In a globalized world with increased migration and mobility,
diversity has become a central issue in society and government. Differences in
race, ethnicity, language, religion, gender, and sexuality have bothenriched
societies and fueled tensions. In this light, conflict-affected communities
encounter unique challenges to the implementation and realization ofdiversity.
However, they also offer valuable perspectives and practices thatcan serve as
models for other societies. We have yet to determine under which conditions
diversity can be best utilized for the well-being of society rather than constituting
a dividing force. Approaches by government have varied significantly between a
laissez-faire policy and formal intervention utilized to foster multiculturalism
or assimilation. Civil society groups have similarly struggled to bridge
divides while recognizing differences. On January 30-31, 2014, researchers, practitioners,
and graduate students will gather at our Washington, DC campus to explore this
This conference seeks to address this puzzle by bringing
together leading researchers, practitioners, and graduate students who are
engaging with issues of diversity. We hope to evoke synthesis among varying
perspectives to locate best practices and identity further gaps in research.
have the opportunity to present their own research and explore creative
expressions of diversity in divided societies. They will be able to learn from
and network with some of the most innovative leaders in this field, from both
academia and practice.
For more information, see the conference Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/diversityconferencegeorgetown