From Awareness to Action to Innovation: Empowering Leaders Through Inclusive Excellence

Join us for a public lecture with Dr. Damon A. Williams, a recognized change leader, scholar, and educator around equity, diversity, and inclusion.

This session will focus on sharing some of the latest EDI-related research, concepts, and best practices in higher education that all leaders can leverage in their day-to-day lives to help promote a culture of everyday inclusion.

Some of the concepts and topics that will be covered during this session include: inclusive excellence and strategic diversity leadership; unconscious bias, microaggressions, and microaffirmations; strategies that reinforce culturally relevant decision-making; and the importance of leaders demonstrating innovation, courage, empathy, and active-listening.

By leveraging national data, introspective stories, and the pragmatic voice that can only come from having led equity, diversity, and inclusion-related organizational change efforts at all levels of leadership, this session will empower, educate, and inspire hope in all of those that attend.

This lecture is the first in the Provost’s Distinguished Lecture Series on Race and Leadership, and will be hosted by Dr. Andrew Szeri, Provost and Vice-President Academic, and Dr. Minelle Mahtani, Senior Advisor to the Provost on Racialized Faculty.

Free, but registration is required as space is limited. Reception and book signing to follow.

Dr. Damon A. Williams is an award-winning scholar, leader, and educator passionate about making organizations inclusive and excellent for all. He guides higher education institutions, government, Fortune 500 companies, and non-profit organizations in their efforts to future-proof themselves by: (1) empowering the millennial and centennial generations, (2) establishing evidence-based diversity and inclusion strategies, (3) engaging youth digitally, (4) building sustainable corporate responsibility and social impact initiatives, and (5) closing the educational and social achievement gap for vulnerable communities.

The Provost's Distinguished Lecture Series on Race and Leadership is created to foster holistic discussions on equity, diversity, and leadership at UBC. The series seeks to engage in critical conversations on strategic and diversity-focused initiatives on campus and inspire organizational change and leadership.

As part of the series, each term a speaker and expert in the field of equity, diversity and inclusion will be invited to UBC to explore issues of race and leadership in higher education. The event includes an introduction and moderation by the Provost and Vice President Academic, Andrew Szeri, and a public lecture led by the speaker.

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