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"Here and Now — Moving Toward Justice" The Sally Dickson Lecture on Diversity, Inclusion and Reflection 2018

Lateefah Simon portrait

Lateefah Simon (Photo by Andria Lo

The Sally Dickson Lecture on Diversity, Inclusion and Reflection was created in 2015 by the vice provost for student affairs to honor the contributions of Sally Dickson, former associate vice provost for student affairs and dean of educational resources. Dickson's work in Student Affairs was dedicated to community-building and engagement among students, faculty and staff.

2018 Lecture: "Here and Now  — Moving Toward Justice"
Tuesday, May 22 at 7 p.m. (Doors open at 6:30 p.m.) 
Cubberley Auditorium 
Lateefah Simon, president of the Akonadi Foundation
Free and open to the public

The Third Annual Sally Dickson Lecture on Diversity, Inclusion and Reflection  will feature Lateefah Simon, a nationally acclaimed civil rights and social justice activist and community organizer. Simon is currently president of the Akonadi Foundation, an Oakland-based organization dedicated to racial justice, leadership, intersectionality and cultural expression. In 2003, at 26 years old, she became the youngest recipient of the MacArthur Foundation “genius” award for her work as a women’s development leader. 

This year's lecture is co-sponsored by: Vice Provost for Student Affairs, Diversity and First-Gen Office, School of Humanities and Sciences, Native American Cultural Center, The Markaz, El Centro Chicano y Latino,  Asian American Activities Center, Graduate Life Office, Women's Community Center, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, Haas Center for Public Service, Martin Luther King Jr. Research and Education Institute, The Program in African and African American Studies, The Centers for Equity, Community and Leadership, Queer Student Resources, Residential Education, Office of Student Activities and Leadership, Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, School of Engineering and Engineering Diversity Programs, Trancos-Equity & Social Justice initiative, Office of the Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning, JSK Journalism Fellowships, WISE Ventures, Office of the Vice Provost for Graduate Education, Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Development.


Coverage of past lectures: 
2016: "Social justice and activism integral to American experience," Stanford Report, March 9, 2016

Head shot of Sally Dickson

Sally Dickson first came to Stanford in 1988 to work in student affairs at the Law School. In 1997, she joined the President and Provost’s Office as director of the Office for Multicultural Development and as director of campus relations. After leaving for a short period, Dickson returned to the Farm in 2003 when she accepted the position of associate vice provost for faculty development and associate dean for humanities and sciences. In 2007, she joined Student Affairs. She also served as an adviser to the university president on campus life for a number of years and was a lecturer at the Law School, in the Political Science Department and in Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity. In 2012,  Dickson received the Cuthbertson Award in recognition of her exceptional contributions to the university. She retired in 2015.