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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Summit

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The third annual Diversity and Inclusion Summit will take place on Saturday, January 25, 2020 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.

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

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.