Chancellor's Dialogue on Diversity and Interdisciplinarity

In March 2016, UC Merced Chancellor Dorothy Leland launched the Chancellor’s Dialogue on Diversity and Interdisciplinarity, a continuing series of lectures that brings leading scholars to campus to discuss pressing issues confronting higher education today.

At UC Merced, we value inclusion of multiple perspectives in all we do—in our interdisciplinary scholarship and in our strong commitment to diversity and inclusion among our student population and faculty and staff. The Chancellor’s Dialogue is designed to explicitly link these core values through a series of conversations as well as public lectures. 

Spring 2017 Speaker: Dr. Ibram X. Kendi | May 5, 2017

Dr. Ibram X. Kendi is a New York Times best-selling author and award-winning historian at the University of Florida. His second book, Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, won the 2016 National Book Award for Nonfiction and was recently named a finalist for the 2016 National Book Critics Circle Award. Stamped was also nominated for the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work in Nonfiction. Described as “engrossing and relentless” by The Washington Post named Stamped the most ambitious book of the year. Stamped was also named to Best Books of 2016 lists in the Boston Globe, Kirkus, The Root, Chicago Review of Books, and Buzzfeed.

Dr. Kendi is also the author of the award-winning book, The Black Campus Movement: Black Students and the Racial Reconstitution of Higher Education, 1965-1972. He has published fourteen essays in journals and books, as well as many op-eds in a number of publications, including The New York Times, Salon, New York Daily News, The Huffington Post, and The Chronicle of Higher Education. He is the associate editor of the leading online platform for public scholarship on Black life, Black Perspectives. He has received research fellowships, grants, and visiting appointments from a variety of universities, foundations, professional associations, and libraries, including the American Historical Association, Library of Congress, National Academy of Education, Spencer Foundation, Lyndon B. Johnson Library & Museum, Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis, Brown University, Princeton University, and Duke University. A graduate of Florida A&M University and Temple University, Kendi lives in Gainesville, Florida. His next book, which will be published by Random House, is tentatively titled, How to be An Antiracist.

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Inaugural Speaker: Dr. Carlos Castillo-Chavez | March 17, 2016

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Carlos Castillo-Chavez is a Regents Professor and a Joaquin Bustoz Jr. Professor of Mathematical Biology at Arizona State University who has co-authored over 200 publications. His 38 PhD students include 18 women, 23 from US underrepresented groups and 6 from Latin America. In addition, he has mentored over 25 postdoctoral students and been a research co-mentor to over 400 undergraduates.

Recognitions of his work include: three White House Awards (1992,1997, and 2011), the 12th American Mathematical Society Distinguished Public Service Award in 2010, and the 2007 AAAS Mentor award. He is a fellow of the AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science), SIAM (Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics), AMS (American Mathematical Society), and ACE (American College of Epidemiology). He has held honorary Professorships at Xi’an Jiatong University in China, the Universidad de Belgrano in Argentina and East Tennessee State University. Past appointments include a Stanislaw M. Ulam Distinguished Scholar at Los Alamos National Laboratory, a Cátedra Patrimonial at UNAM in México, and a Martin Luther King Jr. Professorship at MIT.

Castillo-Chavez is a member of the Board of Higher Education at the National Academy of Sciences (2009-2015) and serves in President Barack Obama's Committee on the National Medal of Science (2010-2015). He is 17th recipient of the SIAM Prize for Distinguished Service to the Profession (2015) and the inaugural recipient of the Dr. William Yslas Outstanding STEM Award, by Victoria Foundation Award and co-sponsored by the Pasqua Yaqui Tribe of Arizona (2015).

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