About the Keynote

Diversity's promise for excellence: The leadership imperative in and for a pluralistic society

Friday, March 27, 2015
8:15-9:30 a.m.
PSU Theatre

Open to the public.

Diversity is no longer a projection — it is a reality. Yet creating institutions and preparing the leadership for a diverse society requires increasing institutional capacity for diversity. It is now clear that re-framing our ways of thinking about diversity institutionally provides an opportunity to confront the unfinished business of the past even as we address the newer issues of today.

This talk will outline the next generation of work on diversity and inclusion and will suggest some of the key issues that are emerging from research and practice for higher education especially focused on leadership implications. 

Daryl G. Smith

Daryl G. Smith

Senior Research Fellow, Claremont Graduate University

Daryl G. Smith, senior research fellow and professor emerita of education and psychology at Claremont Graduate University, is the keynote speaker for the 2015 SCDC. Dr. Smith’s research, teaching and publications are in the areas of organizational implications of diversity, assessment and evaluation, leadership and change, governance, diversity in STEM fields and faculty diversity.

Smith served as one of three Principals responsible for the evaluation of the James Irvine Foundation Campus Diversity Initiative, in collaboration with the Association of American Colleges. This six-year initiative involved 28 independent California institutions in the development of sustainable diversity practices in the higher education field. It resulted in a resource kit for campuses and a monograph, “Making a Real Difference with Diversity: A Guide to Institutional Change.”

In addition, she was a participant in a Kellogg Foundation Research Advisory Board, Harvard Medical School, and served as part of two U.S. delegations to Ford Foundation tri-national conferences on campus diversity in higher education for India, South Africa and the United States. Smith served as a Fulbright Senior Specialist in South Africa in 2010 and 2012.

Free keynote

The Keynote presentation is free and does not require conference registration; however, conference registration assures priority seating for the keynote presentation.