Engaging Communities

Engaging Communities is a program offered to the Ithaca College community by the Office of Human Resources. The purpose of this annual program is to provide the Ithaca College community with an opportunity for faculty, staff, and students to come together to hear from invited guests, and to have a shared experience of listening, discussing, and appreciating our different journeys and perspectives.

February 6, 2019: Howard Ross

The Office of Human Resources is announcing author Howard Ross as our next Engaging Communities presenter on Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at 9am. Breakfast will begin at 8:30am, Howard will speak from 9:00am - 10:00am. Following the presentation, Howard will be available to sign books in the North Foyer. Beginning at 11:30am until 12:30pm, Howard will be conducting a more intimate dialog session with faculty, staff and students in Klingenstein Lounge.  

Howard Ross is a lifelong social justice advocate, and is considered one of the world’s most influential thought leaders on identifying and addressing unconscious bias. Howard has specialized in the synthesis of neuro-cognitive and social science research and direct application regarding Diversity, Inclusion, Equity and Accessibility work.

He is the author of

  • ReInventing Diversity: Transforming Organizational Community to Strengthen People, Purpose and Performance (published by Rowman and Littlefield in conjunction with SHRM in 2011)
  • Everyday Bias:  Identifying and Navigating Unconscious Judgments in Our Daily Lives (published by Rowman and Littlefield in 2014). 
  • Our Search for Belonging:  How Our Need to Connect is Tearing Us Apart (published by Berrett-Koehler in May of 2018).

The Campus Store has Mr. Ross' books, Everyday Bias and Our Search for Belonging, available for purchase now. The books will also be available for purchase at the event. 


Registration is required to attend this program. The registration for the following two events can be accessed by clicking here

  • Engaging Communities with Howard Ross (Main Presentation, 9am in Emerson Suites)
  • Dialog Session with Howard Ross (11:30am in Klingenstein Lounge)

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Katie Sack at ksack@ithaca.edu or (607) 274-1208. We ask that requests for accommodations be made as soon as possible.

Past Speakers

Dr. James Duah-Aqyeman

Bea Gonzalez

Dr. Gina Lee-Glauser

Chapuchi Ahiagble

Dr. Alma Clayton-Pedersen

Candace Baer

Stanley Byrd

Wendy McRae-Owoeye

Craig B. Clayton, Sr. 

Dr. Derald Wing Sue

Brian C. Johnson

Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum

Melissa Harris Perry