Distinguished doctor to lead Murray State talk on inclusion, diversity

Damon Williams
Damon Williams

MURRAY, Ky. (Oct. 9, 2017) — Murray State University will welcome Dr. Damon Williams on Friday, Oct. 13 to meet with the campus community while sharing his expertise and insight on diversity and inclusion efforts.

Williams will deliver a keynote lecture that afternoon from 3 to 4 p.m. in the Freed Curd Auditorium, located within the Collins Industry and Technology building. Sponsored by both the Murray State University Office of the President and Office of Multicultural Affairs, the event is open to the campus community as well as the general public. A book signing will take place afterwards.

“Dr. Damon Williams has a proven background of promoting diversity and inclusion as a scholar, leader and educator. His insight and expertise has inspired hundreds of organizations as well as countless higher education institutions,” said Murray State President Bob Davies. “Our continued diversity efforts as a campus community are essential as we foster a supportive and inclusive environment for all. We’re honored to welcome Dr. Williams to Murray State University on Oct. 13.”

Williams is widely considered one of the nation’s most dynamic and innovative leaders, winning the 2013 National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education Inclusive Excellence Award for Leadership and serving as a keynote speaker and thought leader to more than 300 institutions throughout the world. He has authored or co-authored several books, offering insights into leading diversity, equity, inclusion and educational achievement efforts.

Williams currently serves as the senior vice president for programs, training and youth development for the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. Prior to joining BGCA, he served as associate vice chancellor, vice provost, chief diversity officer and member of the educational leadership and policy analysis faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Williams received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan Center for the Study of Higher and Post-Secondary Education, where his focus was in the area of organizational behavior and management. He received his master’s degree in educational leadership and his bachelor’s degree in sociology from Miami University.

Williams’ visit to Murray State will include meetings with members of the University and city of Murray leadership teams as well as University student, faculty and staff representatives.

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