Upcoming events

The following three events are part of the Center for Diversity and Global Engagement (CDGE) “Activism for Inclusion” series. We hope to see you there.

“Fannie Lou Hamer, the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, and Why We Vote.” Davis Houck ’89, will speak on Tuesday, November 2 in Severance Hall, Room 009.

Houck graduated with honors from the Speech Communication department, and was recipient of the inaugural David Guldin Memorial Award which honors Wooster’s top student-athlete. He currently teaches at Florida State University as an associate professor of Communication. He has written nine books, and is presently working on a new CBS television series titled “Justice Diaries” which attempts to solve race-related murders that occurred during the civil rights movement. His earlier documentary work, “Murder in Black and White” can be seen on TV One and the History Channel. 5:30-6:00 — Reception Severance Connector 6:00 -7:30 p.m. –Lecture + Q&A Severance, Room 009

“Unleashing Voluntarism to Empower Underprivileged Children” Vishal Talreja will speak in Scheide on Thursday, Nov. 4 at 7:30 p.m. Indian snacks and Chai will be provided before the lecture at 7pm.

Talreja will also meet with community entrepreneurs, local non-profit leaders, and speak to several classes over his three day visit. In 2009, a team of students, faculty, staff and alumni from The College of Wooster, designed the Global Social Entrepreneurship (Global SE) experience. Global SE is an innovative program that recruits a multi-disciplinary team of students and professionals to work with social entrepreneurs from around the world on short-term consulting projects. Dream A Dream was one of the first Global SE clients. Vishal Talreja, co-founder and director of Dream A Dream, an Indian organization works with more than 3000 vulnerable children to increase their chances of normal childhood development. Talreja was elected to the prestigious Ashoka Fellowship in 2005. Formerly an investment banker and venture capitalist, he left a lucrative a career to work full-time in the social sector. Bringing a wealth of entrepreneurial talent, he co-founded Dream a Dream in his early twenties and now leads a team of 25 professionals and 1,500 volunteers. Dream-Dream designs and implements programming that builds life skills in underprivileged children. As the executive director of Dream a Dream and a board member in numerous Indian social enterprises, he has mentored many other start-up non-profits. Talreja represented Dream A Dream as an “Architect of the Future” at the Waldzell – Global Dialog on Inspiration in Vienna, Austria, in 2006 and 2007, and at the Global Development Network Conference in Prague, where he was Global runner-up for the Most Innovative Development Project in 2010. This event is a collaborative effort between the Center for Entrepreneurship and CDGE.

“Leading with a Global Mindset” Dr. Mansour Javidan will speak in Scheide on Thursday November 18th at 7:30pm as part of the International Education Week celebrations and also as part of the Wilson Speaker Series.

Multiple award-winning executive educator and author whose teaching and research interests span the globe, Dr. Mansour Javidan received his MBA and Ph.D. degrees from the Carlson School at the University of Minnesota. He is Dean of Research and the Garvin Distinguished Professor at Thunderbird School of Global Management in Arizona. Javidan is the President and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the world-renowned research project on executive performance and leadership, titled GLOBE (Global Leadership and Organizational Behavior Effectiveness). As the primary editor and writer of the recently published GLOBE book, he is the co-principal investigator of the GLOBE Phase 3 research program. The book was the recent winner of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology’s (SIOP) award competition for “The M. Scott Myers Award for Applied Research in The Workplace.” Dr. Javidan has been designated an Expert Advisor (Global Leadership) by the World Bank and a Senior Research Fellow by the U.S. Army. He is also on the Board of Directors of Business for Diplomatic Action. He has designed and taught a variety of executive development courses, offered and facilitated workshops, conducted consulting projects, and made presentations in 22 countries around the world. This event is a collaborative effort between the Wilson Speaker Series, The Office of the President, and CDGE.

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