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Power of Diversity Lecture Series

Power of Diversity Lecture Series

‌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.

All events are free and open to the public.
For more information email janetta.hammock@case.edu.

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Power of Diversity Lecture Series (Spring 2018)

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Steve Pemberton

Chief Human Resources Officer, Globoforce, Former Senior Executive, Walgreens & Diversity Leader

"One America: The Micro Cultural Changes to Bring the ‘United’ back into the U.S.A."

Pemberton is chief human resources officer for Globoforce, a provider of social recognition and performance development business solutions. He works with human resources and senior executives worldwide to help build workplaces where employees feel recognized, respected, and appreciated.


Previously, Pemberton served in executive positions at Walgreens. He served as the company’s first chief diversity officer and later headed Walgreens’ Boots Alliance, the first pharmacy-led health and well-being enterprise in the world.


Pemberton is widely recognized as a diversity expert.  In addition, as a result of his difficult childhood in foster care, he is an advocate for the youth and disenfranchised.  His organization, the Pemberton Fund for the Future, provides support to children aging out of foster care.   

His 2012 best-selling memoir, A Chance in the World, chronicles his life from a child in foster care to a top business executive.

Steve Pemberton

Steve Pemberton, Chief Human Resources Officer, Globoforce, Former Senior Executive, Walgreens & Diversity Leader

Cheryl Toman, PhD

Tuesday, February 20, 2018
3 p.m., Senior Classroom
Tinkham Veale University Center

Cheryl Toman, PhD

Chair, CWRU Department of Modern Languages and Literature & Professor of French
Director of Women’s and Gender Studies Program

“The Fight for Inclusion in the African Canon: Women Writers of Cameroon & Gabon.”

Professor Toman’s area of research is African women’s writing with a special emphasis on authors from Gabon, Cameroon, and Mali. She also has a secondary interest in women in the Arab world, specifically of the Middle East.

Her most recent book, Women Writers of Gabon: Literature and Herstory (Lexington Books, 2016) is the first book-length study in English of Gabonese literature. The study discusses the perceived “invisibility” of women writers and focuses on the major contributions of Gabon’s first generation of female authors.

Professor Toman’s first book, Contemporary Matriarchies in Cameroonian Francophone Literature (Summa, 2008) is the first comprehensive text on the history of women’s writing in Francophone Cameroon and concentrates specifically on women’s empowerment using African constructs to interpret tradition.

Toman has also directed four collections of essays uncluding Defying the Global Language: Perspectives in Ethnic Studies (Teneo, 2013).

An accomplished translator, Toman has translated several books, short stories, and poetry including the first novel written by an African woman, Thérèse Kuoh-Moukoury’s Rencontres essentielles (Essential Encounters) that appeared in the MLA Texts and Translations Series in 2002.  In Spring 2018, Toman’s translation of Justine Mintsa’s Histoire d’Awu (Awu’s Story) will be published by the University of Nebraska Press.

Her current book projects include a comparative analysis between Malian women’s writing and Wassoulou music and a second study on women writers of Gabon with this latest research focusing on Gabon’s second generation of women writers specifically.

Grace Clifford, MAEd

Grace Clifford, MAEdThursday, March 8, 2018
3 p.m., Senior Classroom
Tinkham Veale University Center

Grace Clifford, MAEd

Associate Director, CWRU Education Student Services Disability Resources

“Building a Culture of Inclusion: Creating Campus Advocates for Students with Disabilities in the Health Sciences”

As Associate Director Grace Clifford determines and implements accommodations and advocates for students with disabilities. She endeavors to ensure that all students are able to fully participate in their chosen programs and activities at CWRU.

She is the staff advisor to the student group, AccessAbility which endeavors to support students with disabilities through mentorship and reducing stigmatization. Grace Clifford received her MAEd in Leadership in Higher Education from Baldwin-Wallace University.

Mark Joseph, PhD

Mark Joseph, PhDWednesday, March 28, 2018

Mark Joseph, PhD

CWRU Leona Bevis and Marguerite Haynam Associate Professor of Community Development, Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, Founding Director, National Institution on Mixed-Income Communities

“The Everyday Vigilance Required to Make Real Progress Toward Racial Equity & Inclusion"

Mark Joseph is the Founding Director of the National Initiative on Mixed-Income Communities and a Faculty Associate at the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development. Prior to joining the Mandel School faculty, he had a post-doctoral scholarship at the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago. He received his Ph.D. from the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago.

Joseph was formerly a Principal with Community Development Associates, a consulting firm based in New York and Chicago, which provided strategic planning and research support to community-based initiatives around the country. He also worked for several years at the Chapin Hall Center for Children at the University of Chicago on research on comprehensive community-based initiatives.

His general research interests are urban poverty and community development. His current research focuses on mixed-income development as a strategy for addressing urban poverty, with particular attention to transforming public housing developments. His co-authored book Integrating the Inner City: The Promise and Perils of Mixed-Income Public Housing Transformation was published in November 2015.

He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Cityscape journal published by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. He is also on the editorial boards of Housing Policy Debate and Housing Studies.