The 4th Annual DEI Summit

Carroll University's 4th Annual DEI Summit reflects our institutional commitment to providing meaningful and transformative DEI training and learning experiences. This year’s theme of “Our Collective Healing” highlights various aspects of social justice, racial reconciliation, and actionable steps toward change as a campus community.  Campus community members can expect opportunities to learn, reflect, and actively engage in a variety of concurrent sessions.

The DEI Summit aims to: 

Jump ahead to these sections:

The 4th Annual DEI Summit
Our Collective Healing

November 4, 2022  |  9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Keynote Speakers

Headshot of Pardeep Sing Kaleka
Pardeep Singh Kaleka 

Pardeep Singh Kaleka 

Author of The Gift of Our Wounds and Executive Director of Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee. Pardeep Singh Kaleka is a clinician specializing in utilizing a trauma-informed approach to treat survivors and perpetrators of assault, abuse, and acts of violence. 

Pardeep's workshop session includes an exercise where participants will partner up in pairs, and discuss the last time they hurt someone or were hurt by someone. The experience will be unique to each pairing, but will engage the participants in listening with empathy and speaking with vulnerability. The listeners do not need to affirm nor condone the speaker and what they are expressing, but simply listen and attempt to understand the pain. Listeners are welcome to explore their own biases and experience by being mindful during the conversation itself. The purpose of this session is to get out of our personal lens and meet the speakers where they are. The goal is to reserve judgment long enough for the other to share their story. 

Headshot of Kathy O'bear
Dr. Kathy Obear 

Dr. Kathy Obear 

Author of Turn the Tide, But I’m Not Racist! and In It for the Long Haul; Cofounder of the Social Justice Training Institute; and Founder of The Center for Transformation and Change. Dr. Kathy Obear is an organizational development consultant and trainer who brings a lens of racial and social justice into her work.

Dr. Obear's workshop session focuses on how campuses often fall into the trap of only focusing on interrupting interpersonal microaggressions, while ignoring the pervasive systemic barriers to equity and inclusion embedded in policies, practices, programs, norms and services. However well-intentioned, inclusion efforts often fall devastatingly short, and allow structural obstacles, unproductive dynamics and uninclusive dominant culture norms to continue to manifest. In this engaging session, students, staff and faculty will experience and review practical resources to implement in their daily activities. This includes using an Equity Lens to both analyze and revise existing policies, programs, practices, normas and services, as well as to keep equity and inclusion centered in all planning and decision-making processes. 

This speaker is sponsored by the Lillian and Arnold Graaskamp Education Endowment Fund.

Session Focus of Development


Participants will gain awareness of social dynamics around difference and a deeper knowledge of self and the diverse identities of others. While the complexity of identity and social dynamics is a perpetual state of development, this content is foundational to understanding social justice, equity, and inclusion (e.g., key terms, theories, concepts, and practical ways to take action). 


These sessions will build on foundational concepts, encourage attendees to explore key terms, theories, explore ways to bring tools into the campus community, and foster continuous learning. Participants will gain knowledge and techniques tied to building equity-centered practices that can be adopted to your role at the University. 


Participants will be engaged in sessions structured to provide a space for attendees to integrate a lens of equity and researched interventions in their examination of belonging and inclusion (policies and practices). Attendees should have a strong understanding of social justice and equity-centered topics and want to bring actual case-related problems to work through and enhance their skillset. 

Event Schedule

Welcome & Introductions

9:00 - 9:30 a.m. | Stackner Ballroom
Musical Welcome: Members of Carroll University Choir - Dr. Leticia Grutzmann, Assistant Professor of Music; Soloist: Tyler Curtain; and Collaborative Pianist: Rhonda Kwiecien
Land Acknowledgement and Moment of Meditation: Reverend Elizabeth McCord, University Chaplain and Director of Spiritual Life
Introduction and Welcoming Comments: President Cindy Gnadinger
Overview and Kick-off: Mohammed Bey, Vice President for Institutional Inclusion
Introduction of Pardeep Singh Kaleka: Elizabeth Brzeski, Associate Dean for Student Affairs

Opening Plenary  

9:30 - 10:30 a.m. | Stackner Ballroom or Virtual Link
Speaker: Pardeep Singh Kaleka (Convo Point)


10:30 - 10:45 a.m.

Concurrent Sessions

10:45 a.m - 12 p.m 
Please join us for a session of your choice.

Hurt People Hurt People Workshop 

Target Audience: All (Convo Point)
Location: Stackner Ballroom
Speaker: Pardeep Singh Kaleka
Focus of Development: Awareness

Enacting Social Change

Target Audience: Students (Convo Point)
Location: Chapel
Speaker: Reverend Mark Fraley and Reverend Christopher Boston
Focus of Development: Application

Safe Spaces at Carroll University

Target Audience: Faculty and Staff
Location: Oak Room
Speakers: John Morrissey, Area Director and Billy Trahan, Area Director
Focus of Development: Awareness

Lunch Social

12:00 - 12:30 p.m.
Location: Stackner Ballroom
Grab-and-go boxes can be picked up at the landing outside of the Ballroom! Enjoy lunch on your own or with your friends, colleagues, and classmates.

Concurrent Sessions

12:30 p.m - 1:45 p.m
Please join us for a session of your choice.

Using a Race/EDIB Lens in Decision-Making and to Analyze & Revise Policies, Practices, Programs, and Services

Target Audience: All (Convo Point)
Location: Stackner Ballroom
Speaker: Dr. Kathy Obear
Focus of Development: Application

Old Ways of Looking at Autism and Neurodiversity vs. New Ways of Looking at Autism and Neurodiversity

Target Audience: Students (Convo Point)
Location: Hastad 140 or Virtual Link
Speaker: Michael John Carley
Focus of Development: Awareness

Responding to Microaggressions in Classrooms, Trainings and Meetings

Target Audience: Faculty and Staff
Location: Oak Room
Speaker: Dr. Patrick Grayshaw, Assistant Professor of Public Health
Focus of Development: Application

Closing Plenary  

2:00 p.m - 3:00 p.m. | Stackner Ballroom or Virtual Link
Speaker: Dr. Kathy Obear (Convo Point)

Closing Reflection

3:00 - 3:30 p.m.
Stackner Ballroom
Speakers: Elizabeth McCord, University Chaplain and Director of Spiritual Life and Jake Eisch, Director of Student Conduct and Victim Services

Affinity Gathering

3:30 - 4:00 p.m.
Stackner Ballroom
Speaker: Mohammed Bey
Join us as we welcome and embrase representation from around the Carroll Community and make connections to others from diverse, underrepresented background. 

Featured Presenter

Headshot of Michael Carley
Michael John Carley

Michael John Carley

Michael John Carley is an author, school and business consultant, and former Executive Director in the autism, neurodiversity, mental health, disability, and DEI worlds. He received his B.A. from Hampshire College and his M.F.A. from Columbia University.

Until 2001, Mr. Carley was the United Nations Representative of Veterans for Peace, Inc. In that time, he was known primarily for his work in Bosnia, and in Iraq as the Project Director of the internationally acclaimed Iraq Water Project. Prior to 2001, he was also a playwright who enjoyed 15 productions and 10 readings of his plays in New York. 

Along with his (then) 4-year old son, he was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome in November of 2000. Reevaluated in 2014 under DSM-5, he was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Between 2003 and 2013, as the Founder and first Executive Director of the Global and Regional Asperger Syndrome Partnership (GRASP), at the time the largest membership organization in the world that is comprised of adults on the autism spectrum, he spoke at over 100 conferences, hospitals, universities, and health care organizations. As the Executive Director of the Asperger Syndrome Training & Employment Partnership (ASTEP, now “Integrate”) from 2011-2014, he spoke at conferences focusing on Human Resources, Corporate Diversity & Inclusion, and he conducted numerous trainings and webinars for individual Fortune 1000 companies. From 2004-2016, he consulted for the New York City Public Schools, and he now not only consults for school districts nationwide, he also now consults in higher education.

In 2012, he was one of two people on the spectrum to address the United States Congress in their first-ever hearings on autism. He has addressed the United Nations, taken part in Dr. Amy Laurents’ TED talk, and his articles have been published in over a dozen publications—magazines such as Autism Spectrum News, Autism Spectrum Quarterly, and Autism/Asperger Digest; the Organization for Autism Research; and he also had a regular column called Autism Without Fear that existed for four years and more than 30 articles in the Huffington Post. He also regularly writes for Sinkhole, Exceptional Parent Magazine, and the blog of Neurodiversity Press.

Currently he is the Facilitator of New York University’s Connections Program for Global Students on the Autism Spectrum. 


Planning Team

Elizabeth Brzeski, Associate Dean for Student Affairs
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Reverend Elizabeth McCord, University Chaplain and Director of Spiritual Life
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Jake Eisch, Director of Student Conduct and Victim Services
Pronouns: He/Him/His

Kelly Pearse, Director of Human Resources
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Mohammed Bey, Vice President for Institutional Inclusion
Pronouns: He/Him/His

Dr. Theresa Barry, Vice President of Student Life
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Tricia Kortsehl, Administrative Assistant to the University Counsel and Vice President for Institutional Inclusion
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers


For questions regarding the Summit please contact:
​Tricia Kortsehl or
Mohammed Bey 

Fourth Annual DEI Summit
Panoramic View of campus