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Google, Santa Clara, Stanford, San Jose State, De Anza to Dissect Diversity

Thursday, Mar. 17, 2011

SANTA CLARA, Calif.­ March 18, 2011—Students, faculty, higher education leaders, and community members from Northern California are coming together at Santa Clara University on April 30 for the first ever Diversity Leadership Conference aimed at tackling issues related to diversity in the San Francisco Bay Area.

“People think the Bay Area doesn’t have a lot of work to do because it’s so diverse, but the contrary is true,” says Lester Deanes, assistant dean for student life at Santa Clara University. “People living in the Bay Area need to consistently engage in dialogue with each other and across the different communities to continue to move forward and address challenging issues.”
Sponsored by Google, Santa Clara, Stanford, San Jose State, and De Anza College, the conference will have 40 workshops covering four main themes: civic engagement, social justice, education equity, and intersection of multiple identities. Speakers and panelists from at least 15 universities and organizations, such as UC Berkeley, UC Davis, and Mills College will lead the workshops and discussions, including:
Diversity and Inclusion in the Technology Industry – Sarah Stuart from Google will explore some of the opportunities and challenges of diversity and inclusion in the technology industry. She will dive into Google’s culture and commitment to diversity in the workforce, workplace, and marketplace.
Undocumented and Speaking Out! – Many undocumented students continue to have no path to citizenship, but they’re working hard to achieve the American Dream. They will speak out about their struggle of living in the U.S. without citizenship. Isabel Duron from SCU will lead this discussion.
Let’s Talk About Sex…Diversity – Denisse Mendez and Sascha Brown from SJSU will lead an interactive workshop that will focus on sexual diversity and sex positivity through multimedia and group dialogue. It will include but not be limited to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community, and differently-abled community.
Deconstructing Identity: Addenity: How Media Shapes Identity and Self – Jessica Lieberman, Damaris Nieslsen, and Remy Smith from St. Mary’s will show that the meaning of diversity is beyond tolerance and that media can play a key role in achieving a diverse global world.
SCU’s Diversity Leadership Conference website has a full list of all the workshops. The conference will be held at SCU from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 30.
Members of the media who are interested in attending should contact:
Connie Kim Coutain | | 408-554-5126 O | 408-829-4836 C
About Santa Clara University
Santa Clara University, a comprehensive Jesuit, Catholic university located 40 miles south of San Francisco in California’s Silicon Valley, offers its more than 8,800 students rigorous undergraduate curricula in arts and sciences, business, theology, and engineering, plus master’s and law degrees and engineering Ph.D.s. Distinguished nationally by one of the highest graduation rates among all U.S. master’s universities, California’s oldest operating higher-education institution demonstrates faith-inspired values of ethics and social justice. For more information, see

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