ABCD Institute one day conference on diversity to be held March 30

By UW-Fond du Lac

Learning constructive ways to be more inclusive and respectful of individual differences is the goal of a one-day conference to be held on Friday, March 30 at the University of Wisconsin-Fond du Lac.

The Anti-Bullying and Celebrate Diversity (ABCD) Institute is open to college students, community leaders, business leaders, educators, younger students and anyone interested in this topic. There is no cost to attend the conference. An optional lunch for a small fee is available for those participants who pre-register by Friday, March 16.

Dr. Kayoung Kim, the ABCD Institute director and UW-Fond du Lac psychology professor, developed the foundation for the Institute and received two grants; one from the UW Colleges, and the other from the UW-Fond du Lac Foundation, to support the initiative.

Support from the campus and greater Fond du Lac community has been strong according to Dr. Kim. “I am thankful for the enthusiastic and passionate support from many volunteers who are making this Institute happen and supporting the goal of making our community a more inclusive climate.”

The conference will engage participants in dialogues on topics such as religion, race/ethnicity, gender, sexual identity, ability, body size and age.

The keynote speaker is Dr. Lisa Hanasano, Bowling Green State University communication professor. Her research interests examine how people communicate and cope with prejudice and discrimination. Specifically, she studies how people engage in hate speech, bullying, and microaggressions on social media and in face-to-face interactions. 

The keynote presentation will be followed by five concurrent sessions offered by experts from the UW System and surrounding areas. Participants will have the chance to attend five sessions during the day and upon completion of the event will be awarded the ABCD Institute’s Diversity Training Certificate.

UW-Fond du Lac student Becky Vis is serving as the conference coordinator, working closely with Dr. Kim on all aspects of planning the conference.

“We hope that the information and stories shared by our speakers will provide participants with a foundation to build upon and apply to their lives,” said Vis. “The program is about educating on both a scientific level as well as a personal one.”

Space for the conference is limited. Pre-registration is requested online.


Laurie Krasin