[Rackham] LEAD: Empowering and Elevating Marginalized Voices

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LEAD, Leading Equity And Diversity, is a series of conversations where attendees have the opportunity to hear from a diverse group of guests who lead and/or support DEI and Social Justice initiatives. This LEAD conversation will address the need to create a more inclusive environment for diverse communities on college campuses. Many faculty, staff and students of color have reported feeling isolated, unheard, and unseen. How can we elevate marginalized voices in the pursuit of racial equity and inclusion on our campuses? Speakers affiliated with the National Center for Institutional Diversity will discuss research and successful initiatives and offer strategies for change. 

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Tabbye Chavous

Professor Tabbye Chavous is the director of the National Center for Institutional Diversity (NCID), associate vice president for research, and a professor of education and professor of psychology at the University of Michigan. She is also a co-founder, co-director, and principal investigator in U-M's Center for the Study of Black Youth in Context (CSBYC). Her expertise and research activities center around (1) social identity development among Black adolescents and young adults; (2) achievement motivation processes among ethnic minority students, including relations among individuals' racial/ethnic, gender, and academic identities; (3) educational transitions in secondary schooling and higher education; and (4) diversity and multicultural climates in secondary and higher education settings and implications for students' academic, social, and psychological adjustment. 


Al Young

Alford A. Young, Jr. is the Arthur F. Thurnau Professor in the Department of Sociology and a professor of African and African American studies, with a courtesy appointment at the Ford School. He serves as faculty director for scholar engagement and leadership at Michigan's National Center for Institutional Diversity (NCID) and associate director of U-M's Center for Social Solutions. He has pursued research on low-income, urban-based African Americans, employees at an automobile manufacturing plant, African American scholars and intellectuals, and the classroom-based experiences of higher-education faculty as they pertain to diversity and multiculturalism. He employs ethnographic interviewing as his primary data collection method. His objective in research on low-income African American men, his primary area of research, has been to argue for a renewed cultural sociology of the African American urban poor. Young received an M.A. and a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Chicago.

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