The ABCD Institute is a one-day conference event and an initiative to inform, educate, and engage participants in dialogues on discrimination issues across various topics, such as religion, race/ethnicity, gender, sexual identity, ability, body size, and age. In alignment with the inclusive excellence promoted by the University of Wisconsin System, this Institute is designed to promote a more inclusive, diverse, and respectful attitude towards individual differences, and to foster an atmosphere that celebrates human diversity. The dialogues from the Institute will serve as a platform for participants to learn constructive ways to be more inclusive and respectful of individual differences, thereby celebrating diversity in our society.
The conference will include a keynote speech, followed by 5 concurrent sessions offered by 10 experts from the UW System and surrounding area, comprised of interdisciplinary topics that combine various academic perspectives, including psychology, sociology, history, religious studies, communication, economics, and education. Participants will have the chance to attend five lectures throughout the day, at the completion they will be awarded the ABCD Institute's Diversity Training Certificate. This event is open to all UW Colleges campuses as well as the surrounding communities. Lunch options are available upon request.