Symposium to examine diversity on campus

by Dennis Brown

Herman Blake and Emily Moore, cofounders of Scholars for Educational Excellence and Diversity, Inc., and faculty members at Iowa State University, will lead a symposium on campus diversity Thursday-Friday (March 22-23) at the University of Notre Dame.p. Titled “Conceptualizing Diversity in Higher Education for a New Millennium,” the symposium has been organized by Notre Dame’s African and African-American Studies Program and is free and open to the public.p. Blake and Moore, a husband and wife team with a combined 50 years of experience in university teaching, research and administration, will coordinate workshops and forums for students, faculty and staff on a wide variety of topics related to diversity on college and universitiy campuses in general and at Notre Dame in particular.p. Highlighting the symposium will be two presentations by Blake and Moore on Thursday in the McKenna Hall auditorium, the first, titled “Diversity and Educational Formation of Leaders in the Emerging Global Economy,” at 3:30 p.m., and the second, titled “Conceptualizing Diversity in Higher Education for a New Millennium: Defining Terms, Determining Goals, and Delimiting Strategies,” at 7 p.m.p. Other symposium events and activities include:p. ? An undergraduate student forum on campus concerns and issues from noon-2 p.m. Thursday in the dining room of McKenna Hallp. ? A working breakfast on issues related to campus climate, recruitment and retention, academic affairs and curriculum from 8:30-10:30 a.m. at the CafE de Gr’sta in Grace Hallp. ? A lunch session on the roles of administrators, departments, programs, centers and institutes in furthering the diversity agenda at Notre Dame from noon-1:30 p.m. in Room 103 of the Hesburgh Center for International Studiesp. ? A workshop for graduate students on diversity in teaching, research and professional development from 2-3:30 p.m. in Room 103 of the Hesburgh Centerp. ?A informal discussion on diversity as it relates to the Catholic identity and mission of Notre Dame from 4-5 p.m. in Room 103 of the Hesburgh Centerp. ? A closing prayer service from 5:15-5:45 p.m. in Room 103 of the Hesburgh Centerp. Blake has been the director of the African American Studies Department and a professor of sociology, educational leadership, and policy studies at Iowa State since 1998. He previously served as vice chancellor for undergraduate education at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, the president of Tougaloo (Miss.) College and the provost of the University of California, Santa Cruz. In addition to his research on minority students in higher education, he also studies service learning initiatives, faculty and staff development, and urban militants.p. Moore, a professor of educational leadership and policy studies at Iowa State, previously was vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty at Concordia University in St. Paul, Minn., and dean of teacher education and interim academic dean at Concordia College in Ann Arbor, Mich. Her current research interests include health education intervention relative to HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa, China (Hong Kong) and rural and urban cities in North America; health behaviors among the black elderly in South Carolina; spirituality; and academic and administrative mobility of women and people of color in higher education administration.p. The couple’s Scholars for Educational Excellence and Diversity, Inc., is a consulting firm that operates on the principle that educational excellence and racial diversity are intrinsically linked.p. Joining the African and African-American Studies Program as sponsors for the symposium are Notre Dame’s Gender Studies Program, Graduate School, Institute for Latino Studies, Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts, Kaneb Center for Teaching and Learning, Mendoza College of Business, Multicultural Student Programs and Services, offices of the president and provost, and Department of Theology.

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