This week Northwood University celebrated Diversity Week, hosting several events that shed light on the importance of diversity and inclusive cultures. We set aside the time this week to observe and appreciate the efforts given by visionaries like Martin Luther King Jr. who believed that we must all keep moving forward towards a future where people are not judged on the color of their skin, but the contents of their character.
On Monday, we celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a luncheon and keynote speaker Kimberly Houston, former Chief Diversity Officer, Global Community Relations Director and President of the Dow Corning Foundation. She shared with students, staff and faculty her experiences growing up in the civil rights era and how we face some of the same issues today.
Tuesday, Soup and Substance keynote speaker Gael De Martelaere discussed the importance of having inclusivity in life, the workplace, and the community. He is also a passionate Inclusion and Diversity advocate working with the GLAD Employee Resource Group at Dow.
On Thursday, we hosted keynote speakers Duane Sigelko and Mary Kay McDermott where they discussed issues immigration and refugees around the world. Both have been active in assisting refugees in the United States for decades, and shared their moving experiences with the Northwood community.
All of these narratives paint vivid pictures of our world today, its diversity greater than ever before. Northwood University strives to create a diverse and inclusive culture for all its students, staff and faculty. We know that in the increasingly diverse world ahead of us, we must all work together to help one another reach our fullest potential as individuals, and as a society.
Have a great weekend!