Cultural Literacy and Competence Symposium
The University of Idaho Cultural Literacy and Competence Symposium is dedicated to Dr. Jane Baillargeon, UI leader extraordinaire.
This symposium, its theme and sessions, spring from Jane’s vision and leadership. She led the effort in calling for a cultural competence and capacity building forum and in forming the broad coalition of offices, organizations, committees and people that are the sponsors of today’s event
Jane passed away on March 11, 2014 after a brief illness and she is greatly missed. Her passion and dedication to her work, to her institution, to her community and to the principles and goals of diversity, access, equity and inclusion are an example to us all. She was passionate about her work and passionate about the University of Idaho. Her dedication, humor, and interest in making the University of Idaho a better place continue to leave a lasting impact on the University.
Vernon A. Wall
Author - Lecturer - Consultant
Vernon A. Wall has accumulated over 30 years of professional Student Affairs experience at Iowa State University, the University of Georgia, UNC-Charlotte and UNC-Chapel Hill. He has experience in Greek life, new student orientation, student activities, leadership development, global education and university housing. Vernon currently lives in Washington DC where he serves as the Director of Business Development for LeaderShape, Inc. Prior to this position, Vernon served as the Senior Director for Professional Development, Research & Scholarship for the American College Personnel Association (ACPA - College Student Educators International) and as Assistant Dean of Students at Iowa State University. In spring of 1998, Vernon sailed with Semester at Sea as a member of the Student Life Team accompanying 600 students on a voyage around the world. With degrees from North Carolina State University and Indiana University, Vernon is the consummate scholar-practitioner. Vernon has received numerous awards for his contributions to the quality of student life in is a nationally known speaker in the areas of social justice and leadership styles and is one of the founders and facilitators of the Social Justice Training Institute. Vernon has written several articles and has co-edited two books on issues of inclusion on today’s college campus. His award-winning programs and presentations have been seen by thousands of students, faculty, and staff on campuses across the country. Vernon’s passion for social justice and inclusion is grounded in a quote from his late grandmother: “May the work I’ve done speak for me.”