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Diversity and Social Justice Expert to Share his Knowledge

Gary R. Howard to address Northwestern audiences in Evanston and Chicago

EVANSTON, Ill. --- Author, educator and diversity trainer Gary R. Howard -- founder of the REACH Center for Multicultural Education -- will be the keynote speaker at four free Northwestern University workshops on cultural competence in the workplace -- three on May 7 and 8 on the University’s Evanston campus and one on the Chicago campus on May 7.

“The Next 50 Years: Creating a Campus Climate of Equity and Respect” is the final event in programming by Northwestern University’s Women’s Center titled “Power and Privilege: A Call to Action.” The 2013-14 series reflects Northwestern’s strategic plan emphasizing the importance of connecting the University community to create a more inclusive environment. You can pre-register online.  


During Howard’s 40-plus year career he has dealt with issues of civil rights, social justice, equity, education and diversity, including 28 years as the founder of the REACH Center for Multicultural Education. He has provided extensive training in cultural competence and culturally responsive practice to schools, universities, social service agencies and businesses throughout the United States and Australia. Howard also has written numerous articles on race, justice and multicultural issues and he has developed collections of curriculum  materials that are being used internationally. For more on Howard, visit his website.

“The Next 50 Years” workshops will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 7, in Wieboldt Hall, 339 E. Chicago Ave., on the Chicago campus, and from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, May 7, in Room L07 in Harris Hall, 1881 Sheridan Road, and from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, May 8, in Norris University Center’s Wildcat Room, 1999 Campus Drive, in Evanston. Lunch will be provided during the May 7 and May 8 mid-day sessions. A breakfast workshop for Northwestern faculty only will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 8, in the Big 10 Room of Norris Center. The deadline for the two luncheon sessions is Monday, May 5.

Audience members will have an opportunity to participate in conversation and an interactive keynote talk as Howard helps to generate ideas and develop tools for working together to create equity and inclusion in our daily lives.

The event is co-sponsored by the Office of the President, The Office of the Provost, Vice President for Student Affairs, Kellogg School of Management’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion, McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, Assistant Provost for Diversity and Inclusion, The Graduate School, Counseling and Psychological Services, LGBT Resource Center, Campus Inclusion and Community, and the Center for Global Engagement.

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