Previous Campus Speakers


Edwin Mayes

Edwin B. Mayes

Director, CWRU First Year Experience and Family Programs

Psychological Capital and the Transitional Needs of Underrepresented First-Year Students

John Paul Stephens, PhD

John Paul Stephens, PhD

CWRU Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior, Weatherhead School of Management

Muddying Up the Works: Transferring Lessons Learned About Functional Diversity at Work to Manage Diversity in Life

Adrianne Fletcher

Adrianne M. Crawford Fletcher, PhD

CWRU Assistant Dean, Diversity and Inclusion and
Assistant Professor, Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel

School of Applied Social Sciences

Postsecondary Education in the Current Social and Political Climate: What it Means to be Socially Just, Anti-Oppressive and Woke Irrespective of Your Scholastic Hub


Shannon E. French

Shannon E. French, PhD

Director, CWRU Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence
Inamori Professor in Ethics, Department of Philosophy

Ethics Across Cultures: Diverse Voices, Shared Values

Cynthia M. Beall, PhD

Cynthia M. Beall, PhD

CWRU Distinguished University Professor and S. Idell Pyle Professor of Anthropology

Human Biological Variation: Where It Comes From and Why

Jonathan Sadowsky, PhD

Jonathan Sadowsky, PhD

Theodore J. Castele Professor, Professor, Department of History

'Why Does This Class Spend So Much Time on Race?' My Answe

Mark Joseph, PhD

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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"

Grace Clifford

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”

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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.”


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Monica Webb Hooper, PhD

CWRU Professor, Oncology, Psychological Sciences, Family Medicine & Community Health

"We are Not Low Hanging Fruit: Meaningful Science to Address Racial Disparities in Tobacco Cessation"

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Jeremy Bendik-Keymer, PhD

CWRU Beamer-Schneider Professor of Ethics, Department of Philosophy

“Poverty & Depression, the Power of Imagination, and One Still Secret of Justice”

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Molly Watkins

CWRU Executive Director for International Affairs

“The Value of Global Diversity during Tumultuous Times”

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Ramez Islambouli

Head of Arabic Language, CWRU Dept. of Modern Languages
Lecturer of Islam, CWRU Dept. of Religious Studies 
Adjunct Professor, CWRU School

“Changing the Narrative about Islam and Muslims”

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Liz Roccoforte

Director, CWRU’s Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Center

“Centering the Intersections: LGBTQ Community Building Over the Next Four Years

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Laura Hengehold, PhD

Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Philosophy

“Relevant to Whom? Anonymous for Whom? How Philosophy Reveals and Conceals Human Uniqueness”


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Cassi L. Pittman, PhD

CWRU Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology

Race, Class and Place: Rethinking Middle-Class Blacks Residential Preferences and Consequences of Minority Suburbanization.

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Michiko Watanabe, PhD

CWRU Professor of Pediatrics, Genetics, Anatomy

Exploring the Tiny Beating Heart: Rewards of Diversity & Teamwork in Research on Heart Development‌

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G. Dean Patterson. Jr.

Associate Vice President for Student Affairs

The Journey First Begins From Within

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Lisa Nielson, PhD 

Anisfield-Wolf SAGES Fellow
Lecturer, Department of Music, College of Arts and Sciences

Concubines, Courtesans, Poets and Slaves: Music and Politics in the Medieval Islamic Courts

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Melvin L. Smith, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Organizational Behavior & Faculty Director of Executive Education at the Weatherhead School of Management

Managing Diverse Relationships via Emotional Intelligence


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Camille Warner, PhD

Assistant Professor, School of Nursing

Support and Social Equality: In the Classroom and Community

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Carlos E. Crespo-Hernández, PhD 

Associate Professor of Chemistry;
Co-Director, Center for Chemical Dynamics

Diversity in the Physical Sciences: A Personal Journey

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Blanton S. Tolbert, PhD 

Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry

Molecules of HIV: The Importance of Diverse Perspectives

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Jessie Hill, JD

Associate Dean of Faculty Development and Research; Professor of Law and Laura Chisolm Distinguished Research Scholar, School of Law

Reproductive Rights or Reproductive Justice?


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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

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Ronald Hickman, PhD, RN, ACNP-BC

Assistant Professor at CWRU's Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing; Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center

Leveraging the Power of the Community to Improve Health

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Anna Maria Santiago, PhD

CWRU Leona Bevis & Marguerite Haynam Professor of Community Development, Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences

Fifty Years Later: From a War on Poverty To a War on the Poor

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Andrew M. Rollins, PhD

CWRU Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Medicine; 
Faculty Advisor of Engineers Without Borders and MIND

Developing Our Students and the World, Through Service


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Kristin Williams DDS, MPH

CWRU Dental Public Health, Assistant Professor, Department of Community Dentistry

Meeting a Community Need: Increasing Diversity Within the Dental Health Profession

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Dorothy Miller, PhD

Founding Director of the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women;
Clinical Associate Professor at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at CWRU

Struggling to Get It Right: Gender, Race and Class Through a Lesbian, Feminist Len

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Deepak Sarma, PhD

Professor of South Asian religions and philosophy, CWRU

DARE: Articulating Race and Ethnicity

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John H. Flores, PhD

CWRU Assistant Professor of History and Climo Junior Professor, College of Arts and Sciences

The Brown Power Movement of the 1920s: Reinterpreting Mexican Chicago


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Emmitt R. Jolly, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Center for Global Health and Disease

The Biochemistry of Life: A Model of Diversity

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Joy R. Bostic, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Religious Studies

Justice-Making and the Beloved Community: The Power of Diversity in University Circle


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Raymond Ku, JD

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, co-director of the Center for Law, Technology and the Arts, and co-director of the Cyberspace Law and Policy Office.

Hate, Affinity and Merit: Why Diversity Matters

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Sana Loue, PhD

Professor and Director in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics; 
Director of the Center for Minority Public Health of the School of Medicine.

Bread for the Body, Bread for the Mind: The Need for Active Culture

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LaShanda T. Korley, PhD

Nord Distinguished Assistant Professor, Macromolecular Science and Engineering; 
Principal Investigator of the Korley Research Group

Promoting Diversity in Academia: The Importance of Mentoring


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Sue Hinze, PhD

Associate Professor of Sociology and Director of Women's and Gender Studies at CWRU

The Power of Diversity or the Diversity of Power? Reflections on Difference, Power and Privilege