The Educating a Diverse Nation Speaker Series address a wide variety of topics on diversity education and multicultural competency. . The program offer an opportunity for our faculty, students, and staff to meet and interact with regionally and nationally recognized leaders in diversity and cultural competency in higher education.

The series was hosted by the Office of Institutional Diversity as a means to reach the Ball State Community and build a better understanding of what it means to be a part of and create a diverse work environment for faculty and students. 

Speaker Series

Diversity Competencies in Higher Education:
Educating a Diverse Nation

Spring 2017

Peter Kranz 6:00 PM, Thursday, April 20, 2017 Art & Journalism Building Room 341

Title: A University Class in Race Relations that made a Positive Difference 

Dr. Kranz is a professor of Counseling Psychology at University of Texas Rio Grand Valley. Peter may be best known for researching racism in the 70’s following the civil rights era. He experimented with confrontation groups as a means of understanding racial identity development to improve race relations in the U.S. Since that time, he has published dozens of articles on diversity and social justice as achieved through intervention. His work on race relations has received national media recognition in The Wall Street Journal, The Lehrer News Hour, PBS (All Things Considered) etc.


Lourdes Rivera  6:00 PM, Thursday, March 23, 2017 Art & Journalism Building, Room 175 

Title: Learning from Each Other: Negotiating Diversity and Multiple Perspectives in Higher Education

Lourdes is an Associate Professor of Counselor Education at the City University of New York. Dr. Rivera’s main area of interest is in career counseling and development with a focus on multicultural issues. Most recently, Dr. Rivera has focused her attention on how best to address the career development needs of young people in the school setting. Working with teachers and administrators, she has participated in the development and implementation of a career development intervention program for students attending an early college high school.


Fall 2016

The scheduled speakers are:
  • Wednesday, September 7, 2016 - Mike Gillilan 2016 Agree to Disagree

Civil and Respectful Communication, Discourse & Debate
Agreeing to Disagree:
“Showing students how they can agree to disagree – with
honesty and respect – is of great value to all”

  • Monday, September 19, 2016 - 1 Diverse Nation Ernie LaPointe 2016

Ernie LaPointe, great-grandson of Hunkpapa Lakota chief,
Sitting Bull (Tatanka Iyotake) is a Sun Dancer, Native American
author, orator, and president and founder of the Sitting Bull
Family Foundation (SBFF).

  • Tuesday, September 27, 2016 - Diverse Nation Amy Reynolds 2016

Co-author for Multicultural Competence in Student Affairs and Creating Multicultural Change
on Campus and sole author of Helping College Students:
Developing Essential Skills for Student Affairs Practice.