A panel discussion of race, jobs and education
Author: John Kirkland
Posted: February 8, 2012

Please join the Center for Academic Excellence and the Office of Global Diversity and Inclusion for an interactive discussion:

"Diverse Human Landscape in Metropolitan Portland, the Global Marketplace, Our Workforce Needs, and PSU's Innovative Classroom Responses"

Tuesday, February 14, 8:30 to 10 a.m.
Millar Library, Room 160

At this event the newly released data describing the racial disparities throughout the metro region will be discussed by primary researcher Ann Curry-Stevens, assistant professor of social work, and Consuelo Saragoza, senior advisor of Public Health and Community Initiatives at Multnomah County. Following the overview of the data, Dalton Miller-Jones, professor emeritus of psychology, will facilitate a panel discussion with several of our region's prominent employers and leaders:

  • Rich Smith, Vice President for Human Resources, Kaiser Permanente
  • Joshua Todd, Director, Commission on Children and Families, Multnomah County
  • Claudia Valderrama, Global Chief Financial Officer, Wieden & Kennedy
  • Grant Yoshihara, Vice President of Utility Operations and Chief Engineer, Northwest Natural Gas

These business, health, and community executives will share the skills, knowledge, and attitudes needed for graduates of higher education to be successful in today's workplace.

This free event is part of Everybody Reads and is open to the public. Refreshments will be served. RSVP to 503-725-5642 or or


"PSU's Response: Integrating Diversity and Multi-Cultural Competencies into Curricula"

Wednesday, February 29, 8:30 to 10 a.m.
Smith Memorial Student Union, Room 338

This will be a dialogue with PSU faculty who effectively integrate key diversity and multicultural learning objectives in their classrooms.