Diversity Colloquium: The Power of Perception in Civil Rights Law

Article Posted -- March 10, 2017

Thursday, March 23
10:50 am • Performing Arts Center

Sussex County Community College (SCCC) will tap into the subject of diversity by holding a Diversity Colloquium on Thursday, March 23 at 10:50 a.m. in the Performing Arts Center.  The Colloquium topic, “The Power of Perception in Civil Rights Law,” will examine the limitations of the current paradigm for eliminating discrimination. Guest speakers will be present to discuss issues of implicit bias, racial anxiety, microaggression and reimaging diversity.

Guest speakers include the following professionals in their field:
Dr. John Fitzgerald Gates is the Vice President for Diversity at the University of Virginia School of Engineering, and Principal and Chief Strategist of Criticality Management Consulting. Dr. Gates is an esteemed organizational scientist, expert in Strategic Diversity Management, and in-demand corporate strategist. He is author of the groundbreaking research and thought leadership series, “STRATEGY: The Evolution of Diversity and Inclusion Thought and Practice,” featuring his two decades of research and practice in the field of Strategic Diversity as well as the commentary of diversity executives from 20 leading companies, sports franchises, and nonprofit organizations. The STRATEGY series has been heralded as the authoritative word on contemporary diversity management. Dr. Gates has held the positions of Associate Dean of Harvard College, Chief of Staff at the University of Vermont, and Executive Director of Global Operations at NYU. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of London, and an Advanced Certificate from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Rachel D. Godsil is a professor at Seton Hall University School of Law. She is the Director of Research and Co-Founder, Perception Institute. Godsil collaborates with social scientists on empirical research to identify the efficacy of interventions to address implicit bias, racial anxiety, and stereotype threat. She has co-authored a wide variety of articles, book chapters, and reports focusing on these concepts, and regularly authors amicus briefs on behalf of empirical social psychologists in the Supreme Court. Godsil works with a wide range of private and public institutions seeking to address the role of bias and anxiety associated with race, ethnicity, religion, and gender. She practiced law in New York City as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York and as an Associate Counsel at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund. Currently, she is the Eleanor Bontecou Professor of Law at Seton Hall University School of Law and has taught at both the University of Pennsylvania Law School and New York University Law School.

Michele C. Meyer-Shipp, Esq. is Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer at Prudential. She is responsible for leading and supporting all diversity and inclusion efforts for the company, and for ensuring ongoing compliance with federal and state equal employment opportunity/affirmative action laws. She is on the Boards of GLSEN, Inc. (The Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network), the National Organization on Disability, Women Presidents’ Organization, and the American Conference on Diversity. She is an active member of several professional associations and is a Co-Chair of the Asia Society Global Talent and Diversity Council. Meyer-Shipp has been named a “Diverse Attorney of the Year” by the New Jersey Law Journal, and has received numerous honors including the Oliver Randolph Award from the Garden State Bar Association, the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association’s Women’s Initiative and Leaders in Law (WILL) Platinum Award for the Corporate Sector, and was recently inducted into the Rutgers African-American Alumni Alliance Hall of Fame. She has made the Black Enterprise list of Top Executives in Corporate Diversity, and has also been named one of the “Most Powerful & Influential Women of the Tri-State Area” by The Tri-State Diversity Council.

The Diversity Colloquium, held at SCCC’s Performing Arts Center, is open to the community and free of charge.