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.
For more information email janetta.hammock@case.edu.

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Fall 2018 Speakers

Damon Williams

Damon A. Williams, PhD

From Awareness, to Action, to Innovation: Empowering Leaders Through Inclusive Excellence

Monday, October 29, 2018
4:30 p.m., Ballroom C,
Tinkham Veale University Center

Dr. Damon A. Williams is a scholar, leader and educator who is passionate about making organizations inclusive and excellent for all. He believes that creating equitable educational outcomes and activating learning, youth development and leadership opportunities is the surest way to increase diversity at the highest levels.

Through increased diversity, everyone benefits with transformative and inspiring new possibilities. As Robert Kennedy said, “Ultimately, America’s answer to the intolerant man is diversity.”

Dr. Williams has devoted his 18+ year career to fostering this diversity at all levels and creating a framework of change to help others follow in his footsteps.

Shannon E. French

Shannon E. French, PhD

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

Thursday, September 27, 2018
3 p.m., Senior Classroom,
Tinkham Veale University Center

Ethics Across Cultures: Diverse Voices, Shared Values

Shannon E. French is the Inamori Professor in Ethics, Director of the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence, and a tenured member of the Philosophy Department with a secondary appointment in the law school at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, USA. She is also a Senior Associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, DC.  Dr. French received her Ph.D. in philosophy from Brown University in 1997. 

Prior to starting at CWRU in 2008, she taught for eleven years as an Associate Professor of Philosophy at the United States Naval Academy and served as Associate Chair of the Department of Leadership, Ethics, and Law. She is the author of many scholarly publications, including The Code of the Warrior: Exploring Warrior Values, Past and Present, editor-in-chief for the International Journal of Ethical Leadership, and an associate editor for the Journal of Military Ethics.

Cynthia M. Beall, PhD

Cynthia M. Beall, PhD

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

Tuesday, October 2, 2018
3 p.m., Senior Classroom,
Tinkham Veale University Center

Human Biological Variation: Where It Comes From and Why

Dr. Beall is a physical anthropologist whose research focuses on human adaptation to high-altitude hypoxia, particularly the different patterns of adaptation exhibited by Andean, Tibetan and East African highlanders. Her current research deals with the genetics of adaptive traits and evidence for natural selection, with the role of nitric oxide in oxygen delivery at high altitude and with the human ecology of high-altitude Tibetan nomads.

Professor Beall is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, American Philosophical Society, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Jonathan Sadowsky, PhD

Jonathan Sadowsky, PhD

Theodore J. Castele Professor, Professor, Department of History

Monday, October 15, 2018
3 p.m., Ballroom C,
Tinkham Veale University Center

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

Dr. Sadowsky’s main research interest is the history of medicine, especially psychiatry, in Africa and the United States. He teaches courses in African history, history of medicine and the body, and historical method and cultural studies at CWRU.

His most recent work, Electroconvulsive Therapy in America: The Anatomy of a Medical Controversy, is forthcoming from Routledge Press. He is a co-founder of the university’s Medical Humanities and Social Medicine initiative, and contributed significantly to the development of the Medicine, Society and Culture (MSC) concentration.

SPRING 2019 Speakers

Estela Mara Bensimon, PhD

Estela Mara Bensimon, PhD

Reclaiming Racial Justice in Equity

Tuesday, February 5, 2019
4:30 p.m., Ballroom A,
Tinkham Veale University Center

Estela Mara Bensimon is a professor of higher education at the University of South Carolina Rossier School of Education and Director of the Center for Urban Education (CUE), which she founded in 1999.

With a singular focus on increasing racial equity in higher education outcomes for students of color, she developed the Equity Scorecard—a process for using inquiry to drive changes in institutional practice and culture. Since its founding, CUE has worked with thousands of college professionals—from presidents to faculty to academic counselors, helping them take steps in their daily work to reverse the impact of the historical and structural disadvantages that prevent many students of color from excelling in higher education. The innovative Equity Scorecard process takes a strengths-based approach starting from the premise that faculty and administrators are committed to doing “the good.” CUE builds upon this premise by developing tools and processes that empower these professionals as “researchers” into their own practices, with the ultimate goal of not just marginal changes in policy or practice, but shifts on those campuses towards cultures of inclusion and broad ownership over racial equity.

Professor Bensimon’s critical action research agenda has been supported by grants from the Ford Foundation, Bill &Melinda Gates Foundation, Lumina Foundation, Teagle Foundation, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and The James Irvine Foundation.

Dr. Bensimon has published extensively about equity, organizational learning, practitioner inquiry and change; and her articles have appeared in journals such as the Review of Higher Education, Journal of Higher Education, Liberal Education, and Harvard Educational Review. Her most recent books include Critical Approaches to the Study of Higher Education (co-edited with Ana Martinez-Aleman and Brian Pusser) which was selected as the 2016 Outstanding Publication by the American Education Research Association, Division of Postsecondary Education; Engaging the Race Question: Accountability and Equity in US Higher Education (with Alicia C. Dowd), and Confronting Equity Issues on Campus: Implementing the Equity Scorecard in Theory and Practice (co-edited with Lindsey Malcom-Piqueux).

Adrianne M. Crawford Fletcher, PhD

Adrianne M. Crawford Fletcher, PhD

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

School of Applied Social Sciences

Tuesday, February 19, 2019
3 p.m., Senior Classroom,
Tinkham Veale University Center

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

Dr. Fletcher holds a PhD, from Loyola University Chicago, and a Master’s degree in Social Sciences Administration from the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University. Her research focus has been on the influence of implicit attitude on decision-making within the child welfare system and the phenomena of disproportionality.

She has been a practicing social work professional for the past two decades with work experience in child welfare, foster care, psychotherapy, Indian Child Welfare, Court Appointed Special Advocates, and Veterans.

Edwin Mayes

Edwin 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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