Dealing with Difference Institute

25th Annual Dealing with Difference Institute

WIU Multicultural Center
Tuesday, May 15 to Wednesday, May 16

Questions? Contact Dr. Rebekah Buchanan ( or Dr. Jim LaPrad (

Tuesday May 15
1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.: Check-In, Dessert, and Social Hour
Join us for an array of desserts and to socialize with other DWDI participants
2:00 p.m. to 3:15 p.m: Welcome and DWDI Keynote
Rosa Clemente: We The People: Resisting and Speaking Truth to Power in Uncertain Times
3:15 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.: Break
3:30 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.: Panel Discussion: “Let’s Not Forget Where We Have Been”
4:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.: Break
4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.: Civic Reflection
Tammy LaPrad and Karen Mauldin-Curtis
5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.: Dinner and Cash Bar (Free for WIU/$10 non-WIU)
Menu: Jerk Chicken or Vegetarian Lasagna
6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. King Neptune’s Historic Blues

Wednesday May 16
8 a.m.: Breakfast and Check-in
9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.: Morning Keynote
Zak Foste, PhD: Problematizing Innocence: How Well Intentioned White People Contribute to Racial Hostility on Campus
10:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.: Break
10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.: CT Vivian Keynote
J.Q. Adams, PhD: Reexamining America’s Core Ideologies in the Era of Trump
11:15 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.: Closing Panel: “Where Do We Go from Here?”

2018 DWDI Keynote Presenter Bios

Rosa Clemente has been a community organizer, scholar, journalist and Hip Hop activist for more than 20 years. In the 2008 U.S. election Clemente was the Green Party Vice Presidential running mate with Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney. The pair comprised the first women of color ticket in American History. Clemente is a frequent contributor on CNN, C-SPAN, MSNBC, Al Jazeera, Free Speech TV, Pacifica Radio, teleSUR, Hard Knock Radio and Democracy Now!. She has been the subject of articles in the New York Times, The Nation, The Progressive, The Village Voice, Urban Latino, Essence, Latina, Vibe, The Huffington Post, Alternet, Wiretap, Black Agenda Report, Indymedia, News One, In These Times and The Source.

J.Q. Adams has spent his entire academic career studying and teaching about multicultural education and diversity. His degrees include a bachelor in philosophy degree from Michigan’s Grand Valley State University, a master’s degree in alternative education from Indiana University, and a doctoral degree in educational psychology from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He spent more than 25 years at Western Illinois University (WIU) where he created and taught undergraduate and graduate multicultural courses and was recognized for excellence as a teacher and a mentor. He developed and taught three editions of the PBS course Dealing with Diversity, a course taught at over 150 colleges and universities across the United States. He co-edited the accompanying comprehensive anthology of works by notable scholars in the field. He has served as acting director of WIU’s African American studies and as director of the educational opportunity program, as liaison for Golden Apple Scholars, and on the Illinois State Board of Education’s Teacher Certification Board.

Zak Foste is a Postdoctoral Research Associate for the Interfaith Diversity Experiences and Attitudes Longitudinal Survey (IDEALS) at The Ohio State University. This fall he will begin his appointment as an Assistant Professor of Higher Education Administration at the University of Kansas. His research focuses on how colleges and universities can create educational contexts that prompt students with dominant social identities to think more critically about their own social location in relation to systems of power, privilege, and the marginalization of others. His most recent scholarship has examined how white college student leaders construct and give meaning to whiteness on campus, desires for racial innocence among white undergraduates, and the gendered experiences of college men in service-learning programs. Dr. Foste received his Ph.D. in Higher Education and Student Affairs from The Ohio State University, his M.S. in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Miami University, and his B.A. in Sociology and Political Science from Western Illinois University,