On Sept. 25, a day-long workshop was presented by nationally recognized social justice expert, Dr. Kathy Obear. Dr. Obear is the founder and president of The Center for Transformation and Change, author of three books, and consultant to hundreds of universities, human services organizations, and corporations. Dr. Obear has over 30 years of experience specializing in conflict resolution, change management, and creating inclusive environments; and she is a leading expert in helping to establish socially just environments where everyone feels valued and respected.
The training focused on helping participants become better mentors and advisors to students – particularly in supporting Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) students who are underrepresented minorities, women, first-generation college students, or on PELL-grant status. The training was sponsored by CIRCLE, the College of Arts & Sciences, and the Division of Student Affairs. In addition, partial support was provided through the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Inclusive Excellence Initiative.