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Inclusive Excellence Speaker Series at TCU

Presented by Academic Affairs and the Office of Diversity & Inclusion

The Inclusive Excellence Speaker Series is an opportunity for faculty, staff and students to engage with high-level professionals who are committed to diversity, equity and inclusion. Through a series of discussions or workshops, our TCU community will gain insight from national experts who will share exemplary examples of how everyone can contribute to this important work.


OCTOBER 22, 2021

Achieving Cultural Change Through Innovation

Michael J. Sorrell, J.D., Ed.D.

President, Paul Quinn College

Dr. Sorrell is the longest-serving president in the 148-year history of Paul Quinn College. During his 13 years of leadership, Paul Quinn has become a national movement for its efforts to remake higher education to serve the needs of under-resourced students and communities. He earned his J.D. and M.A. in Public Policy from Duke University and his Ed.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. He graduated from Oberlin College with a B.A. in Government.

He is one of the most decorated college presidents in America. Among his many recognitions:

  • World’s 50 Greatest Leaders – Fortune Magazine
  • HBCU Male President of the Year Award – the only three-time recipient
  • 31 People Changing the South – Time Magazine
  • Higher Education’s President of the Year – Education Dive
  • America’s 10 Most Innovative College Presidents – Washington Monthly Magazine
  • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Justice Award – Dallas Bar Association

OCTOBER 29, 2021

Using Data to Make Systemic Change Within DEI

Mandy Price, J.D.

Co-Founder and CEO, Kanarys Inc.

Dr. Price is co-founder and CEO of Kanarys, a technology company that uses data and analytics to address diversity and inclusion issues in the workplace. Prior to Kanarys, she was a corporate partner in the Dallas office of Barnes & Thornburg LLP. She earned her J.D. from Harvard Law School and her B.B.A. from The University of Texas at Austin. In law school, she was a member of the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review.

Among her many recognitions:

  • 40 Under 40 Nation’s Best Advocates Award – National Bar Association
  • Best Lawyer in Dallas – D Magazine
  • Texas Super Lawyers’ Rising Stars, 2015 and 2016
  • National Outstanding Young Lawyer – ABA Young Lawyers Division
  • 20 Winning Women – Texas Lawyer
  • Outstanding Young Lawyer of Texas – Texas Young Lawyers Association
  • Good Works Under 40 Finalist – Dallas Foundation and The Dallas Morning News

NOVEMBER 5, 2021

Promoting Equity Through Inclusive Teaching Practices

Viji Sathy, Ph.D., and Kelly Hogan, Ph.D.

Award-winning Professors, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Dr. Sathy and Dr. Hogan are experts on inclusive techniques and active learning in any size classroom since both teach courses with hundreds of students. At UNC-Chapel Hill, they lead innovative classroom and diversity administrative initiatives. Both have been featured experts in ACUE’s Course on Teaching Effectiveness, are active in the scholarship of teaching and learning in their respective disciplines of biology and statistics, and their work has been featured in  The Chronicle of Higher Education and The New York Times.

Dr. Sathy is a Professor of Practice in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, Faculty Fellow for Inclusive Teaching in the Center for Faculty Excellence, and Director of the Townsend Program for Education Research. Her research involves evaluating the impact of innovative teaching techniques as well as retention in STEM courses. Dr. Sathy earned both her doctorate in psychometrics and her undergraduate degree in psychology from UNC-Chapel Hill.

Dr. Hogan is a STEM Teaching Professor of Biology, Associate Dean of the Office of Instructional Innovation, and Director of the UNC’s Quality Enhancement Plan associated with SACSCOC accreditation. Her recent research shows that the trend away from classes based on reading and listening passively to lectures, and toward a more active role for students, has profound effects on black students and those whose parents did not go to college. She earned her doctorate from UNC-Chapel Hill and her undergraduate degree from the College of New Jersey.