HARRISON, N.Y. -- Manhattanville College School of Business observed the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 with a special colloquium Tuesday, Sept. 30 in the campus historic Reid Castle.
More than 75 Manhattanville staff, students, alumni and members of the business community gathered to explore diversity, inclusion, and cultural sensitivity issues facing the workplace today. Manhattanville College was the only higher educational institution in Westchester County to acknowledge this milestone.The evenings esteemed panelists were Rachel Cheeks-Givan, director of global diversity and inclusion, PepsiCo; Valerie Greenly, director of global client services, RW³ CultureWizard; Evelyne R. Matthews, CEO, Matthews and Matthews Consulting (diversityofficers.com); and Dr. Mona Siu-Kan Lau, Manhattanville College adjunct faculty member, co-founder of both Women on Wall Street and European Women in Business.
The panelists discussed the history of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act (which prohibits employment discrimination), emerging trends and best practices in the arena of diversity and inclusion. Each speaker provided a unique lens on issues disabilities, race, sexual orientation, culture, nationality and values based on their field of work.Our students come from all walks of life, many of whom face different types of challenges, said Anthony Davidson, dean of Manhattanville School of Business. Manhattanville takes great pride in our ability to make these students feel comfortable and welcomed and that, perhaps, is more important than any of the academics or programs we have established here.
The colloquium, which followed a special Welcome Back cocktail reception, was moderated by Manhattanville College Adjunct Professor Arthur T. Matthews, with opening remarks by School of Business graduate student David Hylton.
This winter, Matthews will teach a class in Alternative/Appropriate Dispute Resolution. The course will be part of the schools International Management program curriculum.
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