Joy Gaston Gayles, Alumni Association Distinguished Graduate Professor of Higher Education at North Carolina State University, will speak to this year's Dean's Distinguished Speakers Series theme, "Will (D)iversity, (E)quity and (I)nclusion Die?: Advocacy and Action Towards Greater Accountability in an Empowered University".
The 2022-23 Dean's Distinguished Speaker Series aims to facilitate conversation with preeminent scholars in education on the speaker series topic. The speaker series builds on our historic and current University of Illinois efforts related to community and public engagement, and the increasing expectations of addressing issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion in schools, workplace, and our general society. Ultimately, the speaker series aims to reimagine our role as university actors, catalysts, and social change agents and to spark ways to take accountability, advocacy, and action amidst the challenges and opportunities of building a more equitable, just, and empowered institution and world.