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Learning Excellence Summit to Take Place at UNH April 16, 2010

By Jody Record, Campus Journal Editor
April 7, 2010

State and nationally known leaders in higher education, business, government and community agencies will attend a forum at UNH April 16, 2010, to discuss how to build engaged learning communities in the face of New Hampshire's changing demographics.

“Making Excellence Inclusive: Building Engaged Learning Communities Throughout New Hampshire,” the first statewide conversation to address the impact of changing demographics, will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Holloway Commons.  The fee is $20.

According to Wanda Mitchell, vice provost and chief diversity officer at UNH, New Hampshire colleges and universities are now witnessing the impact of the changing demographics, making it necessary for institutions of higher education within the state to strategically provide leadership in collaboration with stakeholders to lead and manage current and future demographic changes in significant ways.

“It is essential for members of the Granite State to engage in dialogue about who we are and to act with intention by collaborating statewide to identify who we are becoming demographically,” Mitchell said. “The summit provides the venue for this to occur among campus, community and corporate leaders who are interested in discussing the issues and identifying expected key outcomes to foster inclusive excellence and quality engagement for our state.”

Guest speakers include Yolanda Moses, associate vice chancellor of the Division of Diversity, Equity, and Excel­lence and vice provost for conflict resolution, University of California-Riverside; Wanda Ward, senior advisor to the director, National Science Foundation; Nancy "Rusty" Barcelo, vice president and vice provost for equity and diversity, University of Minnesota; and Tito Guerrero, president, Cambridge College.

A roundtable discussion will follow the speakers’ addresses. Demographic trends will be presented by the Carsey Institute at UNH.

At the conclusion of this summit, the leaders of the Summit Planning Committee will begin work to develop a New Hampshire College and University Strategic Action Plan that will serve as a guide for institutions of higher education, community agencies, business, and government to continue collaborative working relationships.   The aim of the strategic plan is to provide agreed upon strategic outcomes that will lead to building more engaged and inclusive learning communities throughout New Hampshire.

The event is a collaborative venture sponsored by UNH, Keene State College, Campus Compact of New Hampshire, New Hampshire College and University Council, Prudential Financial, New Hampshire EPSCoR, and Target Corporation.

For more information, visit: www.unh.edu/diversity or contact Mitchell, summit chairperson, or co-chairperson, Debby Scire, executive director Campus Compact for New Hampshire.

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