Leaders discuss diversity at SMU summit

R. Gerald Turner, Eddie Bernice Johnson, Karen Hughes, and Jose BowenCongresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (’76), who represents Texas District 30, spoke with a select group of middle school students and their parents Aug. 20 at the Youth Summit and Diversity Dialogue hosted by SMU. The summit, which represented 45 countries, also featured Karen Hughes (’77), Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs with the U.S. Department of State. The event was the result of a collaboration between Rep. Johnson and Meadows Dean José Bowen; Bowen and SMU President R. Gerald Turner were among the speakers.

“I wanted to be a part of building a world of peace and culture, so I decided to do something,” Rep. Johnson said. “It is important to learn about diversity now and set an example to the world.”

By studying foreign languages and traveling the world, people can become more informed citizens and learn to appreciate, not just tolerate, differences, said Ambassador Hughes. Read more and see conference highlights on video. (Left to right, President Turner, Rep. Johnson, Ambassador Hughes and Dean Bowen at the summit.)