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UT to host statewide diversity, equity conference

Peers gather Thursday, March 19, 2009, from 8:15 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday, March 20 from 8 a.m. to 1:45 p.m., for the 13th annual “State of the State Conference” at the Dana Conference Center on The University of Toledo Heath Science Campus.

Attendees focus on the past, present and future of equity, diversity, and opportunity in Ohio.

Thursday conference topics include a welcome from Dr. Lloyd Jacobs, president of The University of Toledo (8:15 – 8:30 a.m.), a legal update (8:30 – 10 a.m.), and the lunch keynote by Dr. Linda Dobb, executive vice president and secretary to the Board of Trustees for Bowling Green State University, challenging participants’ knowledge of U.S. diversity in a game show format (11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.).

Friday’s conference highlight will be the closing lunch keynote by Jim Wise, an anti-racism educator, discussing common arguments supporting racist attitudes and challenge participants to influence their environments with anti-racist actions (12:30 – 1:45 p.m.).

The State of the State Conference was started to provide an opportunity for Ohioans to come together to discuss how individuals and institutions across Ohio are reacting to and preparing for changes and challenges in such areas as affirmative action, vendor and contractor set-aside programs, college and university admissions and scholarships, employment practices, and regulatory and legislative initiatives.

For more information, contact Dr. Samuel Hancock, assistant to the president for diversity at The University of Toledo at 419.530.2508 or visit:  http://iis.stat.wright.edu/sos






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