Presidential Commission on the Status of Minorities

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Presidential Commission on the Status of Minorities

Diversity: Men of Color on the NIU Campus and in the Community

On Wednesday, April 27th NIU’s Presidential Commission on the Status of Minorities (PCSM) will host a diversity and inclusion summit focusing on African American and Latino Men. The summit is intended to bring together students, staff, faculty and members of the community to look at critical issues men of color face on the NIU campus and in community and to develop strategies to address issues of concern .

Jerlando F. L. Jackson , the Vilas Distinguished Professor of Higher Education and the Director and Chief Research Scientist of Wisconsin’s Equity and Inclusion Laboratory (Wei LAB) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is the key note speaker. As Director of the Wei LAB, he is responsible for managing the Innovation Incubator (I2), National Study of Intercollegiate Athletics (NSIA), and the International Colloquium on Black Males in Education. Dr. Jackson’s central research interest is organizational science in higher education, with a special interest in hiring practices, career mobility, workforce diversity, and workplace discrimination. He also has a portfolio of research focused on interventions designed to broaden participation for underrepresented groups in the scientific workforce.

Formerly known as the Friendship Abloom Luncheon, the Diversity and Inclusion Summit will begin at noon in the Ellington Room of the Holmes Student Center.

11:50 a.m Luncheon
12:30 p.m. Welcome; Presentation of Deacon Davis Awards
1:00 p.m. Speaker Jerlando F.L. Jackson
1:50 p.m. – 3:50 p.m. Diversity Roundtable Discussions: Men of Color on the NIU Campus and in DeKalb Community
4:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Student Panel with Speaker and Roundtables. Discussion of issues men of color face on the NIU campus and in the DeKalb community and solutions to these address concerns.

Students, staff, faculty and members of the community are invited to attend all or part of the summit.
Please RSVP by Friday April 22nd, to pcsm@niu.edu, indicate if you will attend the luncheon and afternoon or/and evening session. For more information, contact Felicia R. Bohanon at (815) 753- 1868 or fbohanon@niu.edu.

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