INSIGHT Into Diversity’s Lenore Pearlstein to Speak at Ohio Diversity Conference

Owner of Potomac Publishing, Inc. and publisher of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine Lenore Pearlstein will speak at the Ohio Diversity Officers Collaboration’s (ODOC) Seventh Annual Diversity Conference in Rootstown, Ohio, later this month. This year’s theme is “Shifting Diversity Gears: Challenges and Solutions.”

At the event, Pearlstein will discuss diversity and inclusion trends at colleges and universities nationwide based on data and findings from a broad range of institutions. The information comes from applications submitted by recipients of the 2014 INSIGHT Into Diversity Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award and the subsequent 2014 Benchmarking Report compiled by INSIGHT Into Diversity and authored by Dr. Damon A. Williams. Pearlstein will also explore what these findings mean for colleges and universities, as well as offer recommendations for improvement.

The HEED Award recognizes U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion. It measures an institution’s level of achievement in regard to broadening diversity and inclusion on campus through initiatives; programs and outreach; student recruitment, retention, and completion; and hiring practices for faculty and staff. One goal of the award is to help schools assess their diversity efforts in order to help them build upon their success and improve where necessary.

The conference is Friday, July 24 at the Northeast Ohio Medical University campus (NEOMED) in Rootstown. Other speakers include Derald Wing Sue, PhD, professor of psychology and education at the Teachers College at Columbia University; Dr. David Gordon, dean of the College of Health Professions at the University of Akron; Lonny Rivera, PhD, associate superintendent of the Ohio Department of Education; and more.

The ODOC brings together various members of Ohio institutions, including faculty, staff, students, and administrators and serves as the pre-eminent voice for diversity officers and multicultural professionals in higher education. For more information about ODOC, visit