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Ford representative discusses supplier-to-business diversity

Feb. 21, 2003

KALAMAZOO---Diversity in the workforce is often equated with the racial makeup of a business' employees. But what about the diversity of the suppliers a business uses to manufacture and sell its products?

A manager in supplier diversity for Ford Motor Co. will be on the Western Michigan University campus Wednesday, Feb. 26, to present and discuss a report on the state of minority participation in the nation's businesses and give a historical perspective on public- and private-sector diversity initiatives.

The talk by Steve Larson begins the Spring 2003 Lecture Series sponsored by the Center for the Study of Ethics in Society. His presentation, "Supplier Diversity: the Other Affirmative Action Program," is set for 7 p.m. in Room 208 of the Bernhard Center.

Other presentations scheduled in the free public lecture series include:

"The Deregulation Paradox: The Telecommunications Industry in Crisis," a talk by Dr. Richard Gershon, WMU professor of communication, at 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 12, in Room 208 of the Bernhard Center;

"Ethics and Apology from the Perspective of a Lawyer," a talk by Sharan Levine, a lawyer for the Levine and Levine law firm, at 7 p.m., Thursday, March 20, in the Putney Lecture Hall of the Fetzer Center; and

"Waiter, There is a Gene in my Soup! Genetic Engineering of Food Crops," a talk by Dr. Hector Quemada, WMU adjunct professor of biological sciences, at 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 25, in the Putney Lecture Hall of the Fetzer Center.

Media contact: Matt Gerard, 269 387-8400, matthew.gerard@wmich.edu

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