Respected voice on diversity to deliver BOOM Conference keynote

Marc Lamont Hill from Morehouse College will deliver the keynote address for the BOOM: Building On Our Momentum conference on March 27.

Marc Lamont Hill, one of the nation’s most respected voices on diversity, will deliver the BOOM: Building On Our Momentum conference keynote address on Monday, March 27, at 4:15 p.m. in Chapin Auditorium.

Ebony Magazine has named Hill one of America’s 100 most influential black leaders. The BOOM learning conference is a multi-faceted, two-day event that will bring together MHC students, faculty and staff to engage around the topics of diversity, equity and inclusion. The event will feature speakers, poster sessions, small panels, presentations, film screenings and interactive activities.

Hill is the host of BET News and VH1 Live!, a political contributor to CNN, professor of African-American studies at Morehouse College and the author of four books. His most recent book is "Nobody: Casualties of America’s War on the Vulnerable, from Ferguson to Flint and Beyond." Hill’s keynote, sponsored by the Division of Student Life, will be followed by a book signing, an opportunity for the community to meet Hill and a dinner with student leaders.

Hill will address challenges and strategies for creating an inclusive community on college campuses in 2017 and beyond, including how every individual plays a role in creating and sustaining a diverse, socially just, equitable and inclusive environment. He will also discuss ways in which Mount Holyoke College can create positive social change.

The community will benefit from a speaker whose reputation, vision and accomplishments are so impressive, said Marcella Runell Hall, vice president for student life and dean of students.

“Marc is truly gifted, and brilliant at discussing complex issues of diversity and inclusion with humor and warmth, but also a laser focus on what is important,” she said.

Before Morehouse, Hill held positions at Columbia and Temple universities.