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Canisius is participating in the Buffalo Niagara Partnership’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Symposium on Thursday, June 1. This virtual half-day event offers dynamic DEI programming presented by industry leaders, with a wide variety of topics geared to different levels of experience.

Canisius is committed to advancing Diversity & Inclusion education within our organization and the DEI Symposium offers an ideal way to gain insight and best practices to advance our efforts. As we are able to register an unlimited number of employees under this pass, we can maximize our learning by ensuring that we have representatives attending as many microsessions as possible and sharing what we learn after the event.

What can you expect?

The day begins with the Keynote Address “Elevating Your D&I Impact in the Workplace for a Better Workforce” from Sandra Quince, CEO Paradigm for Parity, Bank of America Leader on Loan. Watch Sandra provide a sneak peek of her keynote here.

Following the keynote, there are two unique tracks of hour-long microsessions scheduled. Each is comprised of a presentation and either a Q&A or another interactive activity. You are welcome to choose the topic from each track that aligns with your personal or professional interest:

Microsessions Track 1 (10 AM -11 AM)

  1. Panel: DEI Successes and Challenges at Work
  2. Maintaining Momentum in the Face of D&I Fatigue
  3. Qualities of an Inclusive Leader
  4. LGBTQIA+ in the Workplace
  5. Mitigating Barriers to Upskilling Underserved Populations

Microsessions Track 2 (11:15 AM – 12:15 PM)

  1. Hiring and Retention Panel: Engage Diverse Candidates and Build a Culture of Inclusivity
  2. DEI Data Matters: How to Collect & Interpret Relevant Data
  3. Developing DEI Resources: Where Hello Can Take You
  4. Procurement: Expanding Business Opportunities for Minority-Owned Businesses
  5. 2022 DEI Community Assessment: What We Learned


The Symposium concludes with a Final Fifteen minutes dedicated to sharing insights and action items from the day. For more information on sessions and presenters, visit the BNP’s website.

Last year’s attendee comments were overwhelmingly positive about the event and the concepts that they were able to leverage at their organizations. We look forward to applying what we learn to enhance our D&I efforts.

To Register:

Registration Instructions 

If you have an account with us already, fill in your email in the “my information” section.

You may also skip and go directly to the attendee area if you do not have an account and do not wish to set one up.
Select – Corporate/Individual Attendee RSVP (Members Only)

  1. Register individual corporate pass or Individual ticket pass tickets – use provided promotional code to unlock complimentary pricing
  2. Put in the quantity of tickets
  3. Fill in the attendee information for each person(s)
  4. Enter the Promo code:2023CorpDEI 
  5. To make sure it applied the discount you will see: Total: $0 – Discounts have been applied - (next to the attendee #)
  6. Submit
  7. You will receive an email confirmation that you are registered.

Please contact the Office of Human Resources with any questions.

Submitted by: Linda M. Walleshauser, SPHR-SHRM-CP, Associate Vice President, Human Resources & Compliance