April 21, 2000

Leadership Alliance Presents 7th Annual Diversity Conference,
May 3-6 in San Diego

Affirmative action after Proposition 209, multiracial identity, and controlling sexual and racial harassment in the workplace are just a few of the issues to be addressed at the seventh annual Leadership Alliance National Conference on Diversity, "Collaborations: Students, Institutions, Communities, and Industry," which will be held May 3 through 6 at the Doubletree Hotel in Mission Valley.

"The Diversity Conference provides a unique opportunity for participants to explore innovative strategies for managing diversity both in the context of an educational environment and in business and industry," said Dr. Wayman Johnson, president of the Leadership Alliance for Excellence in Education. In addition to diversity issues, the conference addresses campus and workplace topics related to workforce development, cross-cultural values and inter-cultural communication, and disability rights and education.

"This is the only national conference on diversity and race relations that includes a consortium of K-12, higher education, business and industry, and government in sponsorship, planning, development and attendance," added John-son. "This year, for the first time, we even have an international component with presenters coming from Kenya."

A highlight of the conference activities is Diversity Day at Sea World on Saturday, May 6. Some 500 children from city and county schools will participate in this daylong celebration of cultural diversity, which is fully sponsored by Sea World.

Among the noted speakers at the conference will be Dr. Rudy Castruita, superintendent of the San Diego County Office of Education; Tim Wise, director of the Association for White Anti-Racist Education; and Dr. Janet Bennett, director of the Intercultural Communication Institute.

On Friday, May 5 at 7 p.m., the conference gala dinner will honor diversity scholarship winners from San Diego-area colleges and universities. The dinner will also be held at the Doubletree Hotel in Mission Valley. Scholarship recipients receive up to $1,000 in recognition of academic achievement and service.

The Leadership Alliance is a non-profit, multi-racial, mul-ticultural, multi-ethnic organization founded in 1993 by San Diego educators, business and community leaders to address K-12 and higher education issues related to race, gender, ethnicity and diversity. Since its founding, the Leadership Alliance has awarded more than $60,000 in diversity scholarships to students in colleges and universities in the San Diego region.

For more information and conference registration, contact conference coordinator Ameerah Abdullah at (619) 267-0714.

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