UWT to Host Leadership Series on Equity in Education

On Friday, June 6th, the UW Tacoma community will have the opportunity to interact with one of the country’s foremost leaders in equity and diversity. M. Christopher Brown II, Ph.D., former president of Alcorn State University in Mississippi, has been invited by the Doctors in Educational Leadership Program to host two workshops concerning leadership and equity in education.

Sponsored by UW Tacoma’s Human Resources, Office of Equity and Diversity, and The Leadership Forum, the workshops will work to expand the UW Tacoma’s diversity education, broaching hot topics such as race-based affirmative action, shifting millennial student demographics, and access and equity in higher education.

From 9-11 a.m. in JOY 105, there will be a staff and faculty exclusive workshop called “When Baby Boomers, Gen-Xers, and Millennials Collide: Creating Outcome-based Climates for Student Success.” It will discuss the intersection of differing backgrounds and generations and the fissures which can disengage the points of view such as social, economic, political and technological issues.

Those interested in attending should register attacoma.UW.edu/leadership/brown as soon as possible.

At 12:30 p.m., attendance will be extended to the rest of the UWT and greater Tacoma community for an hour lecture in Jane Russel Commons. The talk, titled “Championing Equity and Access in Postsecondary Education: Contexts and Considerations,” will discuss the continuing debate about access and equity in college enrollment.

The current focus of equitable access and enrollment, centered on race, will be at the forefront of the conversation, with Brown discussing a move toward race-neutral affirmative action to aid “long-underserved student and community populations.”

With the growing tension about diversity training accountability on the UW Tacoma campus, educational opportunities like these can function as the key to understanding and respecting diverse student demographics either as an educator or a student.

Any questions about the event can be directed to Chris Knaus (educate@uw.edu) or Ashley Bradley (bradley8@uw.edu)

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