Diversity Lecture Series 2017–2018

The 2017-2018 W&M School of Education Diversity Lecture Series brings distinguished educators from across the country to share their research and work promoting inclusiveness and equity of opportunities for diverse students. The series is part of William & Mary's celebration of the 50th anniversary of the first African-American residential students admitted to W&M. The university honors them and W&M's entire African-American community, past and present, this year through "Building on the Legacy," a series of special events, guest speakers and performances.   


Freeman A. Hrabowski, III
President, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowski, President of UMBC since 1992, is a consultant on science and math education to national agencies, universities, and school systems. He was named by President Obama to chair the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans. He also chaired the National Academies’ committee that produced the report, Expanding Underrepresented Minority Participation: America’s Science and Technology Talent at the Crossroads (2011). His 2013 TED talk highlights the “Four Pillars of College Success in Science.”

Named one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World by TIME (2012) and one of America’s Best Leaders by U.S. News & World Report (2008), he also received TIAA-CREF’s Theodore M. Hesburgh Award for Leadership Excellence (2011), the Carnegie Corporation’s Academic Leadership Award (2011), and the Heinz Award (2012) for contributions to improving the “Human Condition.” UMBC has been recognized as a model for inclusive excellence by such publications as U.S. News, which the past eight years has recognized UMBC as a national leader in academic innovation and undergraduate teaching. Dr. Hrabowski’s most recent book, Holding Fast to Dreams: Empowering Youth from the Civil Rights Crusade to STEM Achievement, describes the events and experiences that played a central role in his development as an educator and leader. 

March 21, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. 
W&M School of Education, 301 Monticello Ave, Williamsburg
Free and open to the public.

About the Hornsby Distinguished Lecture Series

This lecture is supported through a generous endowed gift established by the late Robert Stanley Hornsby ’41, J.D. ’49 and Mrs. Lois Saunier Hornsby with the purpose of enriching a sense of unity for those engaged in the wonders of teaching and learning.

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Past Events 
Cirecie West-OlatunjiNOVEMBER 16, 2017

Revisiting the Promise of Multiculturalism in Education
Cirecie West-Olatunji

Despite efforts to resolve disparities in the educational experiences and outcomes for certain sectors of the American population, persistent underachievement for African American and Latino students, in particular, remains a challenge. It has been stated that these issues translate into decreased civic engagement and, ultimately, lack of sufficient innovation in industry to compete on a global scale. Ideas, such as education reform, charter schools, Response-to-Intervention, and vocational academies have been proposed. Yet, educational scholars may need to revisit the core assumptions of multiculturalism in all disciplines, including but not limited to special education, school counseling, curriculum and instruction, and research methods. Dr. West-Olatunji will discuss five culturally informed approaches that can transform the outcomes for culturally and socially (based on sexual orientation, class, religion, ability, etc.) marginalized individuals throughout the educational pipelines, including doctoral studies. This lecture is intended to inspire, instruct, and (re)ignite the college community toward action.

Cirecie A. West-Olatunji serves as associate professor at Xavier University of Louisiana and director of the Center for Traumatic Stress Research. She is also a past president of the American Counseling Association (ACA) and the Association for Multicultural Counseling and Association (AMCD). Nationally, Dr. West-Olatunji has initiated several clinical research projects that focus on culture-centered community collaborations designed to address issues rooted in systemic oppression, such as transgenerational trauma and traumatic stress.


Jerlando JacksonOCTOBER 11, 2017

Diversity Prism Imperative: Advancing Organizational Ownership of Disparities in Higher Education
Jerlando Jackson

Many colleges and universities in the United States experience challenges associated with achieving ethnic and racial diversity at their institutions. Surmounting these challenges is imperative, as student bodies, faculty, and staff at American colleges and universities are rapidly growing more diverse. In response to these landscape changes, Professor Jackson will discuss his new working concept “Diversity Prism Imperative” and how it can shape future research, policy, and practice in higher education.

Jerlando F. L. Jackson is the Vilas Distinguished Professor of Higher Education and the Director and Chief Research Scientist of Wisconsin’s Equity and Inclusion Laboratory (Wei LAB) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His central research interest is organizational science in higher education, with a special interest in hiring practices, career mobility, workforce diversity, and workplace discrimination. He also has a portfolio of research focused on interventions designed to broaden participation for underrepresented groups in the scientific workforce.