WMU News

Impact of diversity and technology

Sept. 21, 2000

KALAMAZOO -- The impact that diversity and technology will have on organizations in the 21st century will be explored by a scholar visiting Western Michigan University in October.

Dr. Brenda J. Allen, associate chairperson and associate professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Colorado at Boulder, will be on campus Monday, Oct. 2, as part of WMU's Visiting Scholars and Artists Program.

Allen, whose research focuses on workplace diversity and computer-mediated communication, is a leading scholar in organizational communication. She will present a free public lecture on "Organizational Communication in the 21st Century," at noon in Room 2303 of Sangren Hall.

In addition to her public presentation, Allen will visit several communication classes and will teach a graduate-level organizational communication class that evening.

Allen, who is a sought-after organizational consultant, is also an award-winning instructor and the past chairperson of the National Communication Association's Black Caucus. She holds a bachelor's degree in speech communication from Case Western Reserve University and master's and doctoral degrees in organizational communication from Howard University.

Her visit is sponsored by WMU's Department of Communication. For more information, contact Dr. Mark Orbe, associate professor of communication, at (616) 387-3132.

The Visiting Scholars and Artists Program was established in 1960 and has supported more than 500 visits by scholars and artists representing more than 65 academic disciplines. The chairperson of the committee that oversees the program is Dr. James M. Hillenbrand, professor of speech pathology and audiology.

Media contact: Marie Lee, 616 387-8400, marie.lee@wmich.edu

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