Actor, activist Diane Guerrero will headline U-M’s 2018 diversity summit

October 3, 2018
Contact: Lauren Love lovelaur@umich.edu

EVENT ANNOUNCEMENT

DATE: 9 a.m. Monday, Oct. 8, 2018

EVENT: Actor and activist Diane Guerrero, who starred in “Orange is the New Black,” will discuss the importance of diverse views, ideas and perspectives in a dialogue launching this year’s University of Michigan 2018 Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Summit.

The free, public event will be moderated by author and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist
Leonard Pitts Jr.

In her adult memoir, “In the Country We Love,” and her young-adult book, “My Family Divided,” Guerrero—who was born in the U.S. to undocumented parents—reflects on her childhood that was dramatically affected by the deportation of her parents and older brother.

Guerrero’s parents migrated to the United States from Colombia in 1981. The family lived in Boston until both of Guerrero’s parents were deported when she was 14 years old. Despite the life-shattering experience, Guerrero was able to remain in the country and continue her education, depending on the kindness of family friends who took her in and helped her build a life and a successful acting career.

The U-M summit will feature sessions on cultivating inclusive leadership, confronting gender bias, inclusive and accessible teaching practices, navigating difficult conversations and more.

PLACE: Power Center, 121 Fletcher St., Ann Arbor

SPONSOR: U-M Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

INFORMATION: DEI summit