2010 National Diversity in Libraries Conference
Keynote and conference speaker information
We are pleased to have confirmed the following speakers for the NDLC.
Programs will be held in Lewis Library (help · ); keynote addresses, registration, exhibits and poster sessions will be in McDonnell Hall (help · ).
Dr. Michael Fowlin, better known as Mykee, is no stranger to the stage. He has been formally acting since age 11, but started creating voices (via prank calling) at age 9. In addition to his talents on stage, he has an undergraduate degree in psychology from Evangel University, in Springfield, Missouri, and in the fall of 2001, he attained a doctorate degree in clinical psychology from Rutgers University. Oddly enough, he suffers from delusions of grandeur, for, while performing, he is convinced that every audience member is his patient.
His programs combine both his professional acting talents and his psychological training. His mission is to create an atmosphere of worldwide inclusion, not just tolerance, towards all people. He has worked extensively with all age groups in the United States and in other countries. His work has included peer mediation, diversity trainings, gender equity workshops, and violence prevention seminars.
Dr. Fowlin has assembled exciting programs on the issues of race, discrimination, violence prevention and personal identity. His original and powerful presentations, now seen by over a million people, bring a heightened awareness of these issues to your students, faculty, administrators and parents.
He hopes that all audience members will leave his performance with that wonderful, awakening feeling of beauty: the beauty within one’s self and the beauty within others; the celebration of our differences, and the acceptance of our shared experiences.
Roberta Stevens, ALA’s 2010-2011 president-elect, is the Library of Congress Outreach Projects and Partnerships Officer and Project Manager of the National Book Festival. Her 35-year career in libraries includes positions as a school library/media specialist, Chairperson of Media Services for the National Technical Institute for the Deaf at the Rochester Institute of Technology, and Director of Technical Operations for the Fairfax County Public Library. She began her 25 years at the Library of Congress as the Customer Services Officer managing product development, marketing, customer support and accounting operations in the Cataloging Distribution Service. Since then she has held high-profile positions working with members of Congress and their staff, individuals at the highest levels of government, and top donors to the Library. She managed the three-year Library of Congress Bicentennial Program, which included commemorative coins, a commemorative stamp, exhibitions, publications, symposia, concerts, a nationwide Local Legacies Project and the Gifts to the Nation program that resulted in $80 million raised for the Library’s collections, projects and a scholarly center.
Roberta was the first former graduate of the MLS program at Buffalo to be invited as the commencement speaker. Recently she was named the recipient of the 2009 Distinguished Alumni Award from the Graduate School of Education at the University at Buffalo. She is also the 2009 recipient of the Ainsworth Rand Spofford Presidential Award from the District of Columbia Library Association. The award recognizes contributions to the development or improvement of library and information services.
Since 1992, Cheryl Clarke has been the Director of the Office of Diverse Community Affairs and LGBT Concerns at Rutgers University and has specific responsibility for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning student life at Rutgers University, New Brunswick campus. She is also a member of the graduate faculty of the Department of Women and Gender Studies. She has been a member of the campus community since 1969. Dr. Clarke is currently on leave as Director of the Center for Social Justice, and is the Acting Dean of Students for Livingston Campus of Rutgers University.
She received her B.A. from Howard University and her M.A. and Ph.D. in English from Rutgers. She is a poet and the author of four books of poetry since 1983: Narratives: Poems In The Tradition Of Black Women, Living As A Lesbian, Humid Pitch, and Experimental Love. Her poetry and prose have appeared in numerous publications since 1981. She was an editor of Conditions from 1981-1990. Clarke’s poetry is distinguished by its direct explorations of the poetics and politics of sexuality. Her book, After Mecca: Women Poets and the Black Arts Movement was published by Rutgers University Press in January of 2005.
Luke Visconti is the Chief Executive Officer of DiversityInc Media LLC. He directs all editorial and business operations of the publication. DiversityInc.com reaches more than 1 million unique monthly visitors and DiversityInc magazine has an audited circulation of more than 340,000.
Mr. Visconti developed and directs the methodology for The DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity®. His column, “Ask the White Guy,” is a top draw on DiversityInc.com. He is a frequent senior-level lecturer on the business benefits of diversity to corporations, business groups and nonprofit organizations. He is a recognized leader in this field and has appeared on FOX, MSNBC, CNBC and NPR. Mr. Visconti is regularly quoted on diversity issues in publications such as The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, BusinessWeek, Fortune and The Wall Street Journal.
Mr. Visconti and his former business partner founded DiversityInc in 1998. Prior to entering the publishing industry, he was on active duty as a naval aviator and commissioned officer with the U.S. Navy from 1982 to 1990, and in the reserves until 1992. Mr. Visconti holds a bachelor of science degree in biology from Rutgers University.
Trustee, Bennett College for Women
Trustee, Rutgers University
Board Member, New Jersey City University Foundation
Board Member, The PhD Project
Member, United States Navy Diversity Senior Advisory Group
Member, United States Navy Chief of Naval Operations, Executive Panel
Member, Rutgers University, Veterans Services Advisory Council
Member Rutgers, Board of Governors Committee on Alumni & University Relations
October 2009: “2009 HerMANO Award” from Alma Morales Riojas, President and CEO, MANA – A National Latina Organization
January 2006: “Bridge Builders Award” from the Rev. Jesse Jackson at the Wall Street Project conference
May 2006: “Legacy of Leadership” award from Dr. Beverly Tatum, Spelman College
January 2007, Member of the Year, PRIMER
May 2007, named Distinguished Alumnus, Rutgers University
Jorge Reina Schement
Jorge Reina Schement is Dean of the School of Communication & Information, at Rutgers University. He is also Professor II in the Bloustein School of Public Policy, and in the Department of Latino-Hispanic Caribbean Studies. Dr. Schement received his Ph.D. from the Institute for Communication Research at Stanford University, and M.S. from the School of Commerce at the University of Illinois, and is author of over 200 papers and articles, with book credits including, Global Networks (1999/2002), Tendencies and Tensions of the Information Age (1997), Toward an Information Bill of Rights and Responsibilities (1995), Between Communication and Information (1993), Competing Visions, Complex Realities: Social Aspects of the Information Society (1988), The International Flow of Television Programs (1984), Telecommunications Policy Handbook (1982), and Spanish-Language Radio in the Southwestern United States (1979).
A Latino from South Texas, his research focuses on the social and policy consequences of the production and consumption of information, especially as they relate to ethnic minorities. His research has been supported by the Ford Foundation, Markle Foundation, Rainbow Coalition, Port Authority of NY/NJ, Federal Aviation Administration, Federal Communications Commission, National Science Foundation, Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Verizon, and Lockheed-Martin. He has received awards for his policy scholarship from the International Communication Association, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Pace University, the University of Kentucky, UCLA, and Penn State. Schement has served on the editorial boards of twelve academic journals, and has edited the Annual Review of Technology for the Aspen Institute. He is editor-in-chief of the Encyclopedia of Communication and Information.