On Sept. 14, the American Diversity Report (ADR), an award-winning digital multimedia platform, held an interactive virtual Town Hall featuring a distinguished panel of experts to discuss the future of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) in education and employment amid COVID-19. We thank the many donors who made this event and ADR’s next year possible. CLICK to see List of ADR DONORS
“For 15 years, the American Diversity Report’s dozens of writers from around the U.S. and the world has provided inspiration and instruction, trends and analysis expertise. We recognize that the coronavirus pandemic requires a new perspective and innovative approach to fostering diversity, equity and inclusion,” said Deborah Levine, ADR’s Editor-in-Chief and an award-winning author of 15 books.
The Town Hall was moderated by Levine and Dr. Carlos E. Cortés, the Edward A. Dickson Emeritus Professor in the Department of History at the University of California, Riverside. The panel is comprised of the following members of the ADR Advisory Board:
- Dr. Elwood Watson: Professor at East Tennessee State University. Dr. Watson teaches African American Studies, Gender Studies, Popular Culture, and American History. He has written and edited over a dozen books, the latest of which is: Keepin’ It Real: Essays on Race in Contemporary America. Dr. Watson is also co-editor in chief for the Current Research Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities, an international peer reviewed academic publication.
- Simma Lieberman: President of Simma Lieberman Associates, consultant and executive coach. Known as “The Inclusionist,” she hosts the podcast: “Everyday Conversations on Race for Everyday People,” and is co-author of Putting Diversity to Work: How to Successfully Lead a Diverse Workforce. She is the former co-chair of the Northern California Regional Council of Out and Equal, a civil rights advocacy group.
- Marc Brenman: Managing Partner of IDARE LLC. He is the former Executive Director of the Washington State Human Rights Commission and served as a senior civil rights policy advisor at the U.S. Department of Education. His latest book, co-authored with Deborah Levine, is When Hate Groups March Down Main Street: Engaging A Community Response.
- Soumaya Khalifa: President Khalifa Consulting, Executive Director of the Islamic Speakers Bureau of Atlanta. She is featured on Wikipedia for her notable work in effectuating greater intercultural competence between the Arab community and U.S. community, with a special focus on Muslims in the workplace. She is also in adjunct faculty member at Emory University.
- Dr. Joseph Nwoye: Founder of Systemic Diversity and Inclusion, corporate consultant on diversity policies and practices, president of Diversity Frontier Inc. An adjunct professor at Strayer University (Washington, DC), Dr. Nwoye previously served as the Director of Multicultural Education at Illinois State University. His latest book is Cultivating a Belief System for Peace, Equity and Social Justice for All.
“The panel presentation addressed strategies for employers and academia to leverage DEI during these challenging times, along with related topics of interest. It’s clear that dynamic and creative planning is needed now more than ever to positively shape the future,” noted Levine, who is also a columnist for The Chattanooga Times Free Press newspaper and was named by Forbes magazine as a “Diversity and Inclusion Trailblazer”.