August Weekend Intensive Explores Race and Ethnicity in America and Corporate America

Holy Family University’s Division of Extended Learning and Continuing Education will host its annual August Weekend Intensive on Friday, August 11 to Sunday, August 13 at Holy Family University's Bensalem location. This year’s topic will explore race and ethnicity in America, as well as corporate America.

According to the course description, this three-day course will examine the history of race and ethnicity and how they affect various aspects of American society and current corporate America. In some ways, great gains have been made in race relations and civil rights; even more, the 21st century has seen noteworthy trends in hiring minority executives and CEOs. Yet there are real and perceived tensions between different racial and ethnic groups. This course will examine whether or not the changes in corporate America are real or perceived and how historical analysis of race and ethnicity has shaped the current landscape.

“This year’s topic will focus on a timely and important issue in terms of what is going on in our world today,” said Chris Quinn, Director of Extended Learning and Continuing Education. “It is important that our students are exposed to diversity because we want to see if corporate America is mirroring our society or vice versa. Throughout the weekend, the facilitators will help our students address diversity in their company, if that diversity is real, and how to use diversity as a lens to view corporate America.”

Guest speakers include Dr. Nicole Stokes-Dupass, Associate Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness and Diversity and Professor of Sociology and Thomas Summerville, a Philadelphia-based personal injury defense lawyer.

“I will be discussing some of the social events and legislation that has informed diversity, equity, and inclusion policies across industry sectors, including military, higher education, and with a particular focus on corporate environments,” said Stokes-DuPass. “The students have been reading works by William Domhoff and Richard L. Zweigenhaft on the overall efficacy of policies and programs on the part of corporate actors designed to increase the hiring, retention, and potential advancement of women and other underrepresented groups into all levels of corporations. I will be discussing this and similar works in Sociology about these topics.”