This panel will discuss how the intersection stems from a social system where a sense of privilege is partially rooted in an artificial sense of superiority.John Graham
VP, Employer Brand, Diversity & Culture
Shaker Recruitment Marketing
Author of Plantation Theory: The Black Professional’s Struggle Between Freedom & Security
John prides himself on helping global companies uncover who they are at their core. He is a diversity, equity, and inclusion practitioner and a culture transformation consultant with Shaker Recruitment Marketing, where his work centers on improving the lived experiences of marginalized employee populations through approaches that disrupt the status quo and create equitable and inclusive environments. He is a New York Times featured author of Amazon Bestseller, Plantation Theory: The Black Professional’s Struggle Between Freedom & Security, which showcases the realities that countless Black corporate professionals face despite best efforts to prove their worthiness of opportunity. It challenges the status quo and urges future generations of Black excellence to recognize how much power they wield and evaluate closely the benefits and the detractors of choosing to work in Corporate America.
John is a double alumnus of the oldest degree-granting HBCU, Lincoln University, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in African Studies and Masters in Education, has a Fostering Diversity & Inclusion certification from Yale School of Management, and was named the 2020 Comparably List of Inspiring Employer Brand Leaders.
Executive Director for Diversity and Inclusive Culture
Patience serves as the Executive Director for Diversity and Inclusive Culture at Drexel University, where she co-leads the development and operationalization of Drexel’s diversity, equity and inclusion plan in alignment with efforts at the school, college, and administrative unit level. She recently served as co-chair of the Faculty Recruitment and Retention Committee of the Anti-Racism Task Force, and was instrumental in synthesizing the 200+ recommendations of the 11 subcommittees of the Task Force for implementation and success monitoring. Patience is a long-time Dragon who joined OED from the Office of Faculty Affairs, where she served as the director of faculty development and diversity. Prior to that role, she was a program manager and graduate advisor in the Dornsife School of Public Health and has worked in the Goodwin College of Professional Studies and School of Education.
Patience is fluent in five languages and has extensive professional experience working with diverse groups across three continents, including the creation and facilitation of several learning and development programs on a variety of topics. She earned her master of science in Nonprofit/NGO Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania, bachelor of science in Social and Behavioral Science from Knoxville College, graduate certificate in Student Development and Affairs from Drexel University, is a certified diversity professional, and holds a PhD in Organizational Development from Cabrini University.
Founder of the National SEED Project
Senior Research Scientist and Former Associate Director
Peggy McIntosh, Ph.D., is the former associate director of the Wellesley Centers for Women and is the founder of the National SEED Project on Inclusive Curriculum (Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity). SEED helps teachers and community members to create their own local, year-long, peer-led seminars. The participants in these seminars use their own experiences and those of their students, colleagues, and families in important conversations that in turn create communities and workplaces that are more inclusive. As a senior research scientist at the Wellesley Centers for Women, McIntosh directs the Gender, Race, and Inclusive Education Project, which provides workshops on privilege systems, feelings of fraudulence, and diversifying workplaces, curricula, and teaching methods.
McIntosh is widely known for her 1988 and 1989 papers on privilege—White Privilege and Male Privilege: A Personal Account of Coming to See Correspondences through Work in Women’s Studies and White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack. Although the term “White Privilege” was used well before McIntosh’s work, it gained widespread use following the publication of these papers. Her four-part series of papers on Feeling Like A Fraud, written over thirty years, also continues to empower readers to draw wisdom from their own life experiences.
Nour Kteily, PhD
Professor of Management & Organizations
Nour’s research investigates how and why power hierarchies between groups emerge and are sustained, and how this influences intergroup relations and prospects for conflict resolution. He is particularly interested in investigating the psychological mechanisms, at both the individual and group levels, that predict support for challenging versus maintaining hierarchy in society. His work has frequently explored these issues in the context of real-world conflicts of great consequence, such as the conflict in the Middle East and the Boston Marathon bombings. Professor Kteily’s research has been published in leading journals such as Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Psychological Science, and Journal of Experimental Psychology: General. His work has also been featured in popular press outlets, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Boston Globe.
In recognition of his research, Kteily has received the SAGE Young Scholar Award from the Foundation for Personality and Social Psychology, the James Sidanius Early Career Award from the International Society for Political Psychology, and the Janet Taylor Spence Award for Transformative Early Career Contributions from the Association for Psychological Science. He also received the Gordon Allport Prize in Intergroup Relations from the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues and the Roberta Sigel Early Career Scholar Paper Award (twice) from the International Society of Political Psychology. In recognition of his teaching, Kteily was voted as Faculty Member of the Year by the Kellogg Masters in Management Studies graduating classes of 2016 and 2017. In 2018, Kteily was named as one of the best 40 business school professors under 40 years of age by Poets & Quants. Professor Kteily received his B.Sc. with First Class Honors from McGill University, his PhD in social psychology from Harvard University, and received a Postdoctoral Award from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council in Canada.
Cornell William Brooks
Hauser Professor of the Practice of Nonprofit Organizations
Professor of the Practice of Public Leadership and Social Justice
Harvard Kennedy School
As well as teaching at the Harvard Kennedy School, Cornell William Brooks leads as Director of The William Monroe Trotter Collaborative for Social Justice at the School’s Center for Public Leadership and serves as Visiting Professor of the Practice of Prophetic Religion and Public Leadership at Harvard Divinity School. Brooks is the former president and CEO of the NAACP, a civil rights attorney, fourth-generation ordained minister, writer, orator, writer, and the executive producer of two films.
Under his leadership, the NAACP secured 12 significant legal victories, including laying the groundwork for the first statewide legal challenge to prison-based gerrymandering. He also reinvigorated the activist social justice heritage of the NAACP, dramatically increasing membership. He conceived and led “America’s Journey for Justice” march from Selma, Alabama to Washington, D.C., over 40 days and 1000 miles, among many other demonstrations.
Prior to leading the NAACP, Brooks was president and CEO of the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice. He also served as senior counsel and acting director of the Office of Communications Business Opportunities at the Federal Communications Commission, executive director of the Fair Housing Council of Greater Washington, and a trial attorney at both the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and the U.S. Department of Justice. He was also the executive producer of the CNN docuseries The People v. the Klan. Brooks holds a J.D. from Yale Law School, where he was a senior editor of the Yale Law Journal and member of the Yale Law & Policy Review, and a Master of Divinity from Boston University’s School of Theology, where he was a Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholar. He also holds a B.A. from Jackson State University. He is a fourth-generation ordained minister in the African Methodist Episcopal Church.
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