Engaging Communities - February 14 - 15, 2011

For this year’s Engaging Communities event, we are very pleased to offer opportunities for faculty, staff and students to experience two highly accomplished individuals; one to engage our minds and help us focus our work and the other to engage our spirit and sense of connection.


On Tuesday, February 15, 2011, 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. in Emerson Suites, we will welcome Dr. Alma Clayton-Pedersen.  Dr. Clayton-Pedersen is currently Vice President of Emeritus Consulting Group out of Chicago, and will share her observations and insights from her many years of leadership in improving the climate for diversity in higher education.


Alma is a Senior Scholar at AAC&U and a national leader on issues of institutional change, particularly diversity and excellence, and collaborative leadership. She has consulting expertise on diversity, student success (especially of underrepresented students), policy, organizational learning, and program development and evaluation. Formerly a VP and director of AAC&U’s Network for Academic Renewal, Greater Expectations Institute, and several projects linking academic excellence and diversity. She has 15 years campus-based experience, including directing a significant number of studies on student engagement and campus services.


We also invite you to be part of a cultural experience.  Chapuchi Ahiagble is a master weaver of Kente cloth from Ghana.  He will be with us on Monday, February 14, 2011 and Tuesday, February 15, 2011 to share with us his story and his craft.  He will set up his loom in the North Foyer of the Campus Center.  Please stop by between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. to watch a demonstration and learn about this beautiful tradition.


Chapuchi’s father Gilbert “Bobbo” Ahiagble is the co-author of a book titled “Master Weaver from Ghana”.  The book tells the story of the Asante men who are known for weaving brilliantly colored kente cloth. We are circulating several copies of this book.


Come and be part of the conversation about communities and culture here at Ithaca College!  This luncheon event is open to the campus.


Questions?  Need more information?  We ask that you RSVP in advance. Please contact Jane Ray, Employee Relations & Diversity in the Office of Human Resources at x-48000 or via e-mail at