Alumni and Students Launched Inaugural Diversity Conference

A group of GSEP alumni and current students from both the Education and Psychology divisions joined forces to host the first Diversity IN Leadership Conference on October 23 and 24 in Long Beach, California. The conference was held during the city’s month-long celebration of cultural diversity.

The planning committee included: Renee Dorn (EdD ‘13), Kerri Heath (EdD ‘12), Tara Jiles (MA ‘08), Shanet¬ta Robinson (EdD ’13), Heidi Sublette (MS ‘05) and current organizational leadership student Edgar Poureshagh. Notable GSEP speakers included GSEP dean Helen Easterling Williams, Board of Visitors member Kay Ko and recent graduate Casey Fox (EdD ’14). The conference explored innovative ways to promote diversity in the workplace and community by bringing together the best and brightest leaders and experts in academia, nonprofits, leadership, business and industry.

Five awards were presented during the conference and GSEP was honored with the Nexus Award for Diversity in Leadership. The award was created to recognize academic institutes in which diversity is the nexus that binds the leadership, academic, philanthropic, and enrollment principles of the institution.

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