School of Management Hosts Teaching and Training Workplace Diversity Conference

Posted: June 24, 2008 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The School of Management (SOM) will hold its second annual Teaching and Training Workplace Diversity Conference July 10-12 at the Hilton Arlington. This year’s conference theme is Bridging the Research-Practice Gap.

The conference will bring together researchers (those conducting research to address questions about what works and what doesn’t work) as well as educators and practitioners (those teaching and training others in diversity who could implement this research directly into their classes).

There will be two keynote addresses. Bernardo M. Ferdman, professor of management at Alliant International University, will present “On the Shoulders of Giants: The Role of Scholarship and Research in Diversity Teaching and Training.” Mary-Frances Winters, president and CEO of the Winters Group Inc., will present “Diversity Training: Does It Make a Difference?”

In addition, panel presentations will give scholars and practitioners the opportunity to share their views on diversity. Workshops and discussion groups will offer introductions to topics of interest and allow participants to interact, as well as take advantage of attendee expertise.

Eden B. King, Mason assistant professor of industrial and organizational psychology, will co-lead a workshop titled Metrics and Measurement of Training/Teaching Success: Skills, Competencies and Behavior.

David Kravitz, Mason professor of management and conference chair, is the driving force behind the conference. A longtime researcher on diversity, Kravitz designed the first event last year, which focused on best practices in diversity.

In anticipation of this conference, Kravitz says, “The field of diversity education is ready to profit from increased interaction between researchers and practitioners. This should be a wonderful educational experience for all of us.”

Mason’s Office of Equity and Diversity Services is the title sponsor for the event. Bronze sponsors include Mason’s Office of University Life, Sodexo and Booz Allen Hamilton.

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