Undergraduate Symposium on Diversity - 2017

Undergraduate Symposium on Diversity (USD) – Opportunities and Challenges for the Inclusion of Diversity in Higher Education and Society
January 20th, 2017 in the Lenhart Grand Ballroom in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union


  • 9:45-10 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks
    Ana Brown, Coordinator for Diversity and Retention Initiatives, Office of Residence Life “Beyond ‘The Dream’: The Poor People’s Campaign, the Beloved Community and the Quest for Equity
  • 10-10:45 a.m. Keynote Address
    Dr. Christina Lunceford, Assistant Professor, Higher Education and Student Affairs “Centering the Marginalized to Create Equitable Systems of Higher Education”
  • 10:45-11 a.m. Break and Refreshments
  • 11 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. Poster presentations
  • 12:45-1 p.m. Closing Remarks
    Dr. Cordula Mora, Director, Center for Undergraduate Research and Scholarship

Download the 2017 Undergraduate Sympoisum on Diversity Program (pdf)

The Center for Undergraduate Research and Scholarship (CURS) invites proposals related to diversity in all areas, including culture, ethnicity, race, gender, sexuality, and disability, from undergraduate students of all disciplines for our inaugural Undergraduate Symposium on Diversity (USD).

This symposium offers undergraduates students the opportunity to disseminate findings on critical issues within their respective fields. We particularly welcome posters (as well as other types of displays) based on projects conducted by students in undergraduate courses on any topic related to diversity. We are, however, also looking for submissions based on research, scholarly, or creative work conducted by individual students with a faculty mentor. Both group and individual presentations will be accepted.

The top three presentations will be recognized with an award and all presentations are encouraged to be also presented at the annual BGSU Undergraduate Research Symposium to be held on April 23, 2016 in Olscamp Hall. Select presentations will also be displayed in the Lenhart Grand Ballroom in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union and/or hallways/foyers during MLK Day celebrations on January 18, 2016 (student presenters will have the option, but are not required to be present that day).

Poster Presentation Abstracts