• History


    Commitment to Community was first organized by two undergraduate students in 1997-98 who were concerned about the university climate regarding issues of diversity and multiculturalism. Our modest beginnings have been so impactful to our communities that we begin each academic year with an inspiring keynote speaker. This tradition was started with Dr. Cornell West’s address in 1997 and has continued each year with important educators, scholars and writers.

    Keynote Speakers

    Here is a list of some of the Keynote Speakers that C2C has sponsored:
      

     

    1997

              

    Dr. Cornell West, educator, author, social commentator

    1998

     

    Kweisi Mfume, former president/CEO of the NAACP

    1999

     

    Rebecca Walker, author

    2000

     

    Helen Zia, journalist

    2001

     

    Ray Suarez, journalist 

    2002

     

    Winona LaDuke, activist and leader

    2003

     

    Dr. J. Herman Blake, educator

    2004

     

    Paul Kivel, activist and author

    2005

     

    Dennis Banks, activist and author 

    2006

     

    Dr. Carlos Cortés, author and educator

    2007

     

    Patricia Williams, J.D., legal scholar, educator and author

    2008

     

    Dr. Ronald Takaki, educator and author

    2009

     

    Keith Boykin, author, journalist and social commentator

     2010 

     

    Arun Gandhi, social justice and peace activist

     2011 

     

    Dr. Yvonne Haddad, scholar and expert in Islam and Muslims

     

    2012

     

    Michelle Alexander, attorney, author and professor

     

    2013

     

    Tim Wise, prominent anti-racist activist, social critic and author

    2014

     

    Keith Ellison, Congressman and author