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Rochester Institute of Technology will host author, legal scholar and civil rights lawyer Michelle Alexander at its annual Expressions of King’s Legacy celebration on January 26.
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2017 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Address on Friday, January 27 at the University of Rochester.
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Mitigating the Impact of Bias with Respect to Participation and Performance
By William A. Guillory, PhD
Some years ago, I wrote a paper that suggested that population demographics coupled with changing attitudes would ultimately force the business world to deal with the subject of diversity—with its myriad of definitions.
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Coming Together as One: Race in America
By Steve Hanamura

A well-known consultant and speaker, Ken Blanchard, says that there are four things that must be in place to help an organization be successful - mission, vision, values and direction. As I think about these four attributes, it would seem that mission and values represent the places we must work from while vision and direction assist us to move forward. [ Read more... ]
 

Diversity On the Black Panther’s 50th
By Simma Lieberman
I recently attended the 50th anniversary conference of the Black Panther Party at the Oakland Museum. I didn’t expect to be impacted so deeply. Three of the programs I attended had very deep, personal meaning to me. [ Read more... ]

Talking About Race, Sometimes Awkward But Always Necessary
By Simma Lieberman
Talking about race with people who are different than you can be awkward and uncomfortable, but it’s necessary. The fact is racism exists, racial conflict exists. Even people who support the idea of diversity and inclusion, and there are many people who may even work in the field but still stick close to people who look like them. [ Read more... ]
 
The Power of the Negative
By Sondra Thiederman, Ph.D.

After immersing myself in the study of unconscious bias for the last decade, I have come to believe that there is a great deal we can do both to minimize the acquisition of biases and to defeat them. For that reason, most of what I write and speak about is designed to teach and reinforce an optimistic view.
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