Past Events: Center for Diversity Innovation

Prof. Katherine W. Phillips, Authenticity as the Path to Excellence in Graduate School and Beyond: A Mentoring Dinner for UB Students

Picture of Prof. Katherine Phillips, standing at microphone, in Center for the Arts atrium, addressing remarks to graduate students in attendance (seated at tables).

Prof. Katherine W. Phillips, engaged in discussion with University at Buffalo students during the Center for Diversity Innovation mentoring dinner. Photo: Nancy Parisi

Picture of Prof. Katherine Phillips, surrounded by students and Maura Belliveau, in the Center for the Arts atrium, at the end of the event.

Prof. Katherine W. Phillips and non-camera-shy attendees at the mentoring dinner. Photo: Nancy Parisi

October 17, 2019

Prof. Katherine Phillips shared remarks and engaged in Q&A with approximately 50 UB students during a mentoring dinner, sponsored by the UB Center for Diversity Innovation.

Prof. Katherine W. Phillips, The Path to Excellence: How Diversity Benefits Individuals, Groups, and Organizations

Picture of Prof. Katherine Phillips on stage at Slee Hall, in front of a slide that says, "What is the Value of Diversity?".

Prof. Katherine W. Phillips, speaking at Slee Hall, University at Buffalo. Photo: Nancy Parisi

October 17, 2019

The Center sponsored a campus-wide presentation by renowned diversity scientist Prof. Katherine Phillips (Columbia University). Prof. Phillips shared the voluminous empirical evidence demonstrating how diversity enables individuals, groups and organizations to achieve higher performance. The event, attended by over 200 faculty, staff, administrators and students, was following by a reception in the Center for the Arts.

Buffalo Niagara Partnership: Diversity Conference

June 10, 2019

The Center is a co-sponsor and workshop provider at the Buffalo Niagara Partnership’s diversity conference, scheduled for June 10, 2019.

Professional Staff Senate, Inclusion and Diversity Committee Conference

Panel of PSS members, seated at a table.

Knowing, Being, Doing: Building a Diverse and Inclusive Community at UB

June 4, 2019

An open conversation on Campus Diversity presented by Professional Staff Senate’s Inclusion and Diversity Committee

This event will incorporate inclusive excellence by:

  1. Being (re)introduced to diversity theories and models that help guide our daily interactions with others across difference and identifying ways to infuse theory into our practice.
  2. Increasing awareness of how one’s multiple identities impact their work at UB and recognizing the importance of multicultural competency of our campus.
  3. Engaging in diversity and inclusion related conversations among and between colleagues and identifying institutional policies and procedures that help create and build an inclusive campus community. 

Lead Together: Building Inclusiveness in Today's World

Lead Together Conference keynote speaker, Ted Childs, Jr., standing at podium.

Lead Together Conference keynote speaker, Ted Childs, Jr., retired VP of Workforce Diversity, IBM

May 10, 2019

The Center for Diversity Innovation served as a co-sponsor of the UB Center for Leadership and Organizational Effectiveness conference, “Lead Together: Building Inclusiveness in Today’s World.” Dr. Maura Belliveau, Director of the Center, also provided two workshops for participants.

Expanding the Mentor’s Toolkit: Mentoring as Antidote to Unconscious Bias

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Buffalo Room
10 Capen Hall

Luncheon
11:15 a.m. — 12 p.m.

Workshop
12 p.m. — 1:30 p.m.

Open to All UB Faculty

Workshop

Historically, mentoring relationships have been based on connections offering higher levels of similarity. What happens when similarity is not there? How do we mentor across dimensions of difference?

In this participatory session, Blake-Beard will share her research and experience to explore how mentoring relationships offer an opportunity to address unconscious bias. In this seminar, participants will work through a series of questions:

  • What’s meant by mentoring and why is it still important?
  • What are the sources of unconscious bias?
  • How does unconscious bias impact mentoring?
  • What steps can be taken to identify and mitigate the impact of unconscious bias?

Stacy Blake-Beard, PhD, is a renowned scholar, consultant, speaker, mentor and coach. She is currently the Deloitte Ellen Gabriel Chair of Women and Leadership at the Simmons College School of Management. She holds a MA and a PhD in Organizational Psychology from the University of Michigan. Her research focuses on mentoring relationships, with a focus on mentoring across difference.

A Workshop for Students: Creating and Leveraging Effective Mentoring Relationships as a Catalyst for Your Success

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Buffalo Room
10 Capen Hall

3:15 p.m.
Snacks and beverages

Workshop
3:45 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.

 

Workshop

Students with access to mentoring relationships are more academically successful and develop a stronger sense of professional identity. The ability to build and maintain effective mentoring relationships is a core leadership competency. But effective mentoring relationships don’t just happen—there are skills and strategies for successfully creating and leveraging mentoring relationships.

In this workshop, we will delve into the following:

  • Basic definitions and characteristics of mentoring, and what distinguishes mentoring from other developmental relationships
  • An interactive assessment exploring the history of mentoring in participants’ academic and career journeys
  • Insight into challenges and opportunities inherent in mentoring, particularly across dimensions of difference/ diversity
  • Introduction to the process of cultivating mentoring relationships at UB and beyond

Stacy Blake-Beard, PhD, is a renowned scholar, consultant, speaker, mentor and coach. She is currently the Deloitte Ellen Gabriel Chair of Women and Leadership at the Simmons College School of Management. She holds a MA and a PhD in Organizational Psychology from the University of Michigan. Her research focuses on mentoring relationships, with a focus on mentoring across difference.