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Thursday, February 1

 Martin Luther King Jr. Days of Dialogue

KEYNOTE: Jason R. Thompson

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7:30pm | Wyoming Union Ballroom

Jason R. Thompson was named Director of Diversity and Inclusion for the United States Olympic Committee in April 2012. In his current role, Thompson is responsible for creating and managing the USOC's diversity and inclusion (D&I) initiatives. A 25-year veteran in the area of diversity and inclusion programs, Thompson previously served as vice president of diversity and community health improvement at INTEGRIS Health in Oklahoma City.

The diversity and inclusion programs developed by Jason have won several awards at the local and international level.  Most recently the D&I Scorecard developed by Jason received the top honor in the 2016 International Innovations in Diversity Awards program from the Profiles in Diversity Journal. Jason was also recognized as a 2017 and 2018 Diversity Leader by the Profiles in Diversity Journal. In 2015, the USOC D&I department received the Diversity Champion Award for Excellence from the Colorado SHRM.

Jason was also director for the Office of Diversity at the University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center. In 2006, he established the Undergraduate Pre-Health Program (UPP) at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, which earned honorable mention for the 2013 Examples of Excelencia for its work to accelerate Latino student success in higher education. The UPP program was recognized for the impact, innovative and the promising approach that it has had on Latino students.

He has served on local, regional and national committees for multiple organizations, including the Diversity and Inclusion Sports Consortium, Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy, Oklahoma Diversity Officers and Practitioners Consortium, United States Commission on Civil Rights, Advisory Board and the Center for African-American Health.

Thompson earned a master's and bachelor's degree in sociology from the University of Wyoming and is a graduate of Harvard's John F. Kennedy School executive training program.


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