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Louis L. Redding lecture set for March 14

‘Hidden Figures’ author to provide keynote

Writer, researcher and entrepreneur Margot Lee Shetterly will deliver the annual Louis L. Redding Lecture at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 14, in the Multipurpose Room of the Trabant University Center on the University of Delaware campus in Newark.

Shetterly is the author of Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race. The New York Times bestseller was turned into a film, currently in theaters, starring Taraji P. Henson (Empire), Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae, Kirsten Dunst and Kevin Costner. 

Shetterly will talk about race, gender, science and the history of technology. She will show the surprising ways that women and people of color have contributed to American innovation while pursuing the American Dream.

The lecture is free and open to the public. Those who plan to attend are asked to RSVP by March 1 at this website.

Shetterly is also the founder of the Human Computer Project, a digital archive of the stories of NASA’s African-American “Human Computers” whose work tipped the balance in favor of the United States in World War II, the Cold War, and the Space Race.

Shetterly’s father was among the early generation of black NASA engineers and scientists, and she had direct access to NASA executives and the women featured in the book. She grew up around the historically black Hampton College, where the women in Hidden Figures studied.

In addition to Shetterly’s lecture, the University will recognize the recipients of the Louis L. Redding Diversity Award and the Louis L. Redding Scholar Award at the event. More information about the awards and the nomination process is available on the University’s diversity website.

Coinciding with Shetterly’s visit, the University of Delaware Library will mount a special exhibition featuring women of color in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

The Louis L. Redding lecture honors the late civil rights pioneer, a prominent lawyer in Wilmington, Delaware, whose work led to educational opportunities for African American students in the state and nation. In 2013, the University dedicated a new residence hall named in his honor.

CHIEF DIVERSITY ADVOCATE

This month’s featured diversity advocate is Tanya Gressley, associate professor in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR). She serves as the faculty mentor for the Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANNRS) student group and started the AGcelerate Enrichment Program with Erin Brannick, assistant professor in CANR. For a list of Chief Diversity Advocates please click here.

IN THE SPOTLIGHT


LaNita Gregory Campbell (above) is the new Postdoctoral Fellow in the Office of the Provost. As an interdisciplinary health and gender researcher she has over six years of experience as a research and project management assistant. Read more about LaNita here.

NEW COUNSELING SERVICES


UD is offering new counseling services with Cecily Sawyer Harmon, a licensed clinical social worker who previously worked with UD’s Employee Assistance Program. Read more.

DIVE IN+: DIVERSITY INSTITUTE

Over 50 people came out to the Perkins Student Center on Jan. 5 for Dive Into Art, the opening session of the Dive In+: Diversity Institute, to hear spoken word performances by University of Delaware senior Daniel Farmer, I.N.X, UD alumni Gemelle John of the Class of 2015 and Joshua Morris of the Class of 2013, as well as musical performances by Khayden Arts. Read more about Dive Into Art and the institute here.

DIVERSITY ACTION PLAN


At his inauguration, UD President Dennis Assanis highlighted the importance of inclusive excellence.  To watch the full ceremony, please visit this site. Click here to read the speech.

For more information, please read the Diversity Action Plan. The Diversity Action Plan has also been made available in Spanish. Ver un plan de acción para la diversidad en la UD.
he University of Delaware is a proud institutional member of several key organizations concerned with diversity on college campuses. Please visit their websites for valuable resources and information.

The National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD)

The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU)

The American Association of University Women (AAUW)


UPCOMING EVENTS

February 2017  -- Black History Month

Tuesday, January 3 to March 3
LIBRARY EXHIBIT - Solomon Bayley and Antislavery in Delaware

Thursday, February 9, 6:00 p.m.
DR. JAMES E. NEWTON: A LIFE STORY in ART (BAMS)
Trabant Theatre

Thursday, February 23
Black History Month Extravaganza
Featuring Danny Glover

Tuesday, March 14, 4:00 p.m.
PAUL R. JONES LECTURE
Fo Wilson, The Liminality of Race and Representations of Blackness
Bayard Sharp Hall

 
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