Diversity Leadership Summit planned Sept. 6

Janice Hamlet

Janice Hamlet

Academic Diversity Programs will host an invitation-only Diversity Leadership Summit from 11:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6, in the Holmes Student Center.

The event will bring together administrators, faculty, staff and student leaders from all across the university in creating a sense of community as it relates to diversity.

President Doug Baker will be the keynote speaker, sharing his vision for diversity at NIU.

“If we are to effectively prepare our students to be leaders in competitive domestic and global contexts, then embracing diversity must be as natural and integral a part of academia as any other entity at the university,” said Janice Hamlet, coordinator of Academic Diversity Programs in the Office of the Provost. “In order for this to happen, we all have to become stakeholders and work together.”

Hamlet said her office has reached out in trying to identify and invite the leaders of the numerous programs, committees and offices on campus that focus on diversity to be a part of this important summit.

“Collaboration must exist among all areas of the university to ensure NIU’s commitment to inclusive excellence. Inclusive excellence refers to the idea that a institution’s success is dependent on how well it values and engages the rich diversity of its students, faculty, administrators and staff and the socio-cultural dimensions that they bring to the campus,” she said.

“This inclusive excellence must also include the university’s relationship to its alumni and the surrounding community. A more culturally competent student prepared to exist effectively in society should be everyone’s responsibility.”

For more information, call (815) 753-7014 or email jhamlet@niu.edu.

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