained action.
Participants explored a range of subjects at this year’s 2-day virtual conference with topics ranging from developing alumni groups around identity to the first amendment and inclusion on campus.