College community and corporate diversity officers gather for “Diversity Dialogues” symposium and back-to-school reception
Purchase, NY (Oct. 2, 2014) – Manhattanville College School of Business observed the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 with a special colloquium Tuesday, Sept. 30 in the campus' historic Reid Castle. More than 75 Manhattanville staff, students, alumni, and members of the business community gathered to explore diversity, inclusion, and cultural sensitivity issues facing the workplace today. Manhattanville College was the only higher educational institution in Westchester County to acknowledge this milestone.
The evening's esteemed panelists were Rachel Cheeks-Givan, director of global diversity and inclusion, PepsiCo; Valerie Greenly, director of global client services, RW³ CultureWizard; Evelyne R. Matthews, CEO, Matthews and Matthews Consulting (diversityofficers.com); and Dr. Mona Siu-Kan Lau, Manhattanville College adjunct faculty member, co-founder of both Women on Wall Street and European Women in Business. The panelists engaged in conversation about the history of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, emerging trends, and best practices in the arena of diversity and inclusion. Each speaker provided a unique lens on issues – disabilities, race, sexual orientation, culture, nationality, and values – based on their field of work.
"Our students come from all walks of life, many of whom face different types of challenges," said Dr. Anthony Davidson, dean of Manhattanville School of Business. "Manhattanville takes great pride in our ability to make these students feel comfortable and welcomed – and that, perhaps, is more important than any of the academics or programs we have established here."
The colloquium, which followed a special "Welcome Back" cocktail reception, was moderated by Manhattanville College adjunct professor Arthur T. Matthews, with opening remarks by School of Business graduate student David Hylton. In keeping with the college's diversity initiatives, starting this winter, Matthews will teach a class in Alternative/Appropriate Dispute Resolution. The course will be part of the school's International Management program curriculum.
"In any negotiation, mediation, or arbitration, you need to know and understand the different cultural norms and be sensitive to cultural styles," Matthews said. "Diversity is a component of any business environment, especially in doing business globally."
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