Higher education leader Damon Williams to discuss “Making Excellence Inclusive”

April 6, 2018
Damon Williams

Dr. Damon Williams — a national leader in higher education equity work — will give a talk titled “Making Excellence Inclusive” at 6:30 p.m. on April 19 in Purce Hall, Lecture Hall 1 at The Evergreen State College.

Williams has written numerous books and articles on inclusive excellence initiatives in higher education and with Fortune 500 companies. He has worked as an associate vice chancellor, vice provost and chief diversity officer for University of Wisconsin-Madison, inclusive excellence strategy leader with the AAC&U, and chief diversity officer with the American Council on Education.

“Dr. Williams will talk about what it looks like for an institution like ours to have a shared understanding of inclusive excellence and how an inclusive excellence framework advances equity through a systemic approach,” said Evergreen Vice President/Vice Provost of Equity and Inclusion Chassity Holliman-Douglas.

Sponsored by Evergreen’s Office for Equity and Inclusion, Williams’ talk is part of the Willi Unsoeld Seminar Series. Unsoeld, who passed away in 1979, was an Evergreen founding faculty member and famed mountaineer. Past speakers have included Jim Hightower, Yevgeny Yevtushenko, Terry Tempest Williams, Tom Hornbein and The International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers.

The talk will be free and open to the public.


“Making Excellence Inclusive” with Dr. Damon Williams
6:30 p.m. in Purce Hall, Lecture Hall 1
Pre-event reception at 6:00 p.m. in Purce Hall, Lecture Hall 1

Damon Williams book, “Strategic Diversity Leadership: Activating Change and Transformation to Higher Education,” can be purchased in advance of the event and picked up at the bookstore prior to the event. Purchase Dr. Williams' Book.

Event Contact: equityandinclusion@evergreen.edu