Diversity meets leadership: CREDE, Center for Leadership to host annual Intersect Conference Oct. 1-2

The annual Intersect Conference will be held on Friday, Oct. 1 and Saturday, Oct. 2 and provide the opportunity for staff, faculty and students to learn through sessions and dialogue.

In continuing Elon University’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusivity, the Center for Leadership and the Center for Race, Ethnicity & Diversity Education (CREDE) will present the 2021 Intersect Conference on Friday, Oct. 1 and Saturday, Oct. 2 with the theme of “From Moments to MOVEments.”

The 2021 Intersect Conference keynote speaker will be Nina Berglund, a 20-year-old Youth Council member, Indigenous Council member, public speaker and climate activist.

A native of the Twin Cities, Berglund has been organizing events with other youth groups against Enbridge’s  Line 3 proposed pipeline, currently planned to be built in North Minnesota, hoping to prevent the detrimental affects that will result from it.

The Intersect Conference focuses on the disciplines of diversity and leadership, and the convergence of the two. Participants of the conference will engage in dialogue and reflection through keynote speakers and educational sessions. The conference pillars work to inspire participants to create positive change for the common good in their organizations and communities.

The four pillars of the Intersect Conference – oppression, social change, power & privilege and organizational development – were chosen because they represent the intersectionality of leadership and diversity. The understanding of these concepts will not only inform our understanding but also the ability to engage in meaningful conversations and behaviors.

Elon has committed itself to diversity, global engagement and the fostering of respect for human differences, which can be seen through the work of the Center for Leadership and CREDE. Intersect aims to educate students, faculty and staff on topics of diversity and leadership.

In previous years, these topics were explored through two independent conferences: the Diversity Leadership Conference and the Leadership Development Institute.

During this conference, participants will engage in dialogue, reflection and training through keynote speakers, workshops and lunch and learns.

The conference is free for all Elon students, faculty and staff. For outside participants there is a $65 registration fee which will contribute to registration and food throughout the conference.

If interested in attending and any specific questions, please contact Sylvia Muñoz, Associate Director of the Center for Race, Ethnicity, and Diversity Education (CREDE) at 336-278-6516 or Melanie Bullock, Director of the Center for Leadership at 336-278-5323.