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Listen, Engage, Lead: Creating Inclusive Higher Education Communities

Presenters: Elavie Ndura, PhD and Moses Dogbevia, PhD

December 19, 2018 | 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. Central Time

Register | Cost: $50.00

Closed captioning provided.


Drawing from institutional data, their own experiences as chief diversity officers, and current literature, the presenters outline a model of diversity and inclusion practices that would elevate institutional capacities to serve culturally diverse students, faculty, and staff, as well as local communities and the broader global society. The model seeks to create culturally competent and collaborative communities that enhance the well-being and success of all members. Six propositions are at the core of this model:

  1. a safe and welcoming community
  2. equitable opportunities and outcomes
  3. strategic partnerships
  4. intercultural competency
  5. organizational resources
  6. collaborative leadership and accountability
Elavie Ndura and Mose Dogbevia

Following a comparative discussion of their respective institutions' approaches to equity, diversity and inclusion, inspired by this model, they will engage the participants in an interactive activity that explores the complex nature and scope of cultural identity, and ways in which cultural identity shapes lived experiences, their understanding of self and others, as well as approaches to community building and engagement. They will argue that higher education leaders need to understand that their work is not culturally neutral, and that building inclusive communities requires the courage to connect with the lenses through which education and the world are conceptualized (Banks, 2004; Shaull, 1993). They will highlight the relevance and importance of the "Listen, Engage, Lead" framework in transforming higher education campuses into inclusive communities. The presenters will close with an interactive discussion of the challenges and opportunities associated with diversity and inclusion, stressing the need to capture inclusive excellence as the essence of effective diversity and inclusion initiatives

Participants will be able to:

  1. Articulate ways that intersectionality of their cultural identities shape their lived experiences and leadership in higher education.
  2. Conceptualize inclusive communities in their particular socio-cultural contexts.
  3. Develop transformational frameworks for inclusive excellence applicable to their respective campuses.

Elavie Ndura, PhD, Galludet University

Dr. Elavie Ndura is Vice President of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, and Professor of Education at Gallaudet University. In this capacity, she leads Gallaudet's development and implementation of its diversity and inclusion strategic goals, directs institutional visioning and capacity building for inclusive excellence policies and actions, and coordinates institutional response to diversity-related community conflicts and crises. A Fulbright Senior Specialist for education, peace education, and conflict prevention and transformation, Professor Ndura is the recipient of many awards including the 2010-2011 Woodrow Wilson Fellowship at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the Peace and Justice Studies Association’s 2011 Peace Educator of the Year Award, the 2008 United Burundian Community Association Imboneza Award, and the 2004 Reno-Sparks NAACP Brown v. Board of Education 50th Anniversary Award.  Dr. Ndura holds a Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction with emphasis in Bilingual and Multicultural Education from Northern Arizona University, USA; a Masters of Education in Teaching English for Specific Purposes from the University of Exeter, England; a Bachelor’s degree in Arts and Social Sciences with emphasis in English Language and Literature from the University of Burundi; and a Graduate Certificate in Conflict Resolution Advanced Skills from George Mason University.

Moses Dogbevia, PhD, Hastings College

Dr. Moses Dogbevia is a tenured Professor of Chemistry at Hastings College, Nebraska. In this capacity, he has transformed the chemistry major in the department into an all-inclusive major which saw a growth from no chemistry major student to ten or more students. Dr. Dogbevia is also the Director of Multicultural and Diversity Programs for the college. In this capacity, he has significantly increased the number of students from underrepresented populations in the College and in the Chemistry Department. He is a strong advocate of equal opportunities for all regardless of racial affiliation and/or gender. He is committed to advancing sustainable development through science education in Africa. In summer 2013, he was invited to co-led a workshop with Prof. Ndura in Burundi on the role of science education in social and economic development. Over 600 educators, community and political leaders participated in the workshop. Professor Dogbevia holds a Ph.D. in Chemical Physics from University of Nevada Reno, and was a visiting professor of Chemistry at Austin College in Sherman, Texas before assuming his current position at Hastings College. A native of Ghana, where he graduated with a B.Sc. in Physics and a Diploma in Science Education from University of Cape Coast, Ghana, Dr. Dogbevia has extensive experience developing, implementing, and evaluating Physics, Science and Chemistry from a multicultural perspective both at high school and college levels.