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March 23 Provost’s Lecture: Embracing Diversity and Inclusion


22nd Annual Leadership Symposium: Challenges in Higher Education

Embracing Diversity and Inclusion: Individual Action for Change

Ajay Nair

Ajay Nair is the Senior Vice President and Dean of Campus Life at Emory University. He is an accomplished scholar and student affairs leader whose interests include immigration, race and ethnicity. As Emory’s chief student advocate for nearly 13,000 undergraduate and graduate students, Nair shoulders a broad portfolio of responsibilities ranging from intercollegiate athletics and the Greek experience to student health services and residence life. He also provides leadership and strategic direction in cultivating an ethically engaged community consistent with Emory’s vision. His research interests include quality assurance in educational systems, service learning and civic engagement, and second-generation Asian American identity. His co-edited book, Desi Rap: Hip-Hop in South Asian America, focuses on the complexities of second-generation South Asian American identity. His current book project explores the current state of multiculturalism in higher education.

Abstract: Stony Brook University is committed to creating a culture where we fully engage equity, inclusion and diversity. Catering to a more holistic and broader definition of diversity with a focus on race, ethnicity, age, gender, religion, ability, veteran status, socioeconomic level and sexual orientation, this year’s topic is focuses on creating an inclusive campus community by empowering individual action for change.

This Provost’s Lecture will be held on Thursday, March 23, at 9 am in the Charles B. Wang Center Theater and is part of the 22nd Annual Leadership Symposium: Challenges in Higher Education.

Dean Nair will be joined by Cheryl Chambers, Associate Dean of Multicultural Affairs, and Robbye Kinkade, Project Director for the Responding to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (R.E.D.I.) Project and Clinical Assistant Professor in the School of Health Technology and Management as well as the School of Medicine. RSVP »

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