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Feb. 9, 2007

Regional diversity summit on campus April 17

by Diana Pounds

For the second straight year, people from Iowa universities, colleges and community colleges will gather for a discussion of campus diversity issues.

This year, they're also inviting their colleagues from Missouri, Kansas and Nebraska to join the group and adding something for students - a diversity career fair.

The "Regional Summit - Higher Education and Diversity" will be held April 17 in the Memorial Union. During the day-long conference, participants will:

  • Explore demographic changes in the United States and their implications for recruiting and retaining a diverse campus community
  • Discuss ways to sustain a positive campus environment
  • Learn how faculty and student affairs professionals can collaborate to transform academic and social life on campus.

The Diversity Career Fair at day's end (3:15-5 p.m.) will offer students an opportunity to meet potential employers, many of them from higher education institutions in Iowa.

Two former Iowa State faculty members will offer presentations at the summit. Emily Moore and J. Herman Blake are co-founders of Scholars for Educational Excellence and Diversity Inc. and offer consulting services on a variety of topics, including enhancing academic achievement.

Moore, currently provost and vice president for academic affairs at Dillard University, New Orleans, was a professor of educational leadership and policy studies at Iowa State. She also was a faculty member and administrator at several other universities and colleges.

Blake is scholar-in-residence and director of The Sea Islands Institute at the University of South Carolina, Beaufort. At Iowa State, he was director of African-American studies and a sociology professor. Blake has held administrative and professor positions at several other universities.

The summit registration fee is $50 for Iowa State faculty and staff and $100 for others. The career fair is free to students and any other job seekers.

Registration information and more details on the summit are available online.

Summit sponsors are Iowa State, University of Iowa, University of Northern Iowa, Central College, Loras College, University of Dubuque and colleges in the Eastern Iowa community college district. The sponsors will take turns hosting the summit each year.


The summit registration fee is $50 for Iowa State faculty and staff and $100 for others. Registration information and more details are available online.