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NMSU's Black Programs to present Diversity Speaker Series

New Mexico State University's Black Programs will launch a Diversity Speaker Series this fall.

"These presentations will be important to students due to the complex issues concerning race, class and gender in our contemporary society," said Festus Addo-Yobo, director of Black Programs

Harold Bailey, executive director of the New Mexico Office of African American Affairs, will discuss "Diversity Within the Educational System" at 7 p.m. Nov. 1 in the Milton Hall Auditorium.

Bailey is a certified diversity trainer, former president of the Albuquerque NAACP and former National Council on Black Studies member.

Peggy McIntosh, associate director of the Wellesley College Center for Research on Women, will discuss "Privilege in the Classroom" at 7 p.m. Nov. 8 and 9 in the Gerald Thomas Hall Auditorium Room 194.

McIntosh is the founder and co-director of the National Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity (S.E.E.D.) project on inclusive curriculum. She has taught at several universities, including Harvard University and Trinity College in Washington, D.C., and is the author of many articles on women's studies, curriculum change and systems of unearned privilege.

Tim Wise, an anti-racist writer and activist who has spoken at more than 400 college campuses in 48 states will discuss "Beyond Diversity: Challenging Racism in an Age of Backlash" at 7 p.m. Nov. 15 in the Gerald Thomas Hall Auditorium Room 194.

Wise has been featured on both radio and television including the networks CNN and ESPN and the programs "20/20" and "Donahue." He has received thanks for his anti-apartheid work from Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

"It will be great for all students, faculty and staff to attend because it will be an event that can promote a discussion of how diverse a community we really are," said Addo-Yobo.

The Diversity Speaker Series is free and open to the public. This event is part of NMSU's continuing outreach efforts to help educate and improve the lives of citizens of our community and state. For more information call (505) 646-4208.