Future of Diversity Amid Pandemic – ADR TOWN HALL

ADRThe American Diversity Report (ADR), an award-winning digital multimedia platform, offered a 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, ADR’s dozens of writers from around the U.S. and the world have provided Inspiration, Instruction, and Innovation expertise.  We recognize that COVID-19 requires an innovative approach to Diversity, Equity  Inclusion,” said Deborah Levine, ADR’s Editor-in-Chief and 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.
  • 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.

“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”.


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