CARBONDALE – Juan Manuel “John” Quiñones, ABC News correspondent, journalist and longtime host of “What Would You Do?” will be the keynote speaker as Southern Illinois University Carbondale celebrates Diversity Week Aug. 29 to Sept. 2.
The theme for the week is “Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: Cultivating a Culture for a Stronger and United Campus,” and numerous special events are planned. All are free.
“Diversity Week here at SIU is an opportunity to showcase our diverse students, staff and faculty family. This week serves as a sample of how we will continue to cultivate our inclusivity,” Paul Frazier, vice chancellor of anti-racism, diversity, equity and inclusion said in a press release.
Quiñones will present “What would You Do? Words of Wisdom About Doing the Right Thing” at 6 p.m. Aug. 29 in the Student Center Auditorium. Everyone is welcome to attend; there is no cost.
The veteran newscaster’s story began in poverty, doing migrant farm work, but he carved a pathway to success, breaking down barriers and winning accolades along the way to a successful broadcast career spanning more than 30 years. During his time with ABC News, he sat on the anchor desk for “20/20” and “Primetime” and earned seven national Emmy awards.
He created “What Would You Do?” and hosts the highly rated hidden camera news show, now in its 14th season, as it explores how people react when they encounter unexpected dilemmas. The proponent of the Latino American dream will talk with the SIU audience about human nature, ethical behavior and the “What Would You Do?” moments people face on a daily basis.