Making diversity work: Building institutional capacity

9:45 - 11:00 a.m., Friday, March 27, 2015
PSU Theater

Strand Plenary

This session will follow the keynote address and provide opportunities for further discussion and implications for institutional change.


Senior Research Fellow Daryl Smith

Daryl 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.