June 29, 2020

Virtual discussion on systemic racism in higher education is today

Faculty, staff, students, alumni and community members from across the SIU System are invited to join a live virtual discussion today, Monday, June 29, that will focus on critical issues regarding equity and justice in our country and how those issues can be address within the university system.

The discussion, “A Conversation of Understanding: Focusing on Systemic Racism in Higher Education” is from 5 to 7 p.m. The meeting will be available on the SIU Board of Trustee’s YouTube Channel. Questions may be submitted before the event by email to pkeith@siu.edu.

The event will start with a panel of institutional and student leaders sharing their experiences and stories, followed by a Q&A session where participants can ask questions or provide comments using the YouTube comment section.

The participants include:

  • Wes McNeese, SIU System executive director for diversity initiatives, will provide introductions and kick off the conversation
  • Todd Bryson, SIU Carbondale interim associate chancellor for diversity and student multicultural resource center director, will serve as moderator


  • Dan Mahony, SIU System president
  • Randy Pembrook, SIU Edwardsville chancellor
  • Austin Lane, SIU Carbondale chancellor
  • Steven Gear, SIU Carbondale, SIU Board of Trustee student trustee
  • Madalynn McKenzie, SIU Edwardsville student

Jamie Clark, director of Counseling and Psychological Services at SIU Carbondale, and Courtney Boddie, director of Counseling Services at SIU Edwardsville will also participate.

 The SIU System President’s Office and the SIU System Diversity Advisory Council are discussion sponsors.