Dr. Damon A. Williams on Inclusive Excellence

A three-day residency to strengthen Appalachian’s diversity commitment by engaging our community in a conversation about diversity, equity, inclusion and change.
August 27-29, 2018

Dr. Damon A. Williams is a visionary and inspirational leader, known for bringing communities together to experience an inspiring, personal and evidence-based message of diversity, equity, inclusion and hope. Informed by his leadership, research, national best practices and lived experiences, this session will take attendees on a fun and engaging journey of leadership, possibility and the imperatives of diversity, equity, inclusion, change and the centennial generation.

During his three-day visit to Appalachian’s campus, Williams will meet with senior university leadership, Student Affairs, Admissions and student retention professionals, Alumni Affairs, research staff, Equity, Diversity and Compliance staff, Sustainability staff, International Education and Development staff, Diversity Champions and student leaders, among others. Williams’ visit to Appalachian is part of his 2018 Inclusive Excellence Tour.


Monday, Aug. 27
  • Dr. Damon A. Williams on Inclusive Excellence
    7 p.m.
    Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts

    This one-hour, TED Talk-style presentation features one of the nation’s recognized experts in strategic diversity leadership, youth development, corporate responsibility and organizational change. A question-and-answer session will immediately follow the presentation.

Tuesday, Aug. 28
  • Deans, Associate Deans
    9:30 - 10:45 a.m.
    421 Belk Library and Information Commons

  • Department Chairs, Assistant Chairs
    11 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
    421 Belk Library and Information Commons

Wednesday, Aug. 29
  • Staff
    11 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
    137 Plemmons Student Union (Grandfather Mountain Ballroom)

  • Faculty
    2 - 3:15 p.m.
    420 Plemmons Student Union (Parkway Ballroom)

About Williams’ Inclusive Excellence Tour

Williams developed a national Inclusive Excellence Tour with a vision to empower 1,000,000 leaders and 5,000 institutions with a message of strategic diversity leadership. This includes colleges, universities, corporations, K-12 schools, nonprofits and government agencies. The goals of the tour:

  • Create a more powerful strategic diversity leadership movement to drive diversity, equity, inclusion, leadership development and understanding.
  • Empower executives, leaders, students and faculty to become more engaged in the work of inclusive excellence.
  • Provide evidenced-based resources, tools and guidance to strengthen strategic diversity leadership skills and quicken the pace of change.
  • “Future-proof” organizations for the generation trailing the millennials — the centennials, a generation born after 1997, which is more diverse, digitally intuitive and socially engaged than any previous generation.
  • Bridge the gap between the higher education, K-12, corporate, government and nonprofit communities by creating an ecosystem perspective that inspires collective impact, public-private partnerships and the democratizing power of technology to drive collaboration.

About Dr. Damon A. Williams

Williams is the chief catalyst and founder of the Center for Strategic Diversity Leadership & Social Innovation LLC. He is a senior scholar and innovation fellow for Wisconsin’s Equity and Inclusion Laboratory (Wei Lab) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

One of the original architects of the inclusive excellence concept in American higher education, Williams is author of the best-selling books “Strategic Diversity Leadership” and “The Chief Diversity Officer: Strategy Structure, and Change Management.” He is a global thought leader who has worked with more than 1,000 colleges and universities, Fortune 100 companies, foundations and government agencies as keynote speaker, strategist, educator and social impact leader.

As associate vice chancellor, vice provost and chief diversity officer, Williams founded the Division of Diversity, Equity and Educational Achievement at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and served as a senior leader, building the Division of Multicultural and International Affairs at the University of Connecticut.

As scholar-in-residence for the American Council of Education (ACE) Fellows program and the American Association of Colleges and Universities Greater Expectations Institute, Williams launched his work nationally, helping hundreds of colleges and universities to transform their efforts in liberal education, STEM completion, improved student graduation rates, campus climate and inclusion, leadership development, faculty diversity and curriculum reform.

Learn more at https://drdamonawilliams.com.


Chief Diversity Officer Dr. Willie C. Fleming