Renowned diversity expert Damon Williams to visit SUNY Cortland

CORTLAND, N.Y. - One of the nation’s foremost authorities on diversity, equity, and inclusion will speak at SUNY Cortland on Thursday, Nov. 2.

Damon A. Williams Ph.D will host an open community forum from 3:45 - 4:45 p.m. in the Corey Union Function Room.

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will offer strategies for businesses, higher education institutions, and non-profit organizations to strengthen their commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. The event is part of Williams’ nationwide Inclusive Excellence Tour.

Williams is senior vice president and chief education officer for the Boys and Girls Clubs of America (BGCA), where he created the first digital innovation platform for the organization. He has worked with more than 1,000 colleges and universities, Fortune 100 companies, foundations, and government agencies as a keynote speaker, strategist, and educator.

He is the best-selling author of Strategic Diversity Leadership: Activating Change and Transformation In Higher Education. He also co-authored The Chief Diversity Officer: Strategy, Structure, and Change Management, the first book to discuss the role of a Chief Diversity Officer. His most recent publication, Voice, Choice, Access and Passion: Preparing the Centennial Generation for Leadership, offers key strategies for preparing youth for leadership in a global and interconnected world.

Williams is a recent recipient of the University of Michigan’s Bicentennial Alumni Award. His research has been recognized by the American Educational Research Association (AERA), American Council of Education (ACE), Association of American Colleges and Universities (AACU), National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA), and the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO).

Thursday’s forum is sponsored by the SUNY Cortland Institutional Equity and Inclusion Office.