Diversity Lecture Series

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Mailing Address:
The Office of Diversity and Community Engagement,
The University of Texas at Dallas,
800 W. Campbell Road, MP26,
Richardson, TX 75080

Physical Location:
Multipurpose Building (MP) 3.207,
Phone: (972) 883-4566
Fax: (972) 883-4565

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The Department of Institutional Diversity Initiatives (DIDI) in collaboration with the Committee for Diversity and Equity, the Office of Human Resources Management, the Galerstein Women's Center, and the Multicultural Center host a series of diversity lectures and seminars. Such events are made available at least once a semester. The focus of the lecture series is to provide diversity information opportunities for faculty, students and staff. In addition, the series includes at least one major public lecture that presents the work of a prominent official, educator, researcher, author or artist whose efforts have had a significant impact upon diversity and/or equity.

The annual series, open to all on campus and in the community, invites eminent scholars, artists and professionals in many fields to the University of Texas at Dallas to exemplify and discuss how diversity leads to excellence. This year's special focus, inclusion, is a celebration of unique cultures.

Past Speakers

DR. ALVIA WARDLAW, Professor of Art History, Texas Southern University

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Dr. Alvia Wardlaw is Professor of Art History and Director and Curator of the University Museum at Texas Southern University, Houston. She was previously Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston. Wardlaw is also a member of the Scholarly Advisory Council of the Smithsonian National Museum of African-American History and Culture, and a co-founder of the National Alliance of African and African American Art Support Group.

Wardlaw is one of the country's leading experts in African American art and is well known for her exhibitions on Houston artist John Biggers and "Black Art Ancestral Legacy: The African Impulse in African American Art," furthering appreciation and recognition of the African American accomplishments in the visual arts. Her exhibition on "The Quilts of Gee's Bend," a collection by outstanding Alabama quilters, claimed the 2003 International Association of Art Critics Award. She earned her BA in art history from Wellesley College, an MA in art history from New York University's Institute of Fine Arts, and became the first African American to receive a PhD in art history from the University of Texas at Austin.

DR. ELLA L. J. EDMONDSON BELL, Associate Professor of Business Administration, Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, New Hampshire

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Dr. Bell served as Founder and President of ASCENT: Leading Multicultural Women to the Top; Advisory Board chairperson, Working Mother Media; and Advisory Board member, National Women's Leadership Summit on the White House Project. In 2003, Bell answered readers' questions about work and money in an Essence Magazine column entitled "Working It." Her book, "Our Separate Ways: Black and White Women and the Struggle for Professional Identity," has been widely acclaimed in the U.S. She earned her BA from Mills College of Education, her MA from Columbia University, and a PhD in organizational behavior from Case Western Reserve University.

Bell previously served on the faculties of Yale University, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Smith College, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She was also president of the Organizational Behavior Teaching Society.

REGINA MONTOYA, CEO of New America Alliance

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Regina Montoya is Chief Executive Officer of the New America Alliance (NAA), promoting advancement of the Latino community with a focus on economic and political empowerment. Prior to joining NAA, she was Founder and President of WORKSRules, Director of the law firm Godwin and Carlton, P.C., and served in the White House as an Assistant to the President and Director of the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs.

Montoya was a co-chair of the Latino Advisory Committee for KERA-TV (PBS), a regular panelist on PBS's "On the Record" and "Between the Lines," and moderator for the WFAA-TV program "Nuestra Dia." She has been honored by the Hispanic Business Magazine as one of the 100 most influential Hispanics in the U.S., and received the Latina Excellence Award for Leadership from Hispanic Magazine. Montoya earned her BA from Wellesley College, where she is a member of the Board of Trustees, and her JD from Harvard Law School, where she served as Vice President and Elected Director of the Harvard University Alumni Association.

REAR ADMIRAL CLARA H. COBB, RN, MSN, BSN, FMP, is Regional Health Administrator of the U.S. Public Health Service's Region IV, its largest region.

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RADM Cobb serves as the principal federal public health leader, reporting directly to the Assistant for Health Administration, providing executive level leadership in policy development, planning, implementation and evaluation of public health programs. She also directs five regionally-based programs designed to protect and promote the health of all communities within the eight southeastern states.

Cobb attended Oakwood College in Huntsville, AL, and received her BSN from Columbia Union College in Takoma Park, MD, in 1977. She completed her MSN as a Family Nurse Practitioner at the Medical College of Georgia in 1979. Cobb's broad public health perspective is the result of 28 years experience with a myriad of programs within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and with state and local health officials and community leaders. Commissioned in the PHS in 1979 as an LTJG, she began her career as a Family Nurse Practitioner, providing primary care to the medically underserved in community health centers in Albany and Leesburg, GA. In 1983, she was resigned to Federal Employee Occupational Health, providing comprehensive preventative health services to federal employees while overseeing the operation of 28 health units as Occupational Health Nurse Practitioner and Associate Director of Operations in Kansas City, MO, and Atlanta, GA.