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NKU symposium to focus on producing graduates prepared for the global workforce

From Oct. 13-14

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. (Oct. 10, 2016) — Northern Kentucky University from Oct. 13-14 will host “Forging Partnerships for Inclusive Excellence,” an immersive symposium to examine the importance of creating inclusive environments in higher education and corporate America.

In addition to bringing together corporate and academic thought leaders, the symposium will feature emerging scholarship, interactive workshops, and keynotes that will highlight best practices for reaching the goal of making excellence inclusive.

“Higher education has always viewed the corporate sector as being one step ahead of us in this area,” said Andra R. Ward, President & CEO of The Khafre Ward Corp. and a member of NKU’s Board of Regents. “And yet the corporate sector looks to the academic world for validation. Very few times are there opportunities for both sides to sit together and discuss this topic and desired outcomes.”

On Thursday NKU President Geoffrey S. Mearns will join researcher and author Dr. Damon Williams; University of Cincinnati Vice President for Equity and Inclusion Dr. Bleuzette Marshall; and Eastern Kentucky University Chief Diversity Officer Dr. Timothy Forde for a moderated panel discussion.

Friday will offer presentations, workshops, and a keynote lecture by Dr. Williams, who is Senior Vice President and Chief Educational and Youth Development Officer at The Boys and Girls Clubs of America. Speakers include Cincinnati State Technical and Community College President Dr. Monica Posey and Chris Brassell, Director of U.S. Inclusion & Talent Management for PricewaterhouseCoopers.

All events will be held at NKU’s Votruba Student Union Ballroom. The cost is $50. NKU students may attend free of charge.