President’s Lecture Series on Diversity seeks to fund events

October 30, 2014 | UToday, Engineering
By Kevin Bucher

Established in 2008, the President’s Lecture Series on Diversity aims to fund and promote diversity-related events for The University of Toledo community.

The lecture series is responsible for promoting awareness of diversity issues through public activities and events open to UT and the surrounding communities.

“One of our goals is to make the University climate more aware and welcoming to diversity,” Dr. Isabel Escobar, professor of chemical and environmental engineering, and associate dean of research development and outreach in the College of Engineering, said. “We want to improve and further the already diverse climate here at UT.”

The President’s Lecture Series on Diversity has sponsored and funded a number of events at UT in the past; these include “Walking in Women’s Land: Indigenous Women’s Rights in Chiapas, Mexico,” a lecture by Rosalind Santiz-Diaz in March; the Women of the World Symposium in 2013; the UT Indian Students Cultural Organization’s Diwali Festival of Lights in 2013; a religious luncheon and panel discussion in 2012; and “Ebony Embers — Vignettes of the Harlem Renaissance” in 2010.

Most recently, the President’s Lecture Series on Diversity has helped fund the Muslim Student Association Cultural Celebration Dinner.

“We want to help put together, fund and promote diversity events on campus,” Escobar said. “We provide funding for excellent ideas related to diversity, and we would like to see more requests because we are eager to make them happen.”

For more information and funding application forms, click here or contact Escobar at

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