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Dr. Shakti Butler is a nationally recognized diversity visionary, and the UMD Diversity Commission hosted her for three workshops on October 8, 2007. Faculty, administration, and students were all invited to participate in her workshops.

The faculty and staff workshop focused on enhancing their leadership around issues of diversity and social justice and to further the creation of a safe and welcoming climate for everyone at UMD. The student leaders workshop was a dialogue on authentic leadership in starting and maintaining discussions about race, ethnicity, privilege, and other forms of discrimination and oppression. Finally, the open session to all faculty, staff, and students Dr. Butler provided one of her film clips to serve as a catalyst for an interactive lecture and discussion.

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