Fireside Chat

Joining President LaForge is Dr. Temika Simmons, assistant professor of psychology, who is co-chair of the Winning the Race conference committee.

Delta State is gearing up for the third annual Winning the Race conference on March 28 and 29. It will be two days of meaningful dialogue that will build on the discussions from previous years.

This conference has been recognized for taking the lead on race relations by being honored with the 2014 Civil Rights and Social Justice award at the National Civil Rights Conference in Philadelphia, Mississippi. Delta State is pleased to host this unique and valuable dialogue concerning issues of importance to everyone in the Delta and in the State of Mississippi.

This year’s conference, titled “Winning the Race: Advancing Social Justice in Communities and Institutions,” promises to break new ground as we discuss educational and economic opportunities, engage Delta municipalities in collaborative conversation about our communities, and hear from world-class speakers.

Two highlight speakers will be featured during this year’s schedule: Tim Wise, the author of seven books, including his highly-acclaimed memoir, “White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son,” and, Ari Berman, a contributing writer for The Nation magazine, and an investigative journalism fellow at The Nation Institute.

To learn more about this award-winning conference, visit, and make plans to join us on campus March 28 and 29.

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