September 22, 2022

Conversation on combatting ‘diversity fatigue’ at SIU is Tuesday

This academic year, six “Conversations of Understanding” will focus on findings from the 2022 Viewfinder Campus Climate Survey.  Next week’s conversation will address “diversity fatigue” among faculty, staff and students and include a discussion about why diversity fatigue is important and how to combat it at SIU. Faculty, staff, students, alumni and community members are invited to join the live virtual discussion at noon Tuesday, Sept. 27. 

The event will feature an SIU community panel sharing findings and solutions based on the survey. Panelists will address these elements, and participants will be encouraged to reflect on their own experiences and how they might help dismantle systemic barriers and become a part of the SIU antiracism journey. 

The meeting will be available on the SIU System’s YouTube channel

A Q&A session will follow where participants can use the YouTube comment section. Questions may be submitted before or during the event by email to

Participants will include: 

  • Dan Mahony, SIU System president.
  • Sheila Caldwell, SIU System vice president for antiracism, diversity, equity and inclusion, and chief diversity officer, who will facilitate the conversation.
  • Jessica Harris, SIU Edwardsville vice chancellor for equity, diversity and inclusion.
  • Mike Ruiz, SIU School of Law assistant dean for admissions and financial aid.
  • Dorcas Brou, SIU Carbondale student trustee.
  • Hailee O’Dell, SIU Edwardsville student trustee. 

This is the first session for the 2022-23 academic year. The Conversation of Understanding series began in June 2020 and is a series of virtual exchanges where students, alumni, faculty, staff and community members can share their experiences and thoughts on a variety of themes related to diversity, inclusion and equity.  

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