March 29, 2022

Eastern Diversity Conference

Rebecca Y. Bayeck and Joshua Fredenburg will speak at USU Eastern's 7th Annual Diversity Conference on April 8.


Utah State University Eastern is hosting its 7th annual Diversity Conference on Friday, April 8, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Jennifer Leavitt Student Center.

This program is hosted by the Center for Diversity & Inclusion and co-sponsored by the Center for Intersectional Gender & Research. Registrations are live and tickets cost $25, which is inclusive of a continental breakfast and formal luncheon.

Workshop presenters will be represented by the Arbinger Institute, Capacity Consulting & Development, Ogden Diversity Commission, Salt Lake Community College, See Stacy Speak LLC, Utah State University Statewide Campuses, Utah Valley University, Utah 3Rs Project and Weber State University. Continuing Education Units will be given to licensed social work professionals.

There will be a special performance by Navajo students from the Cultural Ambassador Performance Program at USU Blanding. The conference will also feature two keynote speakers: Joshua Fredneburg, president of Circle of Change Leadership, as well as USU professor Rebecca Y. Bayeck, assistant professor in Instructional Technology & Learning Sciences

Joshua Fredneburg is a nationally acclaimed speaker, author of seven books, leadership & diversity consultant, member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., TEDx speaker, and president/founder of the award-winning Circle of Change Leadership Experience. He received his doctorate in organizational leadership from Nova Southeastern University, attained a master’s degree in organizational leadership from Biola University, and has appeared on various television/radio shows all across the country. For the past 15 years, Fredenburg has served as a keynote speaker in 47 states across the nation, where he has transformed the lives of thousands of people at different conferences, retreats and trainings surrounding leadership, diversity and inclusion, student success, as well as professional development.

Rebecca Y. Bayeck's research interests lie at the intersection of learning sciences, educational technology, literacy studies and the interdisciplinary field of game studies. Within this intersection, her research includes games (digital & analog), learning and literacies, emerging technologies, design of inclusive learning spaces and exhibitions. She is also interested in how culture shapes learning and literacy practices in different environments. She holds a dual Ph.D. in learning design and technology and comparative international education from Pennsylvania State University. She recently worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in New York City.

To learn about this year's keynote speakers and for more information on the conference, visit the event’s page on USU Eastern’s website.

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