Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
February 4, 2013
The Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion will host a Diversity Symposium on Friday, February 22, 2013. Held as part of a series of conversations around diversity, this event will feature the research of Professor Scott E. Page of the University of Michigan.
The Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion 2013 Diversity Speaker Series:
"Diversity Beyond Numbers: How Diversity Makes Us Better at What We Do" A lecture and discussion by Professor Scott E. Page of the University of Michigan
Date: Friday, February 22, 2013
Abstract: Often we frame diversity in the context of access, which in turn relates to issues of fairness and equality before the law. Doing so introduces a logic of tradeoffs - that somehow increasing diversity implies a reduction in talent. Tradeoff logic rests on an additive assumption of collective performance. If one more seriously looks at the types of tasks faced by organizations in the modern, complex world within which we live, the promotion of diversity takes on a more functional motivation. It makes us better at what we do. Following the talk, there will be a per-table, faculty-led conversation on questions arising from Professor Page's presentation.
Scott E. Page is the Leonid Hurwicz Collegiate Professor of Complex Systems, Political Science, and Economics at the University of Michigan and an external faculty member of the Santa Fe Institute. A fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he is the author of three books and more than seventy articles. Recently, he has taught an online course on the value of using models that has attracted over 150,000 students worldwide.
*Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or (858) 534-0098 by Wednesday, February 20, 2013.