CONVENER(S): Dr. Ruth Corey Selman
PARTICIPANTS: Juliet King, Lucy Golden, Marie Scott, Carmine Collier, Penelope Bliss, Jerry Selman
SUMMARY OF DISCUSSION:
Lack of Diversity at conferences is probably based on economics. Most schools are very diverse, but this is not reflected by attendance. SUGGESTUIN: Every school can make it point to support people of color/minority to get out to conferences, Perhaps schools could offer to pay registration, administration, can be more positive about conferences; i,e,, instead of just posting notices, actively promote attendance, and encourage more those of minority to go together, or be invited to join a group---not necessarily composed of minorities.
Don't assume that minorities will feel welcome even if they are. Give a little extra in terms of invitations, support, etc.
SUMMARY OF ORDER OF IMPORTANCE: 1. Social---Does person feel comfortable? 2. Economic---Can attendee afford it?
TO SCHOOLS: "ENCOURAGE MINORITIESTO ATTEND CONFERENCES!"