Dealing with Difference Institute


A historical archive of past programs, initiatives, and achievements.


Dealing with Difference Institute 2018



  1. Rosa Clemente, doctoral student in the W.E.B. Dubois Department of UMASS-Amherst, President and Founder of Know Thy Self Productions, leading scholar on the issues of Afro-Latinx identity
  2. Dr. J.Q. Adams, Founder and Director of ACE Consulting
  3. Zack Foste, Postdoctoral Researcher for the Interfaith Diversity Experiences & Attitudes Longitudinal Survey (IDEALS) at The Ohio State University


Dealing with Difference Institute 2017


  1. Wilson Okello, Doctoral Fellow at Miami University, Instructor in Department of Social Justice Studies and Department of  Black World Studies
Dealing with Difference Institute 2016 »


  1. Dr. J.Q Adams, Professor Emeritus Educational and Interdisciplinary Studies,
    Western Illinois University

Theme:   Intolerance and Incivility on Campus and Beyond

Dealing with Difference Institute 2015 »


  1. Dr. Fannie Rushing, Professor of History, Benedictine University (Chicago, Illinois)
  2. Dr. Stephen Quaye, Associate Professor of Education, Miami University (Oxford, Ohio)
  3. Ms. Stewart, Instructional Methods Coordinator, Racine Unified School District, Racine Wisconsin

Theme:  Speak Out, Step Up, Stand Together 

Dealing with Difference Institute 2014 »


  1. Dr. Heather Hackman, St. Cloud State University in St Cloud, Minnesota
  2. Dr. David Stovall and Mr. Shaka Rawls, University of Illinois Chicago
  3. Dr. Tracy Davis, Western Illinois University and Dr. Rachel Wagner, Iowa State University

Theme:  Social Justice and Education

Dealing with Difference Institute 2013


  1. Dr. James A. Banks, Director of the Center for Multicultural Education, University of Washington, Seattle
  2. Dr. Paul Gorski, Associate Professor of Integrative Studies, George Mason University
  3. Dr. Barbara Ransby, Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies, History, and African American Studies, University of Illinois, Chicago
  4. Dr. Ann Russo, Professor and Chair, Women’s and Gender Studies, DePaul University

 Theme: Multicultural Education: Always Unfinished, Always Evolving

Dealing with Difference Institute 2012

     Speakers:  Dr. Pedro Noguera and Rev. C. T. Vivian

     Themes:  1) Multiculturalism and/or Assimilation

                    2) Nonviolent Strategies for Social Transformation

Dealing with Difference Institute 2011

Speaker:  Dr. Shakti Butler

Theme:  The Uses and Abuses of Fear

Dealing with Difference Institute 2010

Speakers:  Mr. TIm Wise and Dr. Diane Carson

Themes:  1) White Privilege

                2) The Role of Master Narratives in Society

Dealing with Difference Institute 2009

Speakers:  Dr. Sut Jhally and Dr. Maulana Karenga

Theme:  Persistent but Inaccurate Notions of Race in USA Society

Dealing with Difference Institute 2008

Speakers:  Mr. Maurice Ashley and Dr. Garry Shirts

Theme:  Playing Games to Awaken Multicultural Consciousness