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Dr. Maura Cullen to Speak About Diversity
02.07.13 |
Dr. Maura Cullen, a consistently top-rated keynote speaker, will visit the Lebanon Valley College campus Tuesday, February 12 to present a series of programs related to diversity and inclusivity.

Cullen’s visit includes a campus-wide address in Leedy Theater from 11 a.m.–12 p.m. titled, “Dumb Things Well-Intended People Say: Skills to Increase Your Diversity Competence,” during which she will speak about transforming the quality and effectiveness of everyday interactions without being perceived as offensive. She will also meet with student leaders, staff, faculty, and administration in the afternoon for professional development in relation to diversity.

“Even well intended people cause harm and may accidently offend or hurt another without ever knowing why,” said Cullen.

Cullen’s unique approach to diversity is inspiring as she uses practical examples, humor, and storytelling in a widespread appeal. It is her goal to transform organizations and people into more culturally competent, respectful, and engaging individuals while transforming the atmosphere in a positive manner. She has educated more than 500 organizations throughout the United States, Canada, and Australia during her time as a speaker.

“Cullen stood out because she works with students, organizations, and corporations. She really works across the board and is well received. She does this in a very pointed, engaging, and entertaining way,” said Venus Ricks, director of multicultural affairs.

“Her visit is intended to encourage civility on campus and to get them to talk about diversity issues in a more positive manner,” Ricks said. “The world is changing, we know that. So how do we prepare people for that? It’s really about community and what we want in it and what we don’t.”

Student Government will also sponsor “Diversity Day” on February 12 to showcase various aspects of diversity and inclusion with several activities. Many campus clubs and organizations will conduct activities and provide informational materials in Mund College Center from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Additionally, a variety of cultural foods will be available in the dining hall.

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