Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Week Opening Luncheon and Keynote Address: "Empowering Generation Z"

Monday, January 14, 2019 at 11:30am to 1:30pm

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USC Davidson Conference Center 3409 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Speaker: Vijay Pendakur, Ph.D., Robert W. and Elizabeth C. Staley Dean of Students, Cornell University.

Presentation Title: "Empowering Generation Z: Higher Education, Equity Design, and Tomorrow's Student."

Lunch provided.

Open to: Faculty and staff

Capacity: 120

Keynote Speaker Biography: Before assuming his current position as Dean of Students at Cornell University, Dr. Vijay Pendakur served as Associate Vice President for Student Affairs at California State University – Fullerton (CSUF), where he led a large portfolio of units including the Career Center, Student Health Services, Counseling and Psychological Services, the Veterans Resource Center, Disability Student Services, EOP, the University Learning Center, Athletic Academic Advising, and more. While at CSUF, he created elements of the institutional strategic plan, with special focus on the equity and graduation goals for our low-income college students, first generation students, and students of color. Prior to CSUF, he led a department at DePaul University dedicated to promoting student success for higher-risk and underserved college students, with special emphasis on graduates of the Chicago Public School system. Dr. Pendakur is also a scholar of diversity and inclusion work. He recently edited Closing the Opportunity Gap: Identity-Conscious Strategies for Retention and Student Success and has published chapters and articles in New Directions in Higher Education: Reclaiming Higher Education’s Purpose in Leadership Development, Leadership Theory: A Facilitator’s Guide for Cultivating Critical Perspectives, Diversity & Democracy, The Leadership Exchange, as well as chapters in several books focused on Asian American college students.

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Lecture / Talk / Workshop, Free Food, Reception




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