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Registration is Open for the Seventh Annual Making Excellence Inclusive Conference: Friday, Oct. 20, 2023

The 2023 The annual RISE conference is October 20, 2023 on the campus of Eastern Illinois University.

RISE – Reaching Inclusivity for Student Excellence – is the theme of this year’s conference with the intent to support and equally advocate for transformative learning and achievement through systemic collaboration and inclusion. At the upcoming RISE conference, the areas of focus will include emotional and mental wellness, accessibility, recognizing and celebrating different background and cultures, and ways to commit to promoting diversity and inclusivity in a higher education and K-12 classroom settings, as well as many other insightful topics. A two-hour Safe Zone training will also be offered. 

Highlighting the conference will be keynote speaker Dr. Tamba-Kuii Bailey an associate professor in the Counseling Psychology and Counseling Programs at the University of North Dakota. Additionally, he currently serves as the Special Assistant to the President for Diversity and Inclusion at the University.

A conference schedule and registration link is available here. Further inquiries about EIU’s upcoming conference can be directed to Dr. Catherine Polydore, chair of the RISE Conference Committee. She can be reached via email at or

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