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Southern Nevada Diversity Summit 2024




October 4, 2024

In-Person & Online | 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Nevada State University
1300 Nevada State Dr.
Henderson, NV, 89002

U.S. Congressman John Lewis is revered as an American hero, but before he was protecting voting rights in the halls of Congress, he was first a college student. Inspired by the mentorship of civil rights icons of the 1960s like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Ella Baker, John Lewis entered college with a passion and fire to fight for justice and freedom. His involvement in the creation of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and organizing sit-ins to fight for desegregation would set him on a path to dedicate his life to fighting for social justice. 

In honor of his legacy and memory, we invite our state to have critical dialogues as we get into “good trouble, necessary trouble” for the future of diversity, equity, & inclusion work in our state and nation. As we witness contemporary resistance to the legacy of the civil rights movements in the banning of diversity, equity, & inclusion efforts on college campuses, we invite our community to carry the torch of this work forward and ground ourselves in Lewis’s words:  

“Do not get lost in a sea of despair. Be hopeful, be optimistic. Our struggle is not the struggle of a day, a week, a month, or a year, it is the struggle of a lifetime. Never, ever be afraid to make some noise and get in good trouble, necessary trouble.

John Lewis, Civil Rights Activist, U.S. House of Representatives

The Southern Nevada Diversity Summit is a system-wide collaboration that organizes an annual free professional development for our faculty, staff, and students to learn about social justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education. This event is free of charge and all faculty, staff, students, and community partners are invited to attend. The event is planned by a site and liaison committee made up of members from across NSHE. Space is limited in-person.

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