Professional Day - March 26, 2020

Please join us for our next campus-wide professional development event on Thursday, March 26. The theme for this year’s Spring Professional Day is “Equity & Innovation.” 

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8:30 – 9 a.m. Registration and Refreshments (Jackson Arts Center Foyer)

9 – 10:15 a.m. Keynote Address by Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad (Jackson Arts Center Auditorium)

10:30 – 12:30 p.m. Morning Concurrent Sessions (Various campus locations) | View morning session descriptions.

12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Lunch (G Building, Commonwealth Campus Center)

1:30 - 3:30 p.m. Afternoon Concurrent Sessions (Various campus location) | View afternoon session descriptions.


Keynote Speaker: Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad

Khalil Gibran Muhammad - March 2020 Professional DayThe Power Gap How Leaders Can Embrace Diversity and Inclusion in Post-Obama America

Just as there is a wealth and income gap, a health and achievement gap, and a punishment and opportunity gap, there is also a power gap in our civic and corporate institutions. In a nation where nearly every organization values diversity and inclusion (or at least gives lip service to them), and most every individual believes in “opportunity for all,” people of color are vastly under-represented in senior leadership positions across all sectors of American society. Something is still not working. So what explains this enduring maldistribution of power and influence among men—and especially women—of color? And what should we do about it? Is it even enough to focus on racial representation as the measure of progress? In this invaluable talk for leaders in companies both large and small, Khalil Gibran Muhammad outlines three barriers—efficiency, color-blindness, and investment—that must be overcome for organizations to transform and harness the best ideas for success in the 21st century. To learn more about Dr. Muhammad, please visit this page.

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