Networking advice

Posted 5 years 3 months ago

Our own Kecia Thomas, psychology professor and senior advisor to the dean in the Franklin College Office of Inclusion and Diversity Leadership, will take part in an interview on Minnesota Public Radio, giving advice on the importance of networking for young minorities:

Kecia Thomas, author of "Diversity Dynamics in the Workplace," wrote about mentoring as a key to minority success in professional environments. "Mentoring relationships provide critical personal and professional development opportunities throughout one's career," she observed. "These relationships are especially...

3000 years of human occupation

Posted 5 years 5 months ago

The department of anthropology will host a very interesting public lecture on January 18, one that brings guest lecturer Scott Fitzpatrick from the University of Oregon to campus to discuss human activity and biological diversity on the Western Caroline Islands of Micronesia:

The Palauan archipelago--considered to be on of the most ecologically diverse regions of the world-- is located in the northwest tropical Pacific and consists of hundreds of different island types, ranging from ones larger and mostly volcanic, to the much smaller atolls and uplifted limestone "Rock Islands"....

25th Anniversary of African Studies Institute

Posted 5 years 8 months ago
African continent, with colors and designs.

Beginning Nov. 1, the University will mark the 25th anniversary of the African Studies Institute with a conference, theatre performances, film screenings and lectures to showcase the richness and diversity of the continent:

"The political, economic and cultural importance of Africa continues to grow, which makes this an especially opportune time for faculty, staff and students as well as community members to learn more about the continent and its people," said Akinloye Ojo, director of the UGA African Studies Institute and associate professor of comparative literature and African...

Broadening diversity by strengthening the sciences

Posted 6 years 1 week ago

The reality of underrepresentation of various ethnicities in particular fields, whether it is biology or linguistics, is an effective way of framing diversity issues. But outside of its sociological ramifications, making any field more-representative has the added bonus of funneling more people and building more expertise in those fields, and expanding the volume of expertise is an important indirect benefit.

This is not to downplay the importance of diversity itself, which is considerable; it is crucial for kids to see others like themselves enjoying prominence and success in every...

Diversity Forum: The Trayvon Martin Tragedy

Posted 6 years 2 months ago

A panel of faculty and students will share their disciplinary and personal perspectives on this case. Sponsored by the Franklin College's Office of Inclusion and Diversity Leadership and the Department of Geography.

Friday, April 20, 2012 at 2:30 p.m. 248 Miller Learning Center. 

Panelists include:

Ms. Melissa Brown --Psychology &... German Dr. Mark Cooney--Sociology Mr. Nekabari Goka- Economics and International Affairs Dr. Hilda Kurtz--Geography Dr. Sandy Martin--Religion Dr. Kecia Thomas--Psychology & African American Studies/Dean's Office Mr....