National Diversity Day Oct. 2

Saturday, September 19, 2009

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Internationally-known diversity and leadership speaker Dr. Jamie Washington will speak at St. Cloud State University’s third annual National Diversity Day celebration on Friday, Oct. 2.  The event will be held at 2 p.m. on campus in the Atwood Memorial Center, Cascade Room, with a reception to follow.

St. Cloud State marks National Diversity Day as a time to celebrate and embrace who we are despite our differences in race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, nationality or disability.  It is meant as a day to reflect on and learn about different cultures and ideologies, to vow acceptance and tolerance, and to consciously address those areas at educational and religious institutions, in the workplace and at home.

Washington is a speaker, consultant and writer on topics such as diversity, leadership, spirituality, organizational change and community development issues.  He is a founding member of the Social Justice Training Institute, a week-long professional and personal development program that develops skills in facilitating culture change through a diversity lens.

Washington has served in higher education for more than 25 years as the assistant vice president for student affairs and an instructor in sociology, American studies and education, and women’s studies at the University of Maryland Baltimore County.  His most recent work is featured in “African American Men in College” and “Letters from the Road, an Inspirational Book on Leadership and Life.”  He is working on his first book: “Reconciliation: Black, Christian, and Gay, The Journey to Wholeness.”  He is an ordained minister serving as assistant pastor at the Unity Fellowship Church of Baltimore.

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