Cameron University to present Fifth Annual Inclusion and Leadership Summit

The Cameron University Office of Student Development will host the Fifth Annual Inclusion and Leadership Summit, a one-day conference that aims to provide education and awareness about the importance of inclusion and diversity. The event, which takes place on Friday, March 29, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the McMahon Centennial Complex, is open to the public at no charge. Pre-registration is required and can be completed online at https://www.cameron.edu/diversitysummit.

Chris NortonThe keynote address will be presented by Chris Norton, who suffered a spinal cord injury while playing football during college. With inspiring anecdotes and positive action steps, Norton connects with his audience in a genuine, entertaining and impactful way. His message’s focus is that while we all face challenges, our circumstances do not define us. His message resonates with all of us: adversity is universal, but we all have the Power to Stand. He created the Chris Norton Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping people with spinal cord and neuromuscular disabilities by providing opportunities that would not otherwise exist. This is achieved through supporting the purchase of rehabilitation equipment for organizations/facilities and providing services and scholarships for camp programs. To date, the Chris Norton Foundation has raised just under $1 million dollars. He has dedicated his life to empowering others to overcome their own obstacles

The conference will provide participants with the tools to be proactive stewards of social equity in their daily interactions and ever-growing workplaces.  Participants will also have the opportunity to discuss benefits, challenges, and biases surrounding appreciation and understanding of diversity and while building inclusive environments.

The events of the day will include three main focus tracks.

Track 1: “Media Mindfulness” will examine the role that media plays in the stories, narratives, and truth we as a society digest. Attendees will learn the intricacies of media literacy, how to practice discretion and the importance of navigating your way through myths in the media.

Track 2: “Power of Policy” asks, “Do politics and science intersect? Should organizations be responsible for keeping up-to-date with social and environmental inequities?” This track explores the importance of policies as it impacts legislation, science, businesses and systemic inequality.

Track 3: “Advocacy in Action” spotlights the nuances of being an advocate. How do you get involved with a movement, be an ally and confront your own biases? Learn leadership qualities that make you an inclusive leader and become an active practitioner of respect and justice. Young and seasoned leaders alike are welcome!

For more information, visit www.cameron.edu/diversitysummit. The website includes instructions on registration. If you’d like to attend the keynote address, please indicate that on registration. For more information, call 580-581-2209 or email student_development@cameron.edu.

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March 15, 2019