Creating a Climate for Success
WTAMU 4th Annual Social Justice Leadership Conference - 5 April 2013
FREE LUNCH for Registrants • 11:30am - 12:45pm • Derrick Room, Panhandle Plains Historical Museum
Conference Panels and Workshops • 1:00pm - 5:00pm • Jack B. Kelley Student Center
Claudia Kolker, “America’s Immigrant Advantage: How We Can Benefit From Newcomers’ Secrets About Health, Money and Family” Public Address • 7:00pm • Legacy Hall, Jack B. Kelley Student Center
About the Conference
Social justice now occupies center stage as the world reaches global consciousness through rapid globalization. This conference highlights some of the many issues that we face both locally and internationally towards a socially just world, a world where the worth of each person is recognized and valued irrespective of ethnicity/national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, socio-economic background, physical abilities, religion and other differences without any prejudice. Social justice in its broadest sense is inclusive of human rights, philosophical orientations, access to resources and equal opportunity for ALL.
Another purpose of this conference is to encourage and promote diversity throughout the University and community. Diversity is defined as a reality created by individuals and groups from a broad spectrum of demographic and philosophical differences. These include ethnicity/national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, socio-economic background, physical abilities, religion and other differences that create an inclusive environment. WTAMU realizes a diverse community of learners enriches the educational experience and opportunities of all its members. As such, WTAMU is committed to the goal of promoting mutual respect, understanding and appreciation of the uniqueness of all people.
Claudia Kolker is an award-winning reporter and the author of The Immigrant Advantage: What We Can Learn From Newcomers to America About Health, Happiness and Hope (Free Press/Simon and Schuster, 2011). It was one of O Magazine's ten reading list picks in 2011.
As a freelance reporter in El Salvador from 1992-1995, Claudia covered the Salvadoran postwar recovery as well as social issues throughout Central America, Cuba, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic. She later spent three months in Japan for a series about outsider communities, and four months in India and Pakistan writing on democracy and diversity.
In her adopted hometown of Houston, she has worked as bureau chief of the Los Angeles Times, member of the Houston Chronicle editorial board, and deputy director of Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Community Health Leaders. She graduated from Harvard and has studied at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs and El Colegio de Mexico. Her work has been published in O: The Oprah Magazine, The Economist, The Sunday Telegraph of London, The Washington Post, The Christian Science Monitor, Slate, and Salon.
She is currently a contributing editor for the editorial page of the Houston Chronicle, where she first created the immigrant affairs beat as a city desk reporter in 1997. She lives in Houston with her husband and two daughters.