Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Rockefeller fellows to discuss gender and sexual orientation

The University of Illinois at Springfield will host a Diversity Forum titled “The Role of Women in 2009” on Tuesday, March 24, at 12:15 p.m. in Brookens Auditorium, located on the lower level of Brookens Library on the UIS campus. The forum is free and open to the public. There will also be a live Webcast of the event; go here to access the Webcast on the day of the event.

Leading the forum as panel members will be fellows from the Rockefeller Foundation’s Next Generation Leadership Program. The program was created in 1997 to create a diverse network of leaders. Program fellows learn to work with individuals from different backgrounds, outlooks and political persuasions with the goal of improving democracy.

Panel members will encourage forum participants to think about issues like fair compensation between men and women and the role of women in positions of leadership in businesses and corporations.

The members of the panel include Sonya Lopez, who works on the recruitment and attrition of first generation college students in her position as the Upward Bound Director at Texas State University; Hilary Morgan, creator and director of Homeward Bound, a transitional housing program for chronic homeless street alcoholics; Arlene Mayzel, vice president and dean of degree programs at Lake Forest Graduate School of Management; and Robert Kallen, founder of RSK Strategies, LLC, which provides expertise and capital to small and growing companies specializing in the food and education sectors.

The event is sponsored by the Barat Education Foundation’s Green Coffey Lecture Series and the UIS Engaged Citizenship Common Experience Speaker Series.

The ECCE Speakers Series at UIS is a campus-sponsored lecture series that aims to exemplify engaged citizenship as part of the university’s effort to foster appreciation for and practice of diversity and the active effort to make a difference in the world.

Upcoming ECCE programs include two showings of the film Milk combined with an “Out in Politics” panel discussion on Friday, March 27, Who Speaks for the Muslim World? with Dalia Mogahed on March 30 and “Lifework of a Bosnian Writer Displaced in Chicago” with Aleksandar Hemon on April 3.

The complete schedule of speakers and topics for the 2009 Spring Semester is available at For information about any ECCE event, contact Kimberly Craig, series coordinator, at 206-6245 or e-mail