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Meeting the Challenge of Inclusive Excellence

CSU conference will offer best practices for improving diversity and inclusion in organizations

In an ever-changing world, building a culture of sustainable inclusive excellence calls for institutional introspection, a commitment to enhanced diversity training and buy-in from all facets of an organization.

In an effort to provide a road map for how organizations can attain inclusive excellence, Cleveland State University will host Meeting the Challenge of Inclusive Excellence, September 18-20. The comprehensive professional conference will allow national leaders in higher education, non-profit organizations and corporations to share their best practices and facilitate discussion on how true inclusive excellence can become a standard across industries. Presenters will also touch on topics ranging from implementation of inclusive excellence policies and councils to making the case for building a culture of diversity in the workplace.

“Inclusive excellence refers to the creation of an organizational environment that not only recognizes, appreciates, and values the talents, abilities, experiences, and perspectives of every member of the community, but also uses those characteristics to achieve organizational objectives while producing a robust, creative culture,” notes Dr. Charleyse Pratt, assistant vice president for inclusion and multicultural engagement at CSU. “This conference will bring in some of the leading national innovators in the field of diversity and inclusion to discuss the best practices necessary to create true inclusive excellence at all levels of an organization.”

The event, which will be held in CSU’s Student Center Ballroom, 2121 Euclid Avenue, includes sessions on diversity management and planning, training, gender equity and LGBTQ issues in the workplace. Speakers will include Renita Jefferson, director of diversity and inclusion at American Greetings Corporation, Juan Muñoz, vice provost of Texas Tech University, and Benjamin Reese, Jr., vice president of institutional equity at Duke University.

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