Inclusion & Diversity Summit Spotlight: Lee Gill, Keynote Speaker

| February 27, 2013
Webster As One

Join the conversation at the Feb. 28 summit.

Thursday’s Global Inclusion & Diversity Summit kicks off at 8:30 a.m. in the Sunnen Lounge with keynote speaker Lee Gill’s presentation, “How Globalization Impacts Diversity and Inclusion Efforts.”

Gill is associate vice president for Inclusion & Equity and Chief Diversity Officer at The University of Akron, Ohio, where he has added experience leading inclusion efforts at a large university to his 25-plus years of working with leaders in the public and private sector.

Gill’s passionate belief is that no organization can afford not to harness the rainbow of demographic change for a competitive advantage. As he views it, “The Business Case for Diversity” is akin to the education process: “Learn it well and be rewarded. Fail to learn it and be left behind.”

Lee Gill, keynote speaker

Lee Gill

Lee received his B.A. degree in Political Science and Sociology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mich., and his Juris Doctor Degree in law from the Illinois Institute of Technology, Kent College of Law, Chicago, Ill.

In 1996, Gill was appointed Dean of Lake Michigan College’s Institute for Diversity and Leadership. His responsibilities included enhancing and improving the College’s climate for diversity by providing services to students, faculty, and staff through designing and implementing programs, workshops, recruitment initiatives, and other innovative strategies that promote inclusiveness.

Global Inclusion & Diversity Summit Agenda

Among the activities profiled earlier are two student panels on diversity and a performance by The DisAbility Project from That Uppity Theatre Company, but the entire day is filled with engaging, concurrent sessions.

Visit for a downloadable full schedule of events for Thursday’s summit.

8:30 a.m.: Welcome, President Elizabeth (Beth) J. Stroble
8:35 a.m.: Keynote – Lee Gill, “How Globalization Impacts Diversity and Inclusion Efforts”
University Center Sunnen Lounge

10 – 11:15 a.m.: Insights into Diversity and Inclusion
Reena Hajat Carroll, Executive Director, Diversity Awareness Partnership
University Center Sunnen Lounge

10: – 11:15 a.m.: Introducing SAFE ZONE: A Training Program in LGBTQ Awareness
Mary Ann Drake, Professor, Nursing Department; Douglas Finlayson, Professor, Department of Conservatory of Theatre Arts; Kim Kleinman, Assistant Director, Academic Advising; Don Conway-Long, Associate Professor, Behavioral and
Social Sciences; and Kate Parsons, Associate Professor, Philosophy
Emerson Library Conference Room

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.: Ice Breaking to Connect with The Other
Joan Lipkin Founder and Director, That Uppity Theatre Company
University Center Sunnen Lounge

11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.: Communicating Across Cultures
Webster Students
Moderator: Deborah Pierce, Director, Center For International Education
Emerson Library Conference Room

1 – 2:30 p.m.: The DisAbility Project, That Uppity Theatre Company
Community Music School

2:45 – 4 p.m.: Student Panel – “Why Diversity Matters: The Students’ Perspective Regarding the Essential Role of a More Diverse Faculty and Staff”
Webster Students
Moderator: Robin Jefferson-Higgins, Assistant Professor and Chair, Legal Studies Department
University Center Sunnen Lounge

2:45 – 4 p.m.: Creating Interreligious Peace, Not War: Religious Diversity in the Workplace
Vanessa Avery, Visiting Assistant Professor, Religious Studies
Emerson Library Conference Room


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