OFFICE OF INCLUSION, DIVERSITY & EQUAL OPPORTUNITY
POWER OF DIVERSITY LECTURE SERIES
All events are free and open to the public
The Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity sponsors the Power of Diversity lecture series to inspire campus dialogue, community engagement and civic education and learning about the national narrative on diversity and inclusion. The annual series includes two distinguished guest speakers from the national or international scene and four scholars from our own faculty.
The speakers include scholars, thought leaders and diversity professionals whose research, scholarship, leadership and advocacy enhance the university's efforts to present diverse ideas, perspectives and viewpoints to inspire greater understanding and appreciation for inclusive excellence.
Tuesday, March 19 at 3 p. m.
Thwing Center, 1914 Lounge.
Dorothy Miller, PhD
Director of the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women and Clinical Associate Professor at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at CWRU
Struggling to Get It Right: Gender, Race and Class Through a Lesbian, Feminist Lens
As director of the Center, Dr. Dorothy Miller is building on the efforts of the Flora Stone Mather Alumnae Association, Women's Coalition and many other campus women's organizations to develop a cohesive program addressing women students, faculty, staff, community and alumnae. She was hired in 2002 to create the Center for Women.
Prior to joining CWRU Miller spent 13 years, including six as chair, on the faculty of the Center for Women's Studies at Wichita State University.
Dr. Miller's research agenda is focused on women's economic well-being. Her publications include the book, Women and Social Welfare: A Feminist Analysis. Her most recent publication is a co-edited book, Socializing Care: Feminist Ethics and Social Issuesincluded in Rowman and Littlefield's Feminist Constructions series. The volume attempts to dispel that criticism often levied that care ethics is too narrow in scope and fails to extend to issues of social justice. Miller, who is also Clinical Associate Professor at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at CWRU, received her bachelor's degree in English literature from the University of Pennsylvania and her master's degree in social work and doctor of social welfare in social policy degrees from Columbia University.
Tuesday, April 9 at 3 p.m. Thwing Center, 1914 Lounge
Deepak Sarma, PhD
Professor of South Asian religions and philosophy, CWRU.
DARE: Articulating Race and Ethnicity
Dr Sarma will discuss an exploration of the construction of racial and ethnic categories and the paradox of accepting and enacting stereotypes in order to demolish them.
His current reflections and research focus on cultural theory, racism and post-colonialism. Sarma is the author of Classic Indian Philosophy: A Reader and Hinduism: A Reader as well as other publications and articles.
Johnnetta B. Cole, PhD
The Case for Diversity and Inclusion in American Higher Education
Recorded February 11, 2013
Former college president and current director of the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of African Art Johnnetta B. Cole, PhD, was the featured speaker for the spring Power of Diversity Lecture Series sponsored by the Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity.
Cole discussed "The Case for Diversity and Inclusion in American Higher Education." She was the first African American woman president of Spelman College (GA) from 1987 to 1997. She also served as president of Bennett College for Women (NC) from 2002-2007, where she completed a $50 million campaign, opened an art gallery and initiated programs in Africana women's studies and global studies. In addition, Cole was the first African American woman to serve as board chair of United Way of America.
Cole is also professor emeritus of Emory University from which she retired as Presidential Distinguished Professor of anthropology, women's studies and African American studies. She is the author of numerous articles and publications and is co-author of the book Gender Talk: The Struggle for Women's Equality in African American Communities (2003)
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