Webinar: Strategies for continuing to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion while navigating provoking politics and a post-affirmative action world – Academic Leadership Institute

Webinar: Strategies for continuing to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion while navigating provoking politics and a post-affirmative action world

The newest installment in ALI’s webinar series will take place on Zoom, April 17, 2023 from 10:30 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. (EDT). The event will be moderated by Dr. Robin R. Means Coleman and feature panelists Dr. Katrice A. Albert, Dr. Robert M. Sellers, and Dr. Peniel E. Joseph.

Registration is required to receive the Zoom link.

Meet the Moderator

Dr. Robin R. Means Coleman

Dr. Robin R. Means Coleman, PhD is Vice President & Associate Provost for Institutional Diversity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer, and the Ida B. Wells and Ferdinand Barnett Professor of Communication Studies at Northwestern University. She is charged with implementing diversity accountability processes, thereby coordinating efforts to counter bigotry and exclusion while promoting inclusion, diversity, and equity. Dr. Coleman works collaboratively with faculty, staff, and students across Northwestern’s 12 schools and colleges on three campuses.

Before coming to Northwestern University, Dr. Coleman was on the faculty at Texas A&M University, the University of Michigan, the University of Pittsburgh, and New York University. At Texas A&M University, she was the Vice President and Associate Provost for Diversity. At the University of Michigan, she served as the Associate Dean of Social Sciences in the Rackham Graduate School, as well as Chair of the Department of Communication Studies.

Dr. Coleman was a Fellow in the Institute for Educational Management at Harvard University. She earned a Certificate in Diversity and Inclusion from Cornell University. She is a graduate of the American Council on Education Leadership Academy, the University of California-Berkeley Executive Leadership Academy, and the National Intergroup Dialogue Institute. Dr. Coleman was a Fellow in the Big 10 Academic Alliance Academic Leadership Program. She was also a Fellow in the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE) Standards of Professional Practice Institute.

Meet the Panelists

Dr. Katrice A. Albert

Dr. Katrice A. Albert has a distinguished career in higher education and intercollegiate athletics. She currently serves as the Vice President for Institutional Diversity at the University of Kentucky. Prior to that, Dr. Albert served as the Executive Vice President of inclusion and human resources at The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). Previously, Albert served as Vice President for equity and diversity of the University of Minnesota system, and before that as Vice Provost for equity, diversity and community outreach at Louisiana State University (LSU).

She writes, speaks, and consults on the issues of cultural competence and integration, corporate social responsibility, educational and workforce inclusion, gender and dynamics of power, educational access, and community-university partnerships. Albert serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship, and her works are published in the Journal of Counseling Psychology and the Journal of Counseling and Development. She is the co-editor of three volumes — “Reaching the chair: Transformational leadership lessons and impactful success factors of intercollegiate athletics’ leaders” (forthcoming), “Racial Battle Fatigue in Higher Education: Exposing the Myth of Post-Racial America” (2015) and “Trayvon Martin, Race, and American Justice: Writing Wrong” (2014).

Dr. Robert M. Sellers

Dr. Robert M. Sellers is the Charles D. Moody Collegiate Professor of Psychology and Education at the University of Michigan. From July 2014 to August 2022, Dr. Sellers served as the Vice Provost for Equity and Inclusion, Chief Diversity Officer at the University of Michigan. As Vice Provost for Equity and Inclusion & Chief Diversity Officer, Dr. Sellers was responsible for the supervision and implementation of the University’s first five-year strategic plan for diversity, equity and inclusion.

He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Howard University and his doctorate in personality Psychology from the University of Michigan. He was responsible for overseeing the University’s five-year strategic plan for diversity, equity and inclusion, and served as a principal adviser to the President as a member of the University’s executive leadership team.

In his previous role as Vice Provost for Equity and Inclusion, Dr. Sellers worked with the provost on matters related to diversity at the University as well as a broad range of academic issues including the budget, faculty tenure and promotions, and student enrollment. He oversaw operations of three central administrative units. Dr. Sellers provided strategic leadership to increase access and success for all students, recruit and retain diverse faculty, and develop academic programs that prepare all students for success in a diverse world. Prior to joining the Provost’s Office, Dr. Sellers was chair of the University of Michigan Department of Psychology. His research interests include ethnicity, racial and ethnic identity, personality and health, athletic participation, and personality. He has published several research articles and book chapters that examine factors associated with the psycho-social development of African American student-athletes.

Dr. Peniel E. Joseph

Dr. Peniel E. Joseph is the Barbara Jordan Chair in Ethics and Political Values; founding director of the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy; Associate Dean for Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) at the LBJ School of Public Affairs; Public Policy & International Affairs Program (PPIA) Board Chair; and distinguished service professor and professor of history at the University of Texas at Austin. An internationally recognized scholar-activist and author and editor of seven award-winning books, most recently “The Third Reconstruction: America’s Struggle for Racial Justice in the Twenty-First Century.” Additionally in 2022, he was named the grand prize winner of the 2022 Hamilton Book Award, the University of Texas at Austin’s highest research honor for his book, “The Sword and the Shield: The Revolutionary Lives of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr.” He is a frequent national commentator on issues of race, civil rights, and democracy. A fellow of the Society of American Historians and a contributing writer for CNN.com, he lives in Austin, Texas.

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