Equity Within the Classroom Conference
Wilson Hall, Room 418
371 Wilson Boulevard
Rochester, MI 48309-4486
(248) 370-3645
Mark your calendars for the 2017 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Conference:
Wednesday, April 5, 2017.
Details coming soon.


Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Conference
Leveraging Diversity: 
Beyond the Conversation

Staff, Faculty and Community Member Conference
Wednesday, March 16, 2016  |  7:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Oakland Center, Banquet Rooms
Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided.
Free and open to all OU Faculty and Staff

Student Reception and Book Signing
From Ferguson to the Voting Booth to the Border by Timothy J. Wise
Tuesday, March 15, 2016  |  4 – 6 p.m.
Oakland Center, Fireside Lounge
Participation is FREE and open to all OU students.

Thank you to the 2016 DEI Sponsors.

Gold Sponsors:
Faurecia and Michigan Works

Silver Sponsor:
Marsh & McLennan Agency

Bronze Sponsors:
Arthur J Gallagher and Co., Davis Vision, Delta Dental, Fidelity Investments and TIAA-CREF

Special appreciation to conference supporters InfoArmor and Priority Health.

Barbara Kellerman

Barbara KellermanLEADERSHIP 2016 - It's a System, Not a Person!
Presented by Barbara Kellerman
1:15 p.m.

This is one conversation about leadership in America in 2016 that will NOT fixate on the obvious suspects – leaders such as Obama and Ryan, Clinton and Cruz, Barra and Blankfein. Instead it will look at business and politics through a wide-angle lens. Coming into focus will be not only leaders but followers, the American people. And, coming into focus will be context – this particular country at this particular moment. Professor Kellerman will begin the session by making formal remarks. The session will conclude with a collective conversation that is expected to be cordial and collaborative and … conflictual and contentious!

Barbara Kellerman is the James MacGregor Burns Lecturer in Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School. She is the Founding Executive Director of the School’s Center for Public Leadership; from 2003 to 2006 she served as Research Director. Kellerman has held professorships at Fordham, Tufts, Fairleigh Dickinson, George Washington, Uppsala, and Dartmouth. For the last several years, she has also been Visiting Professor of Business Administration at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. She also served as Dean of Graduate Studies and Research at Fairleigh Dickinson, and as Director of the Center for the Advanced Study of Leadership at the University of Maryland.

Kellerman received her B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College, and her M.A. (in Russian and East European Studies), M.Phil., and Ph.D. (in Political Science) degrees from Yale University. She was awarded a Danforth Fellowship and three Fulbright fellowships. At Uppsala (1996-97), she held the Fulbright Chair in American Studies. Kellerman was cofounder of the International Leadership Association (ILA), and is author and editor of many books including Leadership: Multidisciplinary Perspectives; The Political Presidency: Practice of Leadership; Bad Leadership; Followership; Women and Leadership (co-edited with Deborah Rhode); Essential Selections on Power, Authority, and Influence (2010); and The End of Leadership (2012).The End of Leadership was long listed by the Financial Times as among the Best Business Books of 2012, and selected by Choice as “essential” reading. It was also named by Choice as an “Outstanding Academic Title for 2013.” She has appeared often on media outlets such as CBS, NBC, PBS, CNN, NPR, Reuters and BBC, and has contributed articles and reviews to the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, the Los Angeles Times, and the Harvard Business Review.

Kellerman speaks to audiences all over the world, including, in recent years, Berlin, London, Moscow, Rome, Sao Paolo, Shanghai, Zurich, St. Gallen, Jerusalem, Turin, Toronto, Montreal, Mumbai, New Dehli, Amsterdam, Kyoto, Sydney, and Munich. She has served on, among many others, the Advisory Board of Leadership, the Advisory Board of the AAUW project on Women and Leadership, and the Advisory Board of the Brookings Institution Leadership Initiative. She was ranked by Forbes.com as among “Top 50 Business Thinkers” (2009) and by Leadership Excellence in top 15 of “thought leaders in management and leadership” (2008-09 and again in 2010-2011). In 2010 she was given the Wilbur M. McFeeley award by the National Management Association for her pioneering work on leadership and followership. And in 2015 she was ranked by Global Gurus as # 13 on the list of “World’s Top 30 Management Professionals.” Her most recent book, Hard Times: Leadership in America, was published by Stanford University Press in 2014. Kellerman blogs regularly at barbarakellerman.com.

Timothy J. Wise

Timothy J. WiseBeyond Diversity: Steps for Uprooting Racism, Privilege and Institutional Inequity
by Timothy J. Wise
9:15 a.m. 

Tim Wise, whom scholar and philosopher Cornel West calls, “A vanilla brother in the tradition of (abolitionist) John Brown,” is among the nation’s most prominent antiracist essayists and educators. He has spent the past 20 years speaking to audiences in all 50 states, on over 1000 college and high school campuses, at hundreds of professional and academic conferences, and to community groups across the nation. He has also lectured internationally, in Canada and Bermuda, and has trained corporate, government, law enforcement and medical industry professionals on methods for dismantling racism in their institutions.

Wise’s antiracism work traces back to his days as a college activist in the 1980s, fighting for divestment from (and economic sanctions against) apartheid South Africa. After graduation, he threw himself into social justice efforts full-time, as a Youth Coordinator and Associate Director of the Louisiana Coalition Against Racism and Nazism: the largest of the many groups organized in the early 1990s to defeat the political candidacies of white supremacist and former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke. From there, he became a community organizer in New Orleans’ public housing, and a policy analyst for a children’s advocacy group focused on combatting poverty and economic inequity. He has served as an adjunct professor at the Smith College School of Social Work, in Northampton, MA., and from 1999-2003 was an advisor to the Fisk University Race Relations Institute in Nashville, Tennessee.

Wise is the author of seven books, including his highly-acclaimed memoir, White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son, as well as Dear White America: Letter to a New Minority, and his latest, Under the Affluence: Shaming the Poor, Praising the Rich and Sacrificing the Future of America. He has contributed chapters or essays to over 25 additional books and his writings are taught in colleges and universities across the nation. His essays have appeared on Alternet, Salon, Huffington Post, Counterpunch, The Root, Black Commentator, BK Nation and Z Magazine among others.

Wise has been featured in several documentaries, including “White Like Me: Race, Racism and White Privilege in America” (from the Media Education Foundation), which has been called “A phenomenal educational tool in the struggle against racism,” and “One of the best films made on the unfinished quest for racial justice,” by Eduardo Bonilla-Silva of Duke University, and Robert Jensen of the University of Texas, respectively. He also appeared alongside legendary scholar and activist, Angela Davis, in the 2011 documentary, “Vocabulary of Change.” In this public dialogue between the two activists, Davis and Wise discussed the connections between issues of race, class, gender, sexuality and militarism, as well as inter-generational movement building and the prospects for social change.

Wise appears regularly on CNN and MSNBC to discuss race issues and was featured in a 2007 segment on 20/20. He graduated from Tulane University in 1990 and received antiracism training from the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond, in New Orleans. He and his wife Kristy are the proud parents of two daughters.


Round table discussions will take place from 11 a.m. – noon.
Participants can choose one of the following topics to attend.

Diverse Voices

Chaunda Scott

Chaunda Scott
Associate Professor
Organizational Leadership
Oakland University

Title IX

Joi M. Cunningham
Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives
Oakland University
Odessa D. DespotOdessa D. Despot, Psy.D., LP
Director of Diagnostic Testing
University Counseling Center
Oakland University


The Business Case for Diversity

 Diane LeeDiane Lee
Executive Director
Minority Business Development Agency Center
 Sam SpencerSamuel Spencer
Interim Vice President, Finance, Operations and Processes
Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council

University of Missouri and Diversity

Charles MenifieldCharles E. Menifield
Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Programs
University of Missouri
Michelle Piskulich

C. Michelle Piskulich
Associate Provost
Oakland University

Belonging Equals Student Success and Transformation

Jeremy Johnson
Jeremy Johnson
Graduate Student
Oakland University
 Gabriela SullenGabriela Sullen
Michigan Nonprofit Association Americorps VISTA
Oakland University

The Bystander Role in Microaggressions

Thomas BlumeThomas W. Blume
Associate Professor, Education
Oakland University



7:30 a.m.

8:30 a.m.

8:45 a.m.
Diversity and Inclusion
John C. Burkhardt - Professor, Clinical Practice, University of Michigan; Director, National Center for Institutional Diversity

9:15 a.m.
Beyond Diversity: Steps for Uprooting Racism, Privilege and Institutional Inequity
Timothy J. Wise - Author, Educator, Antiracist Essayist

11:00 a.m.

  • Diverse Voices
  • Title IX
  • The Business Case for Diversity
  • University of Missouri and Diversity
  • Belonging Equals Student Success and Transformation
  • The Bystander Role in Microaggressions


1:15 p.m.
Leadership – It’s a System, Not a Person!
Barbara Kellerman - James MacGregor Burns Lecturer in Public Leadership; Founding Executive Director, Center for Public Leadership. Harvard University 

2:30 p.m.
Monica E. Emerson Diversity Award Presentation