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Courageous Conversations

Courageous Conversations is a monthly series of workshops providing resources for inclusive teaching at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Join us for one of our monthly sessions on campus, and join the Courageous Community to #ContinueTheConversation throughout the year.

The Impact of Diversity and Inclusion in Healthcare: A Candid Conversation
October 14, 2020


The COVID-19 pandemic, the social unrest facing the nation, and persistent health disparities within minority communities demonstrate the importance of cultural competence and increased diversity within the health professions. This virtual panel discussion featuring healthcare practitioners from underrepresented groups highlights personal stories that demonstrate the real impact of diversity and inclusion in healthcare. All are welcome to join in this candid conversation. This Courageous Conversations virtual session is hosted in partnership with the UL Lafayette Department of Nursing and the Acadiana Black Nurses Association. It will take place on Wednesday, October 14 at 5:30pm. The event is free, but registration is required to receive the Zoom meeting link.


New Perspectives: The Impact of Faculty Diversity on Student Success
September 8, 2020

In the season of unrest facing the nation and our own community, it is important to affirm the value that Black students, faculty and staff bring to the University and the local community. Among other strategic imperatives, faculty diversity is an area of focus that has been identified in the Strategic Plan for Inclusive Excellence. This virtual panel discussion featuring undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and alumni highlights personal stories that demonstrate the real impact that the lack of faculty diversity can have on the student experience. College Deans also provide feedback on the reflections that panelists share.

If you were unable to join the webinar live, you may view the recording.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Implications of the COVID-19 Response
April 7, 2020

The Office for Campus Diversity recently hosted a virtual Courageous Conversations session on April 7, 2020, a webinar entitled "Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Implications of the COVID-19 Response." Panelists included Dr. Gabriel Carranza, Executive Director of Global Engagement, Dr. Beth Giroir, Executive Director of Student Success, and Dr. Valin Jordan, Assistant Professor of Diversity Education. The discussion focused on addressing unequal access to technology, creating a welcoming online environment, connecting students to campus resources, and building community to promote wellness.

If you were unable to join the webinar live, you may view the recording or download the summary handout.


Join the Courageous Community on Facebook

Connect with the Courageous Community on Facebook! This community group is a space to connect, learn and #ContinueTheConversation about inclusive teaching at UL Lafayette.