TO BE RESCHEDULED - Panel Discussion: Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity in a Professional Workplace


PNC Room, Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex Social Equity and Title IX Office

This event has been canceled. Due to the recent decision to restructure university functions, including large gatherings, this event will not be held. It is hoped that this worthwhile event will be scheduled for another semester and such news will be shared.


Distinguished professionals in a wide range of fields will discuss diversity issues and initiatives inside their industries. The event is designed for students, faculty, and the public, exploring preconceptions about diversity and inclusion.

Some themes to be discussed in the hour-long panel event and afterwards in three smaller breakout sessions:

  • What does diversity mean to you? Do diversity and inclusion initiatives label and divide, do they stereotype? Or do such initiatives accomplish a more successful workplace environment.

  • What is the value of diversity? Teams are stronger, more innovative, more successful when they include different perspectives. Perspectives are to be informed by our differences.

  • Learning to create a culture of change by embracing diverse ideas and inclusivity to unleash employee potential.

Moderated by IUP’s Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer Elise Glenn, the event will include three panelists:

Debra Evans-Smith, a 1981 graduate of IUP, retired Federal Bureau of Investigation deputy assistant director. Subjects of expertise include law enforcement, counterterrorism, cyber-intelligence, and human resources.

Lonie Haynes, chief diversity and inclusion officer at Highmark Health in Pittsburgh. Hayne, a veteran of the US Army, has a number of subjects of expertise, including diversity and inclusion, human resources, healthcare, and information technology.

Mauro Wolfe, a 1990 graduate of IUP, a partner at Duane Morris, LLP based in New York City. His subjects of expertise include law, white-collar crime, and finance.

Breakout sessions will be in PNC Room and Rooms 6 and 7.

Free and open the community. Attendance vouchers will be available to students.

Sponsored by the Social Equity and Title IX Office and the Division of University Advancement.