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Moravian to Host Symposium on Recruiting and Retaining Underrepresented Groups

Bethlehem, Pa., March 29, 2006—Moravian College will co-host a symposium on recruiting and retaining faculty, students, and staff from historically underrepresented groups on Monday April 3 and Tuesday April 4 at the college. The symposium is organized by the Lehigh Valley Association of Independent College’s Minority Affairs Coalition.

On Monday, April 3, Dr. JoAnn Moody, a recognized diversity consultant and scholar /practitioner will deliver the keynote address, “Why is Stereotype Threat like an Elephant Standing on Your Foot?” Her talk will explore how negative stereotypes affect students in the classroom. Moody's approach encourages behaviors to help students overcome fears of certain to increase academic performance and self-confidence. She will facilitate two workshop sessions: “Diversity: Problems and Solutions for Recruiting and Retaining Faculty” and “Problems and Solutions: Recruiting and Retaining Students from Historically Underrepresented Groups.”

On Tuesday, April 4, Muhlenberg College will facilitate another workshop on “Diversity: Problems and Solutions for Recruiting and Retaining Faculty.

Moody has extensive experience as a teacher and administrator, and has served as vice president of the New England Board of Higher Education. She has received numerous awards and recognition from the Compact for Faculty Diversity, the Biomedical Science and Careers Program, and the College Board for her efforts fostering diversity. Moody has authored books and articles about campus diversity and continues to publish to help campuses rethink and improve their recruitment, mentorship and retention of personnel and students—especially women and U.S. minorities. Moody holds a doctorate in English literature from the University of Minnesota and a law degree from Northeastern University Law School.

For more information about the symposium, contact the Moravian College Office of Institutional Diversity at 610-625-7847.