The Center’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee has been working to broaden participation in programs and ensure accessibility for everyone. With its latest initiative, the committee hopes to engage our community in a discussion of issues around topics of diversity. This speaker series features presentations by local leaders who are helping to shape a culture of inclusion in Charlottesville. All presentations are free and open to the community.  To download a flyer of the schedule of events, visit The Center's website@

Speaker Schedule:

Thursday, September 12, 6:30 pm - Why Diversity and Inclusion? Should It Be Intentional? The Reverend Dr. Lehman D. Bates, II, Pastor, Ebenezer Baptist Church

Thursday, September 26, 6:30 pm - Pillars of Family Restoration: Roots, Ancestors, DNA Leontyne Clay Peck, Educator and Author; Ford Foundation Scholar in African American Studies

Thursday, October 3, 6:30 pm - Diversity in the Workplace Kelli E. Palmer, Ph.D., Head of Diversity & Inclusion and Corporate Citizenship at CFA Institute

Thursday, October 10, 6:30 pm - Eracism – What’s Happening in Our Schools Juandiego R. Wade, Charlottesville City School Board Member

Thursday, October 17, 6:30 pm - Eracism – What’s Happening in Our Community Khizr Khan, Attorney and Constitutional Rights and National Unity Advocate; Gold Star Parent

Thursday, October 24, 6:30 pm - Reaching for a Higher Ground: A Quraanic Perspective Aliaa Khidr, MD, Retired Professor of Phoniatrics; Founder of  “Lita Aarufu = Knowing Each Other”

Location: The Center


  • Starting Thursday, September 12th, 2019, repeats every week on Thursday until Thursday, October 24, 2019 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm


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