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Feb. 15 diversity symposium focuses on Inclusive Excellence

There is so much happening with diversity, both on our campus and in the nation, that this year we will expand our very productive discussions and work at the annual fall Campus Diversity Forum into a spring semester session on Friday, Feb. 15 from 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at the Pyle Center, 702 Langdon Street.

The Inclusive Excellence Winter Symposium will be an opportunity to widen and deepen our understanding of current diversity topics, specifically the potential changes on the legal interpretation of race as a component of affirmative action and our campus-wide diversity planning process, which is now in full swing.

Our day will include an update on the Supreme Court’s examination of the Fisher v. University of Texas-Austin case by Policy and Legal Advisor Katherine Lipper of EducationCouncil, LLC. EducationCounsel is an innovative law, policy, strategy and advocacy organization committed to strengthening education systems, closing achievement gaps and expanding access to educational opportunities.

co-founded by educational policy expert and attorney Art Coleman operates under the umbrella of the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP), a nonpartisan global research and policy center that serves as a resource on complex issues for higher education organizations committed to increasing access and success in post-secondary education.

We’ll also continue our discussion on diversity with an informative keynote speaker, Nancy “Rusty” Barcelo, Ph.D., President of Northern New Mexico College (NNMC).  She is one of the nation’s foremost experts on Inclusive Excellence and very familiar with the issues and challenges of Midwest institutions as the former Vice President and Vice Provost for Equity and Diversity at the University of Minnesota.

As always, you’ll also have another opportunity to provide feedback on the future direction the university should take on defining and improving its diversity under the 2013 Diversity Planning process.

So please register to join us on February 15:

Damon A. Williams, Vice Provost and Chief Diversity Officer