15th Annual Women of Color Luncheon

“Seasons of Womanhood: Strength, Courage and Wisdom” | February 23, 2009


The theme for the 15th Annual Women of Color Luncheon is “Seasons of Womanhood: Strength, Courage and Wisdom.” The luncheon will be held at the Cintas Center Banquet Room on Xavier University’s campus Wednesday, March 18 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. The public is welcome and cost per person is $25.00. An RSVP is required by March 10 to the Office of Multicultural Affairs 513-745-3181.
The luncheon speaker is Dr. Renay Scales. She has served in private industry and higher education for almost thirty years, primarily in the capacity of Chief HR, Diversity and Labor Relations officer, and as part of the presidential cabinet. In addition, students and community representatives are gathering stories from women based on this year’s theme. The Office of Multicultural Affairs will select 3-4 women to present at the luncheon.
Scales is director of the Multicultural Research & Resource Center at George Mason University which provides multicultural research and related resources to the university community. She is responsible for three key functions: Faculty partnerships and curriculum development related to multicultural education, diversity research and leadership training; a community engagement project combining a global health academic component with service learning with the University of Kwazulu Natal in Durban, South Africa.
Scales received a Bachelor’s in Speech Pathology, a Master of Arts in Human Resources, and a PhD in Higher Education.   Her published research is on Ethics in Teaching, and she is working on a book on ethical leadership. She specializes in strategic planning and organizational development; employment law and policy development, and mediation and conflict resolution. She has presented at various national forums and has been faculty for a summer y leadership development institute. She is a senior consultant and advisor with the National Coalition Building Institute. She has implemented a recruitment system increasing the diversity of faculty and academic qualifications; designed and implemented a leadership development model which facilitates the building of alliances across race/ethnic lines; obtaining a best practice designation for diversity training from the U.S. Office for Civil Rights, and new multicultural research journal in collaboration with partners at George Mason. 
The Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) is the event sponsor. The purpose of OMA is to promote and sustain an educational environment which recognizes and celebrates diversity at Xavier and the surrounding communities. As a Catholic, Jesuit University, Xavier prides itself on engaging its students and surrounding community in dialogue and social awareness.