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February Black History Month Event to Focus on Diversity Competence

Maura J. Cullen, Ed.D.Franklin College will host the fifth lecture of its 2016-17 Convocation Lecture Series, while also recognizing Black History Month. The lecture, titled “Dumb Things Well-Intended People Say: 10 Skills to Increase Your Diversity Competence,” will feature the Maura J. Cullen, Ed.D., at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 23 in the Branigin Room located in the Napolitan Student Center.

Cullen is widely considered one of the nation’s foremost authorities on diversity issues on college campuses today. Cullen will discuss statements people often make in an effort to be supportive or complimentary but are actually problematic. Meant as joining statements, these remarks often have the opposite effect and end up creating a larger divide. Participants will gain knowledge of communication traps, how to avoid them and what tools to use in their place.

Admission to the lecture is free and open to the public.

Franklin College tradition includes hosting an annual Convocation Lecture Series that promotes the ideals of the institution. Franklin College upholds a common set of values that enhances the community and sustains personal, spiritual, intellectual and professional growth for a lifetime. The college values people of integrity, a commitment to inclusivity, a culture of intellectual curiosity, the drive for innovation and creativity and the spirit of community.

For more information, contact the Office of Marketing and Communications at (317) 738-8185.

Founded in 1834, Franklin College provides a liberal arts and sciences education that fosters independent thinking, innovation, leadership and action for ever-changing professions and a globally connected world. With an emphasis on engaged learning opportunities, Franklin offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in more than 50 majors and a Master of Science degree in athletic training. A vibrant part of the Indianapolis metropolitan area, the college values collaboration and upholds common values that benefit communities and inspire students.  Franklin College is historically related to the American Baptist Churches USA.  For more information, visit www.FranklinCollege.edu. Find Franklin College on Facebook and follow @FranklinCollege on Twitter.

(Posted Jan. 19, 2017)

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