Power of Diversity Lecture Series

Power of diversity

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.
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SPRING 2019 Speakers

Edwin Mayes
Milner

Edwin B. Mayes

Director, CWRU First Year Experience and Family Programs

Tuesday, March 26, 2019
3 p.m., Senior Classroom,
Tinkham Veale University Center

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

Edwin B. Mayes has served as director of First-Year Experience and Family Programs at Case Western Reserve University since May 2012.

He has served in roles in student service and community relations in higher education for more than 20 years at institutions around the country, including Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio; Earlham College in Richmond, Ind.; and  the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Edwin has been a featured presenter at national conferences such as the National First-Year Experience Conference, the IUPUI National Assessment Conference and the NASPA National Assessment Conference. He regularly speaks on topics including the development and implementation of programs to improve student retention, the importance of meeting the needs of students in transition and the assessment of program success.

Mayes holds a Bachelor of Science in operations management and a Master of Arts in higher education administration from Wright State University. He is a doctoral candidate in the higher education administration program at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio.


John Paul Stephens, PhD

John Paul Stephens, PhD

CWRU Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior, Weatherhead School of Management

Wednesday, April 3, 2019
3 p.m., Senior Classroom,
Tinkham Veale University Center

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

Stephens received his master’s and doctoral degrees in organizational psychology from the University of Michigan. Since joining the faculty at Weatherhead School of Management in 2010, Stephens’ teaching focuses on organizational psychology/behavior, positive organizational scholarship, qualitative research methods, and negotiations and bargaining behavior.

The research of John Paul Stephens, PhD, focuses on the roles of individual-level perception and knowledge, and relationship quality in the collective performance of groups and organizations. These research interests fall under the umbrella of positive organizational scholarship, which addresses how our knowledge and behavior in organizations are shaped in inherently positive or virtuous ways.


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