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June 20, 2023

2023 Summer DEI Community Forum

The 2023 Summer DEI Community Forum provides a space for discussion and reflection on pressing national issues that have the potential to impact diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives at Dartmouth. This year the event will take place on June 20, 2023, 12:00pm - 4:00pm at the Hanover Inn. Below you will find speaker biographies for the event as well as the program for the event.


Community Forum Schedule

11:30 AM: Doors open and lunch is served 
Attendees are highly encouraged to arrive early for lunch. The program will begin promptly at 12 p.m.

12:00 PM: Moving DEI Forward in the Current Climate 
Keynote Presenter: Paulette Granberry Russell, President, National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education 

1:30 PM: Academic Freedom in the Context of DEI 
Featuring President Sian Beilock
Facilitated discussion led by Nick Davis, Senior Director of Inclusive Culture

2:30 PM: Understanding the Potential Shifting Landscape of Admissions in Higher Education 
Facilitated discussion led by Dean Lacy, Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs, Professor of Government, and Director of the Program in Politics and Law, Dartmouth College

4:00 PM: Reflections Reception 


Speaker Biographies 


Paulette Granberry Russell

Paulette Granberry Russell, received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Michigan State University (MSU) and her Juris Doctor from Thomas M. Cooley Law School and is a licensed attorney with the State of Michigan. She joined MSU in 1998 as its senior diversity officer, and director of the Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives and retired in August 2020, as Senior Advisor to the President for Diversity, Emerita. As MSU's senior diversity officer, Granberry Russell was responsible for leading and facilitating MSU's efforts to advance a more equitable and inclusive campus community that included cutting-edge education and development programs, leading campus climate surveys (quantitative and qualitative),  monitoring university efforts to increase diversity among students, faculty and staff, coordinating community outreach efforts, and incentivizing innovative DEI strategies through the office's Creating Inclusive Excellence Grants. Her research interests include gender equity in STEM, campus culture and its impact on marginalized communities, and strategies for dismantling structural racism to create more equitable experiences for faculty, students and staff of color. In March 2020, Granberry Russell was elected President of the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education. She is a sought-after presenter on DEI issues in higher education and beyond, including presentations and advising institutions and NGOs on gender equity, affirmative action, implicit bias and discrimination, strategic diversity initiatives, and inclusive leadership in the various countries in Africa and the United Kingdom.


Sian Bielock

 Sian Leah Beilock is the 19th president of Dartmouth. She is the first woman to have been elected president of Dartmouth by the Board of Trustees and began her tenure on June 12, 2023. Beilock previously served as the eighth president of Barnard College at Columbia University. Beilock is one of the world's leading experts on the brain science behind "choking under pressure" in business, education, and sports. In the last several years, her research has focused specifically on success in math and science for women and girls and on how performance anxiety can either be exacerbated or alleviated by teachers, parents, and peers. Beilock earned her bachelor of science in cognitive science from the University of California, San Diego, and doctorate degrees in psychology and kinesiology from Michigan State University.


Dean Lacy Head Shot

Dean Lacy is Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs, Professor of Government, and Director of the Program in Politics and Law at Dartmouth.  His research and teaching focus on US politics, especially elections, public opinion, and lawmaking.  He was a statistical consultant to the admissions office at the Duke University School of Law.   He also chaired the government affairs committee and served on the graduate admissions council at The Ohio State University.