Thursday, December 18, 2014

Soledad O’Brien to speak at GHSU Diversity Summit Sept. 14

AUGUSTA, Ga. – Soledad O’Brien, anchor of CNN’s morning news program Starting Point, is the keynote speaker at the Georgia Health Sciences University Diversity Summit Friday, Sept. 14 at the Salvation Army’s Kroc Center.

O’Brien will speak about Diversity: On TV, Behind the Scenes and In Our Lives.

 The summit, which is in its second year, is focused on increasing partnerships and inclusion in the community. It aims to advance dialogue about inclusion activities between inter-related community organizations; educate attendees about diversity and inclusion strategies and practices; and provide networking opportunities that promote collaboration.

“A fundamental prerequisite for excellence requires us to successfully navigate a multitude of cross-cultural interactions,” said Dr. Kent Guion, GHSU Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion. “Being inclusive of many perspectives is a catalyst for new ideas and connects us more holistically to the community we serve.”

Nearly 200 community and business leaders attended last year’s summit.

Presentations at this year’s event, scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m., include Dr. Waded Cruzado, President of Montana State University, discussing Alice in Wonderland: A Woman’s Adventure in Academia and Dr. Beheruz Sethna, President of the University of West Georgia, discussing The World is Getting Even More Flattened – Are We Ready for It?

 Highlights also will include a lunchtime interactive discussion of perception and communication skills by Amy Herman, President of the Art of Perception; a networking cafe; and tours of the Kroc Center.

The event will conclude with dinner and the keynote address at 6 p.m.

For a full schedule and to register, visit or call the GHSU Office of Diversity and Inclusion, 706-721-9265.


  1. Diversity? She doesn’t seem to be one that has an appreciation for a diversity of ideas other than her own. How can you invite someone so intolerant to speak on diversity?

  2. How did you come up with O’Brien? I hear Keith Olbermann is looking for work, how about giving him a chance to speak and show some inclusion.

    Azziz is running a top notch show with you guys. He has a name that the community doesn’t like and now brings in speakers that are almost as bad as Keith Olbermann.

    Way to make Augusta and Georgia look good.

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