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.

Mary Frances BerrryThursday, March 27, 2014, 4:30 p.m.,
Iris S. and Bert L. Wolstein Research Building Auditorium, CWRU campus


Mary Frances Berry
"Achieving Diversity and Opportunity in the 21st Century:
Now is the Time"


Mary Frances Berry is former chair of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, an educator, author and historian. She was appointed by President Bill Clinton to the U.S. Civil Rights Commission. She has served as Assistant Secretary for Education in the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare. Berry is a professor of American Social Thought and of History at the University of Pennsylvania. Her latest book is entitled Power in Words: The Stories behind Barack Obama's Speeches, from the State House to the White House.



CWRU Faculty Lectures

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 3 p. m., Thwing Center, 1914 Lounge


Ruqaiijah YearbyRuqaiijah Yearby, JD, MPH

Professor of Law and Associate Director of CWRU's Law-Medicine Center

"Separate and Unequal Health Care in a 'Post- Racial' World: The Paradox of Fixing Racial Disparities in Health Without Addressing Racial Bias"


A nationally and internationally recognized scholar and presenter, Professor Yearby's scholarship focuses on two emerging fields of health law: 1) law, justice and medical research and 2) racial disparities in elder care. Using empirical data, her research explores the ways in which laws enacted to grant equal access to quality health care through traditional means, while ostensibly aimed at protecting the disenfranchised, pose significant barriers to the victims of discrimination and exploitation by limiting their right to pursue legal claims to rectify egregious harms.



Tuesday, April 8, 2014 3 p.m., Thwing Center, 1914 Lounge

Ronald Hickman, PhD, RN, ACNP-BC

Assistant Professor at CWRU's Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing He also holds a clinical appointment in the Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine at University Hospitals Case Medical Center


"Leveraging the Power of the Community to Improve Health"

Before being appointed as an assistant professor, he spent four years developing a program of research focused on innovative interventions to enhance health care decision-making and discovery of genomic biomarkers for chronic respiratory failure.


Hickman is among a handful of nurse scientists across the nation who has had the opportunity to receive an institutional career development award (KL2), which is a component of the School of Medicine’s Clinical and Translational Science Collaborative of Cleveland. He is developing and testing biobehavioral interventions—from face-to-face conversations to innovative eHealth solutions—that provide high-quality decision support to patients and families faced with treatment decisions.


October 7, 2013

John Quiñones

A 20/20 Vision of Diversity

John Quiñones is anchor of the Primetime television series What Would You Do? He is a seven-time Emmy Award winner and ABC's first Latino news correspondent. Quinones is also co-anchor of ABC's news show Primetime Live. His series What Would You Do? shows how people react when confronted with various dilemmas, including those that deal with race, gender, age and other diversity factors.


In 2010, Quiñones was the first reporter out of the 2,000 journalists who covered the Chilean Mining Disaster to get an exclusive interview with one of the survivors. In addition, he has extensively covered a religious sect in Northern Arizona that forces its young female members to take part in polygamous marriages and he followed a group of would-be Mexican immigrants as they attempted to cross into the US via the treacherous route known as "The Devil's Highway," among many other endeavors.


Quiñones has anchored the critically acclaimed ABC News special Latin Beat, which focused on the wave of Latin talent sweeping the US, the impact of the recent population explosion, and how it will affect the nation as a whole. He joined ABC News in June 1982 as a general assignment correspondent based in Miami. During the '80s, he spent nearly a decade in Nicaragua, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Panama reporting for World News Tonight.


Prior to joining ABC News, he was a reporter in Chicago. He won two Emmy Awards for his 1980 reporting on the plight of illegal aliens from Mexico. He also worked in radio and as an anchor and reporter in Houston, Texas.


Quiñones received a Bachelor of Arts degree in speech communications from St. Mary's University, San Antonio, Texas. He received a Masters from the Columbia School of Journalism.




Kristin_WilliamsCWRU Faculty Lectures

September 19, 2913

Kristin Williams DDS, MPH

CWRU Dental Public Health,
Assistant Professor, Dept. of Community Dentistry

Meeting a Community Need: Increasing Diversity
Within the Dental Health Profession


Dr. Kristin Williams has been involved with preventing and treating dental disease in lower-income families. After sixteen years in private practice, she has recently shifted her focus to public health outreach and research. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Community Dentistry at the School of Dental Medicine at Case Western Reserve University.


Dr. Williams is assistant director for the Healthy Smiles Sealant Program which provides free dental care and education annually to over 5,000 children of the Cleveland Municipal School District. She is also involved with research around the delivery of dental prevention and the growing link between medical and dental issues for the dental patient. She attended John Carroll University, University Heights, Ohio for her undergraduate; her DDS degree from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio; and her MPH from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio.



John H. FloresOctober 29, 2013

John H. Flores, PhD

CWRU Assistant Professor of History and Climo Junior Professor,
College of Arts and Sciences

The Brown Power Movement of the 1920s: Reinterpreting Mexican Chicago

John H. Flores specializes in Mexican American history, and his research interests include modern Mexico; the history of immigration and citizenship in the United States, multinational political and labor movements; and ethnic, racial, and national identity formation.  His current book manuscript, “On the Wings of the Revolution: Migration, Transnational Politics, and the Making of a Midwestern Mexican American Identity,” traces the ideologies and activities of Mexican immigrant organizations back to their regional origins in Mexico, revealing how the political climate in specific locales in Mexico shaped immigrant political actions in the United States during the first half of the twentieth century. Professor Flores teaches courses on Latina/os, immigration, labor, and racial and ethnic relations.

Johnnetta B. Cole, PhD

Former college president and current director of the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of African Art


The Case for Diversity and Inclusion in American Higher Education

Johnnetta B. ColeJohnnetta B. Cole, PhD, was the featured speaker for the Spring 2013 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)



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.


Deepak Sarma, PhD

Professor of South Asian religions and philosophy, CWRU.


DARE: Articulating Race and Ethnicity

Dr. Sarma discussed 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.


Emmitt R. Jolly Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Biology,
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Center for Global Health and Disease

"The Biochemistry of Life: A Model of Diversity"


Dr. Emmitt Jolly has been involved in issues concerning minorities and education since he was in high school, where he began giving motivational speeches and talks to junior high students in poor and at risk schools. He was a Ford Foundation Fellow and a UNCF/Merck Dissertation Fellow at UCSF and finished his Ph.D in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology studying gene expression and transcriptional regulation during meiosis.


Jolly was founder and president of the Student Literature Redistribution Project, an organization focused of donating scientific journals to schools and universities in need. He served as president of the Black Student Health Alliance for two years and oversaw numerous health related and community related projects including Health Education Day in which students from local high schools were brought to campus to learn health careers in medicine, nursing, dentistry, pharmacy and medical/ basic research. His numerous endeavors led to him being honored with the USCF Chancellors Dr. Martin Luther King Award in 1999. Emmitt Jolly is committed to increasing diversity in science and science related areas.



Mae Jemison, MD

First African American Woman in Space;
Founder and President of Two Medical Technology Companies

"Science and Technology Advances and Innovation through Diversity: People, Perspective and Purpose"


Mae Jemison received a Doctor of Medicine degree from Cornell University in 1981. Dr. Jemison has practiced medicine as a volunteer in a Cambodian refugee camp and as a medical officer with the Peace Corps in West Africa. She was working as a general practitioner in Los Angeles, California when NASA selected her and 14 others for astronaut training. Dr. Jemison completed her training as a mission specialist with NASA in 1988. In September of 1992, as a mission specialist aboard the Shuttle Endeavour, Mae Jemison became the first African-American woman to enter space.

In 1993, Dr. Jemison resigned from NASA and founded the Jemison Group, Inc. Among her current projects are several that focus on improving healthcare in Africa and advancing technology in developing countries.



Joy R. Bostic, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Religious Studies.

"Justice-Making and the Beloved Community:
The Power of Diversity in University Circle


Dr. Bostic graduated with a Ph.D. in Systematic Theology from Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York in 2006. In New York City, she also taught courses in theology and religion at Fordham University at Lincoln Center. In addition, she coordinated the Barnard Columbia Rape Crisis/Anti-Violence Support Center and served as the Executive Director of the African American Task Force on Violence Against Women, a community-based organization in Central Harlem.


At Case Western Reserve, Dr. Bostic's teaching focuses on such areas as African American religion and culture, religion and healing, and issues in social justice and urban religion. Her scholarship includes essays, edited works and contributed chapters on mysticism, contemporary religious thought and practice, and womanist/feminist perspectives in religion. She is currently working on a book about mysticism, activism and nineteenth century African American women.


Joy R. Bostic received her B.A. from Indiana University in 1987 and a Juris Doctor and Master of Arts in Public Policy and Management from The Ohio State University in 1990. In 1993, she earned a Master of Divinity from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois and was ordained a Progressive Baptist minister. While attending Garrett, she also served as a Research Assistant with the Religion in Urban America Project (an ethnographic study funded by the Lilly Endowment) housed at the University of Illinois at Chicago.


"Innovation and Diversity: What Does Success Look Like?"


Luke Visconti is the Chief Executive Officer of DiversityInc Media LLC. He directs all editorial and business operations of the publication, as well as events and the consulting practice.


Mr. Visconti developed and directs the methodology for The DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity®, now in its 12th year. He also established the benchmarking consulting practice that is the core of DiversityInc's business. His column, "Ask the White Guy," is a top draw on DiversityInc.com. He is a frequent senior-level lecturer on the business benefits of diversity to corporations, business groups and nonprofit organizations.


Mr. Visconti founded DiversityInc in 1998. He founded the DiversityInc Foundation in 2006 and has endowed scholarships at Bennett College for Women, New Jersey City University (HSI) and the Education Opportunity Funds at both Camden and Newark campuses at Rutgers University. He donates all of his speaking fees and distributed more than $500,000 from the DiversityInc Foundation and been responsible for raising over $2 million for the Rutgers Future Scholars program.


Prior to entering the publishing industry, he was on active duty as a naval aviator and commissioned officer with the U.S. Navy from 1982 to 1990, and in the reserves until 1992.




"Hate, Affinity and Merit: Why Diversity Matters"


Raymond Ku is Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, co-director of the Center for Law, Technology and the Arts, and co-director of the Cyberspace Law and Policy Office. Prof. Ku clerked for the Hon. Timothy K. Lewis, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. He then practiced constitutional, intellectual property and antitrust law with Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, LLP, and First Amendment/media and intellectual property law with Levine Pierson Sullivan & Koch, LLP, both in Washington, D.C. He has taught at Cornell, Seton Hall University, Thomas Jefferson, and St. Thomas University law schools. An internationally recognized and prolific scholar, his articles appear in the law reviews and journals of Berkeley, Chicago, Fordham, Georgetown, Minnesota, Stanford, Tulane, Vanderbilt, and Wisconsin, among others. He is the lead author of the first Cyberlaw casebook.




"Bread for the Body, Bread for the Mind: The Need for Active Culture"

Dr. Loue is professor and Director in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics and the Director of the Center for Minority Public Health of the School of Medicine. Her primary research focus is on HIV risk and prevention and family violence in marginalized communities, such as non-English speakers, immigrants, sexual and ethnic/racial minorities, and persons with severe mental illness. Other research interests include forensic epidemiology, severe mental illness, and ethical issues in the conduct of research with vulnerable persons. She has authored over 70 peer-reviewed articles and 58 book chapters, and has authored and/or edited 27 books. Dr. Loue is also ordained as an interfaith minister.




LaShanda T. Korley

"Promoting Diversity in Academia: The Importance of Mentoring"

Dr. Korley is the Nord Distinguished Assistant Professor, Macromolecular Science and Engineering. She the Prinicipal Investigator ofthe Korley Research Group. The focus is the development of mechanically-enhanced, multifunctional polymeric materials for a myriad of applications, including energy and sustainability, biomedical engineering, protective fabrics, and structural materials. They seek to understand the influence of domain architecture, self-assembly, and structural interplay on material behavior.


Dr. Korley was awarded a five-year, $490,000 NSF CAREER Award from DMR for her proposal entitled, CAREER: Hierarchical Polymeric Hybrids – Lessons from Nature in Mechanical Behavior. January 2010.


"The Economic Case for Diversity"

Dr. Malveaux was the 15th president of Bennett College. She is an African-American economist, author, liberal social and political commentator, and businesswoman.


As a writer and syndicated columnist, her work has appeared regularly in USA Today, Black Issues in Higher Education, Ms. magazine, Essence magazine, and The Progressive. Her weekly columns appear in numerous newspapers including the Los Angeles Times, the Charlotte Observer, the New Orleans Tribune, the Detroit Free Press, the San Francisco Examiner and the San Francisco Sun Reporter.


Described by Dr. Cornel West as "the most iconoclastic public intellectual in the country", Malveaux contributes to the public dialogue on issues such as race, culture, gender, and their economic impacts. In 1990, Malveaux, long with 15 other African American women and men, formed the African-American Women for Reproductive Freedom.


In February 2012, Malveaux announced that she would be stepping down from this position in May 2012, saying in a statement that "while I remain committed to [historically black colleges and universities] and the compelling cause of access in higher education, I will actualize that commitment, now, in other arenas. I will miss Bennett College and will remain one of its most passionate advocates."




Charles Ogletree

"Why Diversity Matters in the Obama Era"


Charles Ogletree is the Harvard Law School Jesse Climenko Professor of Law and Director of the Criminal Justice Institute. In addition, Professor Ogletree serves Harvard Law School as the Executive Director of the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice as well as Director of the Trial Advocacy Workshop and Saturday School Program. Professor Ogletree is a prominent legal theorist who has made an international reputation by taking a hard look at complex issues of law and by working to secure the rights guaranteed by the Constitution for everyone equally under the law.


Professor Ogletree has examined these issues not only in the classroom, on the Internet and in the pages of prestigious law journals, but also in the everyday world of the public defender in the courtroom and in public television forums where these issues can be dramatically revealed. Armed with an arsenal of facts, Charles Ogletree presents and discusses the challenges that face our justice system and its attempt to deliver equal treatment to all our citizens. He furthers dialogue by insisting that the justice system protect rights guaranteed to those citizens by law. He is the author of The Presumption of Guilt: The Arrest of Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Race, Class, and Crime in America.




"The Power of Diversity or the Diversity of Power? Reflections on Difference, Power and Privilege"


Sue Hinze, PhD is Associate Professor of Sociology and Director of Women's and Gender Studies at CWRU. Dr. Hinze's interests lie rimarily in medical sociology, social inequality and the emerging work/family or work/ life nexus. Most of her research has been on physicians. As a "doctor-watcher," she has used quantitative and qualitative methodologies to examine medical culture. She has studied and written about gender differences in medical specialty choice, links between family life and the career paths and patterns of physicians, sexual harassment in medical training, and how women and men "do gender" and family in medical marriages. At the heart of her work is a focus on how individual choices can only be understood within the context of gendered social structural arrangements.