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Forester News

Diversity and Inclusion Summit

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The third annual Diversity and Inclusion Summit will take place on Saturday, January 25, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Mohr Student Center.  Programming will focus on inter-group dialogue and restorative justice. 

Faculty, staff, students, and alumni are all welcome to attend. Please RSVP here.

  • What do you do when you realize you hurt somebody and didn't mean to?

  • Have you ever heard a biased or racist statement and ignored it?

  • How could you make campus feel more inclusive?

  • What is the most welcoming space on campus?

  • Women at Lake Forest College are more likely to report feeling physically unsafe. Why?

  • How often do you feel obligated to be in a space unwelcoming to you on campus?

  • What is the most anxiety-producing public space on campus?

  • People of color at Lake Forest College are more likely to report feeling unwelcome. Why?

  • How many of your friends experience the Lake Forest College campus the way you do?

A message from the Planning Committee

We welcome you today to the third Diversity and Inclusion Summit at Lake Forest College. We are proud that this year’s Summit includes our whole community—students, faculty, and staff. This is also the first year that the Summit takes place during the semester, serving as the culmination of a week of social justice programming celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

The Summit has never felt more relevant than this year, when student activism brought the College community’s attention to injustices and the need for change on campus. From the student protests and faculty-student conversations in the spring, to the caucuses led by the Intercultural Advisory Group this fall, to the two evening community forums in November, the campus has witnessed the power inherent in the simple act of listening to each other’s experiences. It was impossible not to be moved by the stories recounted at these various forums—of sexual assault, of racism, of religious prejudice, of homophobia and transphobia, of anti-immigrant invective. If certain of us were unaware of these traumas that our students have suffered, we are unaware no longer…and with that knowledge comes the imperative to act. Many changes have been made in recent months, but there is more to do. Inclusivity is not a line that we cross and then consider our work done. Rather, it involves an ongoing process of reflection and appropriate action, as we continue to strive to make this campus the most welcoming place possible.

To that end, we come together today in the spirit of listening, empathy, and action, for a program focused on intergroup dialogue and restorative justice. It is our hope that our invited speakers—all of whom have deep experience of these issues at small liberal arts colleges—will encourage us to take a clear-eyed look at the work to be done on our campus, help us to plan our path forward, and leave us with some of the tools needed to implement those efforts.

We are excited for the day and for the work ahead. Thank you for joining us!


The Diversity and Inclusion Summit 2020 Planning Committee
Claudia Ramirez Islas and Anna Trumbore Jones (co-chairs)
Erin Hoffman Esther Kim Anne Thomason
Linda Horwitz André Meeks Karl Turnlund
Taylor Jackson Zahra Nadeem RL Watson
  Holly Swyers  

Schedule of Events

8:30 a.m.

Welcome and Continental Breakfast

9 a.m.–noon

Intergroup Dialogue Workshop

Led by Professor Catherine Denial and Professor Gabrielle Raley, Knox College (with student facilitators)

Noon–1 p.m.


1–2 p.m.

Student Panel—Experiences at Lake Forest College

Led by Lake Forest College students

2–2:30 p.m.

Coffee break

2:30–4:30 p.m.

Restorative Justice in an Educational Setting

Led by Laird Walker ’09, MSW

4:30–5 p.m.

Wrap up, reflection, and next steps

Facilitator Biographies

Oluwafeyisayo (Feyi) Adeyinka-Oni 

Oluwafeyisayo (Feyi) Adeyinka-Oni (she/her/hers) is an Economics and Data Science double major at Lake Forest College, with a minor in Chinese. She comes from Lagos, Nigeria. 

Catherine Denial 

Catherine Denial is the Bright Distinguished Professor of American History and Chair of the History department at Knox College in Illinois. Cate’s research focuses on competing visions of motherhood among Ojibwe and American communities in early nineteenth-century Fond du Lac (now Duluth, Minnesota). A co-founder and co-director of the Social Justice Dialogues program, Cate has facilitated Dialogues for more than five years. 

Tebatso (Teba) Duba 

Tebatso (Teba) Duba is a sophomore Psychology and Philosophy major at Lake Forest College. She is part of the Women’s Tennis team and a VP of the Athletic Council, as well as a member of Umoja. So far, she’s digging LFC! 

Jasmine Frison 

Jasmine Frison is a Creative Writing and Africana Studies major at Knox College who loves to talk. She completed the Social Justice Dialogues facilitator training course in spring 2018, and will be co-facilitating her first Dialogue class this winter term 

Kylie Hoang 

Kylie Hoang is a senior History major at Knox College and a veteran of several Social Justice Dialogue courses. A museum intern and curator for the past two summers, Kylie is presently working on an honors thesis about decolonizing museums. She plays Ultimate Frisbee, and likes collecting postcards. Kylie will be co-facilitating her second Dialogue course this winter term.  

Jordan Hurst 

Jordan Hurst is an Animal Caretaker at Chicago Canine Rescue. She has a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Theatre from Knox College, where she facilitated three Social Justice Dialogue courses. She hopes to one day have a PhD; her passion is in creating theatre for social justice. 

Esther Kim 

Esther Kim is a sophomore at Lake Forest College. She is interested in changing the world and fighting evil through story-telling and science. She is active on campus in many roles and is grateful for the opportunity to create change. She can usually be found running across campus. 

Forrest Marie Linsell 
Forrest Marie Linsell is a queer, trans woman dedicated to serving young people with strength-based, trauma-informed care. Forrest Marie is a 2015 graduate of Knox College, where she was certified in InterGroup Dialogue, and a 2016 recipient of the Windy City Times’ 30 Under 30 Award. Forrest Marie currently works at Center on Halsted as the Youth Program Coordinator, where she uses transformative conversations to de-escalate conflicts and empower young people to live more fulfilling lives.  
Blythe Avery May 

Blythe Avery May is a sophomore from Chattanooga, Tennessee, who is studying Studio Art and is hoping to add a self-designed major of Human Services this semester. She works for the Admissions Office at Lake Forest College, hosts a radio show, serves on the working group, is Co-Chair of Public Relations for UBA, and is a Delta Gamma, serving as her chapter’s Director of Social Awareness along with being the Panhellenic VP of Recruitment. She’s a cis-lady (she/her/hers) and an aspiring ally to all.  

Zahra Nadeem 

Zahra Nadeem is from Vernon Hills, IL, and she is a commuter student at Lake Forest College. She is majoring in Neuroscience and on the pre-med track. She serves as a peer mentor, VisComm student worker, Muslim Student Association Co-President, and South Asian Student Historian on campus. 

Isabella Nuño 

Isabella Nuño is the co-President of Latinos Unidos and co-President of To Write Love on Her Arms at Lake Forest College. She is a double major in Psychology and Communication. 

Donna Racher-Cazares 

Donna Racher-Cazares grew up in the north suburbs of Chicago. At Knox College, she advocated for diversity and inclusivity initiatives, and particularly queer and Latinx issues. She currently works at Kenneth Young Center in Schaumburg—one of the few LGBTQ youth drop-in clinics in the suburbs—and she provides assistance to newly-immigrated families.  

Diayan Rajamohan 

Diayan Rajamohan (he/him/his) is a Sociology and Anthropology major and a Philosophy and Legal Studies minor at Lake Forest College. Originally from Toronto, Canada, Diayan spends a lot of his time immersed in paints and canvases and loves to create abstract art. With his sights on law school, Diayan someday hopes to be a child and youth advocate.  

Gabrielle Raley 

Gabrielle Raley is Associate Professor of Sociology and Chair of Anthropology and Sociology at Knox College. Her research examines the microsociology of inequality, art, and categorical thought. She is the co-founder and co-director of the Knox College Social Justice Dialogues program, and she has facilitated Dialogues for over five years. 

Katerina Sasieta 

Katerina Sasieta is a Music Major and Peace and Justice Studies Minor in her senior year at Knox College. She took her first Social Justice Dialogues course as a first year, and she co-facilitated a Dialogue course on Race last fall term. She is from Carrollton, Illinois, and passionate about building community. 

Laird Mackenley Walker 

Laird Mackenley Walker graduated from Lake Forest College in 2009 with a major in Politics and a minor in Psychology; while at the College, he played on the basketball team for four years and was a member of UBA. Having received his Master’s in Social Work from Western Michigan University, Laird now works as a Restorative Justice Practitioner in school settings. He is on the board of directors of two organizations: Eliminating Racism & Creating/Celebrating Equity, an anti-racist organization based in Kalamazoo that provides training to individuals and institutions to build out anti-racist policies and challenge racist paradigms; and ASK Family Services, an organization that provides evidence-based support to families and youth with mental health or developmental challenges, who otherwise would face barriers to receiving equitable services.