Thiel College series returns with discussions of race, Native American and LGBT issues

GREENVILLE, Pa.—Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion Anthony E. Jones, Ed.D. is hosting the latest in a series for students and employees that will focus on specific diversity topics with experts in the field.

The next group of speakers in the Courageous Tomcat Conversation Series begins at 11 a.m. Oct. 19. The online meeting will be led by Jones. The first speaker is Joselyn Parker, who will lead a conversation on being black and gay. Parker is the founder/CEO of SPEAK Project Ohio.

SPEAK Project Ohio is a nonprofit servicing Franklin County, Ohio. Its mission is to promote holistic wellness to children and families through innovative programming that focuses on positive youth development and crisis support services.

Christopher Blakely, Ed.D. will host an interactive conversation about “our lived experiences and leadership journeys” at 11 a.m. Oct. 26. He is the assistant vice president for campus life, dean of students at Florida Gulf Coast University. At Florida Gulf Coast University, Blakely has been instrumental in revamping the university’s comprehensive academic support and retention program for under-represented students. He designed programming, workshops, and retention initiatives to promote student success and instituted a first-year seminar course and a living learning community.

The final speaker in the series is Anton Treuer, Ph.D. at 11 a.m. Nov. 9. He will speak about advancing racial equity, revitalize the Ojibwe language and leverage scholarship and community service to make the world a better place. Treuer is Professor of Ojibwe at Bemidji State (Minn.) University and author of many books. He has been awarded 40-plus prestigious awards and fellowships.

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Thiel College is an independent college founded in the Lutheran tradition. Located in Greenville, Pa., the College offers 60 majors and minors, 24 varsity sports, and an 11:1 student-faculty ratio. The College is also home to a new Master of Science in speech-language pathology and 2Master of Business Administration. Both master’s degree programs offer innovative and accelerated five-year paths which allow students to earn a bachelor’s and master’s degree in five years. The speech-language pathology program also has an accelerated 15-month graduate-level program. The M.B.A. program also has a 12-month post-graduate program.A dedicated faculty paired with dynamic research and internship opportunities produce numerous graduate school and job placements. Coeducational from its beginnings, the College remains committed to combining tradition with innovation as it celebrates 150 years.