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March 10 Provost’s Lecture with Shaun Harper at Leadership Symposium


Best Practices in Creating an Inclusive Campus Environment

Shaun Harper
Shaun Harper

Shaun R. Harper, Founder and Executive Director of the Center for the Study of Race and Equity in Education at the University of Pennsylvania, is the author of the forthcoming book Race Matters in College and president-elect of the Association for the Study of Higher Education. He is a tenured faculty member in the Graduate School of Education, Africana Studies, and Gender Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. Harper maintains an active research agenda that examines race and gender in educational and social contexts, Black male college access and achievement, the effects of education policies and campus environments on student outcomes, and college student engagement.

Joining Professor Harper for the 21st Annual Leadership Symposium: Challenges in Higher Education will be Stony Brook’s Cheryl D. Hamilton, Assistant Provost and Director of EOP/AIM, and Timothy Ecklund, Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students. They will each respond to Harper’s presentation, after which the presenters will address questions from the symposium audience. Click here for more information and to register for the Leadership Symposium.

Abstract: Achieving diversity in higher education is a worthy, and as yet unrealized goal that would contribute significantly to creating greater equity in our society. Diversity alone, however, does not ensure student success or sufficient progress toward fully functioning citizenship. Improved outcomes in that regard require that campus environments are welcoming, inclusive, and encouraging of engagement of all members of the campus community. To that end, enhancing the effectiveness of campuses as inclusive environments is a priority consistent with and representative of public universities’ mission. Harper will help to inform our efforts to create an environment that is inclusive and engaging for our students, in particular in the context of our overall commitment to improving four-year graduation rates.

This Provost’s Lecture, co-sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs and School of Social Welfare, will be held on Thursday, March 10, at 9 am in the Charles B. Wang Center Theater.

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