Morning Plenary Presentation

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Caty Borum Chattoo (Executive Director, Center for Media & Social Impact)

The Creative Power of “Yes, And” in a World of “No, But”: Comedy for Empowering Community and Social Justice

Comedy is a potent force of cultural influence and entertainment, capable of capturing attention, bringing people together, showing solidarity through diverse representation of lived experiences, and providing a source of hope and optimism in even dire social challenges. When it comes to social justice, comedy is powerful in its ability to open minds and spark connections through play and laughter. Professor Caty Borum Chattoo, co-author of A Comedian and An Activist Walk Into a Bar: The Serious Role of Comedy in Social Justice (University of California Press, 2020) and co-founder/director of the Yes, And Laughter Lab, a program of the Center for Media & Social Impact, tells us about the generative energy of contemporary comedy and why it matters.

Watch the recorded Morning Plenary.


  • Kiho Kim: 00.01 – 02:07
  • Monica Jackson: 02:09 – 03:39
  • Ann Ferren: 03:43 – 09:56
  • Monica Jackson: 10:00 – 11:20
  • President Sylvia Burwell: 11:28 – 19:38
  • Caty Borum Chattoo: 19:43 – End

Lunch Plenary Presentation

12:40 p.m. – 1:40 p.m.

Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Tenure, Promotion, and Reappointment

Panel: Lilian Baeza-Mendoza (World Languages & Cultures), Meg Bentley (Biology), Derrick Cogburn (School of International Service / Information Technology & Analytics), Parthiban David (Management), Jessica Gephart (Environmental Science), Leena Jayaswal (School of Communication) & Marquise McGraw (Public Administration & Policy)

Moderated by Monica Jackson (Interim Deputy Provost & Dean of Faculty)

Panelists will update colleagues on work being undertaken across the university to build a diverse community supported by equitable structures and a culture of inclusion. School-based initiatives will be described as well as initiatives being driven by the Faculty Senate and the NSF-funded ADVANCE grant team. The discussion will focus on drawing lessons learned thus far and identifying opportunities for future progress.