The Newman University Department of Student Life will host a TedX event on its campus April 2, 2020, in the De Mattias Performance Hall.
Joseph Shepard, director of multicultural engagement and campus life, said the event has been a goal of his since his arrival at Newman.
“It is important for me to create avenues for our university community to be a part of conversations that truly challenge us to dig deep,” said Shepard.
“My commitment to the students and campus community when I arrived at Newman University was to dream big and develop a framework for diversity, equity and inclusion in a way that made everyone, regardless of their walk of life, feel welcomed. I believe this is just one way of keeping that commitment to the students and institution I serve.”
A committee composed of university staff, faculty and one student will select three to four speakers to present live at the event. One of those speakers will be a representative from Newman University.
Shepard has been working with representatives from TedX as well as speaking with student affairs colleagues at other universities who’ve been successful in hosting a TedX program at their respective institutions. He said using the knowledge and experiences of others is helping his team to be better prepared logistically.
“There’s a lot that goes into making this event a success, so looking to others for ideas, suggestions and best practices is vital. I’ve also been working on ways we can engage the Wichita community. … It’s a personal mission of mine to strengthen Newman University’s relationship with the greater Wichita community.
“I see Newman’s TedX event as an avenue to connect with the community by providing a platform to challenge ideas, inspire change and spark thought-provoking conversation.”