Governors State University to Host Second Annual Inclusive Leadership Conference on January 20

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University Park, IL–(ENEWSPF)–November 28, 2016 – Governors State University is pleased to announce its second annual Inclusive Leadership Conference scheduled for Friday, January 20, 2017. The conference is designed to help GSU’s campus and surrounding community create an understanding and appreciation for multiple identities through self-awareness while encouraging them to be free of misconceptions and prejudices through social justice education. Through interactive workshops and guided group discussions, participants will be able to:  articulate principles of social justice, recognize how their own experiences inform their leadership style and perceptions, understand the importance of diversity in leadership, and identify dynamics of power and privilege when working in groups.

This year’s theme, “Stop the Violence: Listen, Learn, Lead!!!”, speaks to how violence impacts multiple identities of diversity and will demonstrate how education can empower participants with knowledge that will help them recognize how their background and skills can play an influential role in ending violence one leader at a time through social change.

This year’s keynote speaker is Dr. Kevin Lamarr James, Director of Services Learning Department of Sociology, University of Illinois at Chicago.

GSU is asking for workshop proposals that are in line with this year’s theme. Workshop submissions are due by December 9, 2016 and may be submitted at  

Registration Information 
Registration is open until Friday, December 9, 2016. Registration is FREE to GSU students and open to community members and students at other institutions for a $15 fee. Breakfast and lunch will be included.

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About Dr. Kevin Lamarr James

Dr. Kevin Lamarr James is a sociologist with specialization in race, ethnicity, and gender. He has 10 years of experience in faculty and administrative roles, with emphasis in teaching and community engagement that supports student academic, career, and personal success. Dr. James currently oversees service-learning partnerships for the UIC Sociology Senior Capstone, where he works with community-based organizations to provide real-world projects for students to practice their skills and prepare for their career.  He teaches courses in Sociology and African American Studies and recently piloted a dual-enrollment initiative with Whitney Young High School in an effort to attract academically ambitious Chicago Public School students to attend UIC. He serves on the Board of Directors for Village Leadership Academy and the AIDS Foundation of Chicago, and is a 2016 Fellow of the Chicago Urban League’s IMPACT Leadership Program.


Governors State University serves more than 5,500 undergraduate and graduate students with 62 degree programs that prepare them for success in business, industry, healthcare, the arts and education. As a state university, GSU is committed to providing high-quality, accessible, and responsible higher education opportunities. GSU is located 40 miles south of Chicago in University Park, IL and offers the most affordable undergraduate tuition and fees in the state. GSU is committed to embracing diversity and academic excellence.




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