Power of Diversity Lecture Series

Power of diversity

The Office for Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity (OIDEO) 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. Now in its 10th year, the series includes distinguished guest speakers from the national or international scene and 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 contact Office for Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity.

Spring 2021 Speakers

2021 National Speaker: Donna Brazile

Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021

Donna Brazile

Political strategist, author and lecturer Donna Brazile presented a virtual lecture to the CWRU campus on Tuesday, Feb. 9. She discussed the increase in the number of women in Congress and their potential impact on politics. Her lecture was part of the events being held on campus to celebrate Black History Month.

Brazile is the former chair of the Democratic National Committee and former news contributor for FoxNews, ABC News and CNN. She is the author of the 2004 best-selling memoir Cooking with Grease: Stirring the Pot in American Politics and co-author of For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Politics. In addition, she is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University and Howard University.

Brazile has received numerous honors and awards including the W.E.B Du Bois Medal, Harvard University’s highest honor in African American Studies; and the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s highest award for political achievement.

Watch Brazile's lecture

Ethnicity and Nation-Building in Francophone Africa

Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021

Speaker: Gilbert Doho, PhD

Gilbert Doho

Gilbert Doho, PhD, is associate professor of French and Francophone Studies and founding director of the Ethnics Studies Program in the CWRU Department of Modern Languages and Literatures. His research area includes drama, theater and cinema in Francophone Africa. His secondary research area is culture and ethnicity. Doho endeavors to show how print and audiovisual productions have shaped and continue to shape individuals and ethnic groups in new nations of Francophone Africa.

He has contributed entries to dictionaries and encyclopedia such as The Dictionary of African Biography, co-edited by Henry Louis Gates; and the World Encyclopedia of Contemporary Theater, Vol. 3: Africa. His scholarly work has been published in such journals as Africa Today, Journal of African Literature Association and Signs.

 Watch Professor Doho's lecture. 

How to Approach Racism as a Public Health Crisis: Lessons in Healing from the Biology of Wound Repair

Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021


Scott Frank

Scott Frank, MD, MS, is associate professor in the Department of Population and Quantitative Health Sciences and in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health in the CWRU School of Medicine, where he directs the Master of Public Health Program.

Frank is a public health and family medicine educator, researcher and practitioner. His research interests include behavior change, smoking cessation, substance abuse, clinical assessment of stress and the role of spirituality and religion in the medical setting. 

Frank has authored and co-authored numerous scholarly articles. He is a member of several national and local organizations, including the Association of Ohio Health Commissioners and the Ohio Public Health Association; and he is on the executive board of the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research and on the board of the Greater Cleveland Hospital Association.

Watch Dr. Frank's lecture.

Diversity in Academia: Challenges in the Era of COVID-19

Thursday, March 18, 2021

Speaker: Amy Hise, MD

Amy Hise, MD, is associate professor of Pathology and International Health at Case Western Reserve University and a physician at the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center. Her research focuses on innate immunity to infectious pathogens including parasites, fungal infections and the Rift Valley fever virus.

Amy Hise, MD

Hise has been active in promoting diversity and inclusion within the CWRU School of Medicine (SOM) and on university and national committees. She is a member and past president of the Women Faculty School of Medicine committee, chair of the SOM Committee on Women and Minority Faculty and a member of the dean’s Ad-hoc Committee on Diversity and Inclusion. She also serves on the university’s Faculty Senate Committee on Women and on the Gender Diversity Task Force of the American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA). In fall 2020, Hise received AMWA’s Exceptional Mentor Award.

She is the co-author of “Empowering Women: Moving from Awareness to Action at the Immunology of Fungal Infections Gordon Research Conference,” which appeared in Pathogens in 2019.

Watch Dr. Hise's lecture

Exploring Social Determinants of Health Within the CWRU Wellness Program

Monday, April 12, 2021

Speaker: Elizabeth Click, DNP, ND

Elizabeth Click

Elizabeth Click, DNP, ND, is the medical director and associate professor in the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing. She creates and directs the university’s faculty and staff wellness program and provides strategic support for the implementation of health initiatives within the university’s medical plan.

Her professional pursuits focus on wellness and behavior change efforts for individuals and groups within academic and corporate organizations. She also works with individuals and groups to support their present level of health and help them reach higher levels of wellness.

Click is also a certified wellness practitioner. She previously served as manager of wellness training at The Progressive Corporation in Cleveland.

Watch Dr. Click's lecture