This spring at the 2014 CUPA-HR Eastern Region Conference, The Chronicle hosted a panel of higher-education diversity experts to shed light on the DEI questions most frequently on the minds of higher-education professionals. We invite you to preview and share highlights from this thought-provoking discussion.
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Stacey Patton is a senior enterprise reporter for The Chronicle of Higher Education and Vitae. Since 2011, she has covered a variety of higher-education topics including the graduate-school experience, adjuncts, student diversity, and career outcomes for Ph.D.’s. Previously, she was a senior editor and writer for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund. She is also the author of That Mean Old Yesterday, a memoir.
Stacey Patton 
Senior Enterprise Reporter, The Chronicle of Higher Education and Vitae
Duchess Harris, Ph.D., is a professor of American Studies at Macalester College. She specializes in racial law and has published two books, Black Feminist Politics from Kennedy to Clinton and Racially Writing the Republic: Racists, Race Rebels, and Transformations of American Identity.
Duchess Harris, J.D., Ph.D.
Professor of American Studies,  Macalester College
David J. Leonard, Ph.D., is an associate professor and department chair of the Critical Culture, Gender, and Race Studies department at Washington State University. He authored Screens Fade to Black: Contemporary African American Cinema and is a regular contributor to NewBlackMan, Feminist Wire, and other publications.
David J. Leonard, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Department Chair, Washington State University
Paula Penn-Nabrit is the founder of PN&A, Inc., a business and management consulting firm that works with colleges and universities to provide management and leadership training on diversity initiatives. She has lectured extensively across the U.S., Europe, and Asia and has authored several books including Exploring a New Synthesis: Business Ethics & Diversity.
Paula Penn-Nabrit  
Founder, PN&A, Inc.
Diversity is about getting people in the room, inclusion is what you do when you get them there.