American Council on Education Executive to Deliver Unity Luncheon Address

American Council on Education Executive to Deliver Unity Luncheon Address
William B. Harvey, vice president and director of the American Council on Education's (ACE) Center for Advancement of Racial and Ethnic Equity, will serve as keynote speaker at the 13th annual Unity Luncheon.

The campus community is invited to come together for the 13th annual Unity Luncheon, ?Pressing On: Enhancing Diversity in Turbulent Times,? on Monday, Jan. 26, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Bronco Student Center, Ursa Major Suite.

William B. Harvey, vice president of the Washington, D.C.-based American Council on Education (ACE) and director of its Center for Advancement of Racial and Ethnic Equity, will deliver the keynote address. He will challenge the university to develop strategies for enhancing educational access and diversity in a period marked by uncertainty and unprecedented change. Harvey?s message will spark dialogue and offer practical strategies to assist the campus community in reaffirming personal and institutional commitments to diversity and equal opportunity.

Harvey received his doctorate in anthropology and master?s in education from Rutgers University. He has spoken and written extensively on a range of topics dealing with diversity in higher education, including tolerance, racism and race relations on campus, and obstacles facing African-American and Hispanic scholars and students.

New university President J. Michael Ortiz and his wife, Betty, will be welcomed to campus by luncheon organizers.

The third Diversity Leadership Award, which recognizes individuals who are advocates and leaders in the area of diversity both on and off campus, will be presented to Diamond Bar resident Ingrid C. Johnson, a community leader and co-founder of the Council of African American Parents (CAAP), a parent/community driver nonprofit organization. For the past several years Johnson has worked with Cal Poly Pomona to enhance the educational opportunities of students through academics, social activities and cultural awareness.

In addition, eight faculty, staff and students will be honored as ?diversity champions? for their leadership and service to the university, and an opportunity drawing will raise funds for student scholarships.

The Unity Luncheon is co-sponsored by the Asian Pacific Faculty, Staff & Student Association; the Black Faculty & Staff Association (BFSA); the Latino Faculty, Staff & Student Association; and Pride Alliance. Each year, leadership for the luncheon rotates between these groups, and this year?s event is under the direction of BFSA.

Space for the luncheon is limited. Cost to attend is $15 for faculty, staff and the general public, and the registration deadline is Wednesday, Jan. 21. To register, contact Brandi Strand at (909) 869-5376 or e-mail Cost is $12 for students, who must register by Tuesday, Jan. 20, by calling the Office of Student Life at (909) 869-2841. Additional information is available at