Diversity Speaker Series

Fall 2021 IUPUI Diversity Lecture Speakers

Below is a list of speakers planned for the fall Diversity Speaker Series. For more information on how to join the webinar, visit our calendar.

Juju Chang

Wednesday, October 6 at 6:00 p.m.

Virtual Presentation

Registration required: https://iu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_DzksOIO1QbycgWF5qL8JMA

Juju Chang is an Emmy Award-winning co-anchor of ABC News’ Nightline. She also reports regularly for Good Morning America and 20/20. Chang reported on the recent rise of hate crimes against the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community as anchor of the ABC News Live special Stop the Hate: The Rise in Violence Against Asian Americans and the 20/20 special Murder in Atlanta following the Atlanta mass shooting. Chang’s award-winning report on violence against transgender women of Color across the country caps a series of stories on LGBTQ+ issues. She won a GLAAD award for her story on the 25th anniversary of Matthew Shepard’s murder and the legacy his parents have built in his honor. Chang’s exclusive interview with transgender soldier Chelsea Manning, after seven years in prison, explored issues of national security leaks, medical treatment for incarcerated transgender people and LGBTQ+ military service.

Anand Giridharadas

Thursday, November 11 at 6:00 p.m.

Virtual Presentation

Registration required: https://iu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ig8PoEvoQwSB4Cq-sKcs3g

Anand Giridharadas is the author of the New York Times best seller Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World, The True American and India Calling. He is an editor-at-large for TIME, an on-air political analyst for MSNBC and the author of the newsletter The.Ink. From 2005-2016 he was a foreign correspondent and columnist for The New York Times and has also written for The Atlantic, The NewYorker and The New Republic. He is a former McKinsey analyst, an Aspen Institute fellow, a visiting scholar at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at New York University and has spoken on the main stage of TED.

Rabbi Sandra Lawson

Thursday, November 18 at 6:00 p.m.

In-Person Lecture—Madam Walker Legacy Center Ballroom, 617 Indiana Avenue

Rabbi Sandra Lawson received ordination from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in June 2018. In addition to holding degrees in Sociology from Saint Leo and Clark Atlanta Universities, Rabbi Sandra served in the United States Army, as a Military Police person with a specialty in Military Police Investigations. Upon leaving the military, she started a personal training business and later worked as an adjunct instructor of Sociology at a local college. She has also served as the Investigative Researcher for the Anti-Defamation League’s Southeast Region, becoming the “go-to” person when law enforcement in the South needed information on hate groups. Rabbi Sandra’s vision is to help build a more inclusive Jewish community where all who want to come are welcomed, diversity is embraced and people can come together to learn and to pray.

Zoom attendance available, no registration required: https://iu.zoom.us/j/81039045371