"Understanding Diverse and Inclusive Communities"


Queens College-CUNY

November 12-13, 2018

Queens College-CUNY welcomes everyone to its third-annual conference on inclusion and diversity generously made possible by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.  Our conference, “Understanding Diverse and Inclusive Communities”, forms part of a long-term project to enhance the diversity of our faculty and support research, teaching, and creative accomplishment that promote diversity and inclusion on our campus and in the community.  Situated in the most diverse urban locale in the United States, Queens College boasts a remarkably diverse student body with students hailing from 150 countries and speaking 70 languages.  The two-day conference will feature presenters from outside and across the U.S. as well as our own Queens College faculty.  Their presentations will provide attendees the opportunity to learn, network, and contribute to our larger understanding of the factors shaping diversity and inclusion.   

We are pleased to feature as our plenary speakers three prominent voices leading contemporary conversations and investigations into diversity and inclusion.

Dr. Premilla Nadasen was born in South Africa and raised in the United States; she is a Professor of History at Barnard College (Columbia University), a 2018–2019 Fulbright Scholar, and President-elect of the National Women’s Studies Association. Nadasen has published extensively on the multiple meanings of feminism, alternative labor movements, and grass-roots community organizing and is most interested in visions of social change, and the ways in which poor and working-class women of color have fought for social justice. She is the author of two award-winning books Welfare Warriors: The Welfare Rights Movement in the United States (Routledge 2005) and Household Workers Unite: The Untold Story of African American Women Who Built a Movement (Beacon 2015) and is currently writing a biography of South African singer and anti-apartheid activist Miriam Makeba.

Dr. Jelani Cobb is the Ira Lipman Professor of Journalism at Columbia University and a staff writer for The New Yorker, where he writes about such topics as race, politics, and history.  In 2015, he was the recipient of the Sidney Hillman Prize for Opinion and Analysis Journalism in recognition of his work on racial injustice and police brutality.  More recently, he was a featured expert in Ava Duvernay’s documentary, “13th”, about the prison-industrial complex, mass incarceration and its effects on black and brown communities.  His work for The New Yorker includes the much lauded “Where is Black Lives Matter Headed?” a history of the Black Lives Matter movement and its future. In 2018, he was one of two finalists for the Pulitzer Prize in Commentary.

Jackie Wang is a student of dream state, black studies Scholar, prison abolitionist, poet, performer, and PHD student at Harvard University.  She is the author of Carceral Capitalism, a collection of essays on the racialized nature of the Prison Industrial Complex and the capitalist debt economy impressive for their.  The book examines contemporary incarceration techniques and illustrates various aspects of the carceral continuum including the biopolitics of Juvenile delinquency, predatory and algorithmic policing, the political economy of fees and cybernetic governance. Her latest Work “The Twitter Hive Mind is Dreaming” will be published by Robocup Press.



Registration and Conference Information

Queens College’s third annual interdisciplinary conference for the project will be: "Understanding Diverse and Inclusive Communities”

November 12-13, 2018
Queens College
65-30 Kissena Blvd, Queens, NY 11367
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Registration is free and open to the public.

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On-site registration will open at 8 am on November 12, 2018, in the Student Union Ballroom 4th floor.
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