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The Inaugural Rodney Sisco Symposium

The Wheaton College Office of Intercultural Engagement invites you to join us as we honor Rodney Sisco’s legacy with the Inaugural The Rodney Sisco Symposium for Transformational Leadership, Diversity and Equity Practices hosted and co-sponsored by Wheaton College, the Caribbean American Family Network, and The Association for Christians in Student Development on February 5th and 6th. The Symposium is a two-day event hosted each year at a college campus to promote Christ-centered leadership, diversity, and equity in honor of the legacy of the late Rodney K. Sisco, '84.

The second annual Rodney K. Sisco Diversity Student’s Choice Award will be presented on Wednesday, February 5th in Edman Chapel at 6:30 p.m. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Bernice A. King, daughter of Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King Jr.  

The following day will include panel discussions, a spoken word performance by Stevener Gaskin '18, and the musical, 1619: The Journey of a People, directed and produced by Ted Williams III. Other guests include V. Elizabeth Perkins, Pastor Chris Cannon, and Dr. Daniel Hill. These events are free and open to the public. View the full schedule of events below:

February 5, 2020

Chapel Service

Edman Memorial Chapel, 10:40 - 11:40 a.m., Dr. Daniel Hill, Hebrews 12:1-13
Music by Pianist Huntley Brown and The Wheaton College Gospel Choir

The Second Annual Rodney K. Sisco Diversity Student's Choice Award Ceremony

Edman Memorial Chapel, 6:30 – 7:00 p.m.

Keynote Speech: "A Prophet Without Honor" and Q & A Session

Edman Memorial Chapel
7:00 – 8:15 p.m., Dr. Bernice A. King

"Hard Questions, Heart Answers: Sermons and Speeches" Book Signing 

Edman Memorial Chapel, 8:15 - 9:00 p.m., Dr. Bernice A. King

February 6, 2020

Inspiring the Good in Diverse Relationships

Coray Alumni Gymnasium, 9:30 - 10:30 a.m., V. Elizabeth Perkins and Pastor Chris Cannon, John and Vera Mae Perkins Foundation

The Biblical Vision for Kingdom DiversityPanel Discussion 

Coray Alumni Gymnasium, 10:45 - 11:45 a.m.

Lunch Break 

11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

Right Words, Right Hearts, Right Actions: Framing the Narrative and Behaviors for Diversity and Inclusion Panel Discussion   

Coray Alumni Gymnasium, 1:00- 2:00 p.m.   

Arts in the Liberation Struggle Panel Discussion

Coray Alumni Gymnasium, 2:15 - 3:15 p.m.

Dinner Break 

3:15 - 6:30 p.m.

1619: The Journey of a People Musical Production                        

6:30 - 8:30 p.m., The Billy Graham Center, Barrows Auditorium
by Professor Ted Williams III


For more information, email sisco.symposium@wheaton.edu