Join us for a community conversation on I.D.E.A.S. (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Accessibility and Social Justice) in Higher Education!

As students around the world enjoy summer vacations, INW is looking ahead to the upcoming school year. In the complex space of higher education, administrators, faculty, staff, boards, students, and community members are engaging in critical conversations about hot-button topics critical to their campus communities. To that end, INW is excited to invite you to our next community conversation, I.D.E.A.S In Higher Education! Join our distinguished panelists Dr. Johnetta Cole,  Miguel Fernández and Sophia Brown, for a discussion about current and future challenges and opportunities for IDEAS on college campuses. 

Day: Monday July 23rd
Time: noon EST
Platform: Blue Jeans

Register now; seats are free, but space is limited!

About the panelists: 



Dr. Johnetta B. Cole
Principal Consultant, Cook Ross
Former President of Spelman College and Bennett College

Johnnetta Betsch Cole is a Principal Consultant with Cook Ross. Before assuming her current position, she served for eight years as the Director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art.

After receiving a Ph.D. in anthropology with a specialization in African studies from Northwestern University, Dr. Cole held teaching and administrative positions in anthropology, women’s studies, and African American studies at several colleges and universities. She served as the president of both historically Black colleges for women in the United States, Spelman College and Bennett College, a distinction she alone holds. She has authored and edited several books and numerous articles for scholarly and general audiences.

Dr. Cole was the first African American to serve as the chair of the board of the United Way of America. She formerly served on the corporate boards of Home Depot, Merck, and Nation’s Bank South, and was the first woman to serve on the board of Coca-Cola Enterprises. From 2015 to 2016, she was the president of the Association of Art Museum Directors.

Dr. Cole is a Senior Consulting Fellow at the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. She currently co-chairs the American Alliance of Museum’s Working Group on Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion. She is a fellow of the American Anthropological Association and a member of the National Academy of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Cole is currently an active board member for Martha’s Table.

Johnnetta Betsch Cole has received numerous awards and is the recipient of over 60 honorary degrees. Throughout her career and in her published work, speeches and community service, she consistently addresses issues of race, gender, and other systems of inequality.

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Miguel Fernández
Chief Diversity Officer
Middlebury College

Miguel Fernández is the Chief Diversity Officer, charged with promoting equity and inclusion in every aspect of the educational, residential, and professional life of the College. He works on faculty diversity initiatives (including the C3 project), serves as liaison to the Liberal Arts Diversity Officers (LADO) and the Posse Foundation, and supports the Vice President of Student Affairs on student life issues related to diversity and inclusion. Miguel has been a professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese since 1995. He holds a  Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins University in Hispanic Studies and both a B.A. and an M.A. in Spanish from Middlebury College. Miguel's primary field of study is 19th-century Argentine literature with a focus on the gauchesca.  He is co-director and editor for Latin American literature and cultures of Decimonónica, a journal of 19th-century Hispanic cultural production. Miguel has served as both Chair of the Department of Spanish & Portuguese and Director of Latin American Studies. His teaching and research interests include 19th- and 20th-century Latin American literature and cultures; intersections between literary, cultural, and historical discourses; literature and the environment; and Spanish language pedagogy. His latest teaching project has employed project-based learning to put on full theater productions in Spanish.

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Sophia Brown
Masters Student
George Washington University

Sophia Brown is a masters student of Public Policy focusing on program evaluation at the George Washington University. She has held a variety of positions in outreach programming and direct service including serving in Peace Corps Senegal. She is passionate about improving programming for women and girls with intersecting identities and looks to continue work on policies and program frameworks centered around intersectionality, equity, and inclusion. She is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a B.A. in Women’s Studies and a minor in Economics and currently works as a Grants Associate at the Annie E. Casey Foundation.  


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