The 2017 Diversity and Inclusion Conference, held on October 20, 2017 welcomed approximately 500 guests from the Johns Hopkins community. The conference offered workshops on topics ranging from neurodiversity to anti-racism education in community-based work.
The keynote talk for the conference was given by Yoruba Richen , an accomplished documentarian. Yoruba’s remarks shed light on intersections between race and sexual orientation and offered thoughts on how these two movements could increase impact through collaboration. Paula Neira, Clinical Program Director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Transgender Health, gave our morning plenary talk. Paula spoke to her experience in the United States Navy, culminating in her becoming the first transgender Navy veteran to have her discharge documents display her correct name.
the 2017 conference made strides to be more inclusive by adding All Gender restrooms, a mother’s room, vegan /kosher / halal food options, and information highlighting Homewood’s prayer and meditation room.