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Power of Diversity Lecture Series sponsored by the Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity

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The Everyday Vigilance Required to Make Real Progress Toward Racial Equity & Inclusion

Mark Joseph profile imageWednesday, March 28, 2018 3 p.m.

Tinkham Veale University Center, Ballroom C

Mark Joseph, PhD

CWRU Leona Bevis and Marguerite Haynam Associate Professor of Community Development, Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, Founding Director, National Institution on Mixed-Income Communities

Mark Joseph is the Founding Director of the National Initiative on Mixed-Income Communities and a Faculty Associate at the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development. Prior to joining the Mandel School faculty, he had a post-doctoral scholarship at the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago. He received his Ph.D. from the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago.

His general research interests are urban poverty and community development. His current research focuses on mixed-income development as a strategy for addressing urban poverty, with particular attention to transforming public housing developments. His co-authored book Integrating the Inner City: The Promise and Perils of Mixed-Income Public Housing Transformation was published in November 2015.

The Fight for Inclusion in the African Canon: Women Writers of Cameroon & Gabon

Tuesday, February 20, 2018
3 p.m., Senior Classroom
Tinkham Veale University Center

Cheryl Toman, PhD

Chair, CWRU Department of Modern Languages and Literature & Professor of French
Director of Women’s and Gender Studies Program

Professor Toman’s area of research is African women’s writing with a special emphasis on authors from Gabon, Cameroon, and Mali. She also has a secondary interest in women in the Arab world, specifically of the Middle East. An accomplished translator, Toman has translated several books, short stories, and poetry including the first novel written by an African woman, Thérèse Kuoh-Moukoury’s Rencontres essentielles (Essential Encounters). She has numerous essays in edited collections on African and Arab women writers, on postcolonial theory, and on littérature-monde.

One America: The Micro Cultural Changes to Bring the ‘United’ back into the U.S.A.

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

4:30pm, Tinkham Veale University Center

Steve Pemberton

Chief Human Resources Officer, Globoforce

"Armed with a warrior spirit and a servant’s heart, Steve has made equality, access and opportunity pillars of both his professional and personal life. He currently serves as Chief Human Resources Officer for Globoforce, a leading provider of social recognition and continuous performance development solutions. Prior to that he served as Vice President, Diversity and Inclusion and Global Chief Diversity Officer at Walgreens Boots Alliance, the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise in the world. He was the first person in Walgreens’ 100-plus year history to hold the position of Chief Diversity Officer, and under his leadership the company reached record levels of performance in areas of representation, retention, employee engagement and supplier diversity.

In his personal life, Steve is a passionate champion for disadvantaged youth, serving on several boards including United States Business Leadership Network and UCAN. He established The Pemberton Fund for the Future at The Home for Little Wanderers to provide help and guidance to children aging out of foster care. Steve’s achievements have earned him national recognition, including the prestigious Horizon Award by the United States Congress, presented to individuals in the private sector who have contributed to expanding opportunities for all Americans."  ~ from the American Program Bureau biographical profile

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