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.
SEE PREVIOUS SPEAKERS
Thursday, March 27, 2014,
Iris S. and Bert L. Wolstein Research Building Auditorium,
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
Thursday, February 11, 2014 3 p. m.,
Thwing Center, 1914 Lounge
Ruqaiijah 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.