Higher Education Diversity Initiative to Team host its 3rd Annual Diversity Conference in Fond du Lac

October 24, 2017

Four Higher Education Institutions (HEDIT) is set to host their 3rd Annual Diversity Conference on November 9th at Moraine Park Technical College in Fond du Lac. The title for this year’s conference is Mental Health Effects of Hate and Displacement

HEDIT—which includes Marian University, Moraine Park Technical College, Ripon College and the University of Wisconsin- Fond du Lac will partner with spoken word artist Neil Hillborn to offer a full day educational sessions for college students, college staff, and members of the Fond du Lac Community. The conference is set to start promptly at 9:30 am through 3:30 pm. Check in and light breakfast begins at 8:30 am.

As HEDIT continue to collaborate on events supporting diversity and inclusion in and around Fond du Lac, this year’s conference will focus on the mental and emotional health issues of a diverse community. A rotation of a large group presentation and multiple break out smaller panel discussions will offer an array of topics for attendees to choose from including racial, religious, gender and sexual identity, mental and emotional health care and so forth.

To close the day, spoken word artist Neil Hilborn will use his poetry and audience interaction to powerfully illustrate several of the topics addressed in the sessions.

Students and staff from these institutions and members of the Fond du Lac County community are invited to attend. Bussing from Ripon College and Marian University is provided and information can be found during online registration.

There is no fee for the workshop but registration is required. Registration for Mental Health Effects of Hate and Displacement is available on-line at https://hedit-conference-2017.eventbrite.com

For more information contact HEDIT at hedit.fdl@gmail.com

Neil Hilborn’s Bio

Spoken Word Artist- Neil Hilborn is a slam poet who both writes and performs poetry. His poems often detail personal experiences and battles with mental illness or other disorders. He is best known for his poem “OCD”, which has garnered critical acclaim online with 10 million views. Hilborn regularly tours to perform his poetry at colleges and other venues. He is a College National Poetry Slam Champion, and a 2011 graduate with honors from Macalester College with a degree in Creative Writing. Neil was a member of the 2011 Macalester Poetry Slam team, which ranked first in the nation. He co-coached the 2012 Macalester team, leading them to a second place finish nationally. He was also a member of the Minneapolis adult National Poetry Slam team in 2011, which placed 5th out of 80 teams from cities across the country at the adult National Poetry Slam. In August of 2013, his poem “OCD” went viral, garnering over 10 million views to date, making it one of the most-viewed poems on YouTube.


The workshop is being planned by the Higher Education Diversity Initiative Team, (HEDIT), recipient of the 2012 Spirit of MLK Award for their efforts in organizing yearly events that lead, inspire, educate and challenge our students and our community to celebrate diversity. HEDIT is a team of faculty and staff formed by the Presidents and CEOs of Fond du Lac County’s four institutions of higher education to plan “an annual collaborative project designed to promote a climate of appreciation for all aspects of human diversity, supporting, fostering and welcoming inclusiveness, respect and dignity for all.” This conference is HEDIT’s seventh annual event. HEDIT’s Mission is to lead, inspire, educate and challenge their institutions and the Fond du Lac County community in promoting diversity and inclusiveness.

Press release originally posted by HEDIT