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UT to host Ohio Diversity Officers Collaboration conference July 26

The fifth annual Ohio Diversity Officers Collaboration Diversity Conference will be held Friday, July 26, in the Student Union.

web conference header copyThe theme of the conference is “Building Affinity Groups: How to Engage Students, Alumni and Employees in the Diversity Conversation.”

The conference will take place from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Student Union Ingman Room, with lunch served in Student Union Room 2592 at noon.

There also will be a reception Thursday, July 25, at 6 p.m. at The Hotel at the UT Medical Center.

Dr. Scott Scarborough, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs, will give opening remarks at 9 a.m.

Dr. Cynthia Jackson Hammond, president of Central State University, will speak before lunch, and Phillip Berry, the executive director of the Association of Diversity Councils, will speak in the afternoon.

Hammond is the former provost and vice president for academic affairs at Coppin State University in Baltimore and a tenured faculty member at California State University, Dominguez Hills. She began her career in higher education in 1987 as an instructor and coordinator of developmental reading at the University of Louisiana at Monroe.

Berry is the former vice president of Global Workplace Initiatives and corporate officer for Colgate Palmolive. He was responsible for developing, implementing and evaluating diversity and inclusion strategies at Colgate-Palmolive.

“Hosting the state diversity officers’ conference is a way to share best practices and highlight the great work that so many are doing at UT,” said Dr. Shanda Gore, associate vice president for equity, diversity and community engagement. “I am looking forward to hearing from fellow officers as well as what work diversity councils are doing around the nation.”

Gore is expected to present on UT’s “Building a Culture of Diversity” professional diversity certificate made available through the Office of Equity, Diversity and Community Engagement and the UT College of Business and Innovation’s Office of Quality and Continuous Learning.

Registration for the conference is $25 due by Tuesday, July 23. Register here.

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