Spring 2016


Yoland Moses


Yolanda T. Moses. PhD
January 13th, 2016 2pm-3:15pm

“How Real is Race” brings together biological and cultural information to help people make sense of the contradictory messages about race in the U.S. and elsewhere.  In what sense is race real? What is biological fact and fiction? Where does culture enter? And what does it really mean to say that race is a ‘social construction’? If race is an invention, who invented it? Why? For what ends? And can we eliminate it if we wish to? These are the key questions that frame this webinar.

Professor of Anthropology and Associate Vice Chancellor for Excellence and Diversity
University of California Riverside

We are very excited to bring Dr. Moses to our membership via webinar. Please take the time to investigate her website www.understandingrace.org, which is jam-packed full of useful information and resources for those who want to learn more about race in the United States.

Dr. Moses is the co-author with Carol Mukhopadhyay and Rosemary Henze, the book How Real is Race: A Sourcebook on Race, Culture and Biology.(2007) Rowman and Littlefield. This invaluable resource is a must-read for educators, managers, and students.

Moses has served as President of the American Anthropological Association, Chair of the Board of the American Association of Colleges and Universities, Past President of City University of New York/ The City College (1993-1999), and President of the American Association for Higher Education (2000-2003). She currently serves as Professor of Anthropology, Associate Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity and Excellence, and Executive Director for Conflict Resolution at the University of California, Riverside.  Dr. Moses’ research focuses on the broad question of the origins of social inequality in complex societies through the use of comparative ethnographic and survey methods. She has explored gender and class disparities in the Caribbean, East Africa and in the United States. More recently, her research has focused on issues of diversity and change in universities and colleges in the United States, India, Europe and South Africa.

She is currently involved with several national higher education projects with the National Council for Research on Women, Campus Women Lead and The Women of Color Research Collective. In addition, she is Chair of the National Advisory Board of a multi-year national public education project sponsored by the American Anthropological Association and funded by NSF and the Ford Foundation on Race and Human Variation.

Moses is currently a consultant to the American Council on Education’s Project, on linking International and Diversity Issues, and to the recent publication, At Home in the World: Bridging the Gap between Internationalization and Multicultural Education (2007). She is currently a faculty member in the Salzburg Seminar‘s ISP Program in Salzburg, Austria.

Moses has also held a senior visiting Research appointment at George Washington University in Washington D.C. (2000 to 2004), and as Professor of Anthropology at the City University of New York Graduate University (1993-2000)

arsalan iftikhar

Islamaphobia in America


January 26th 11:00am-12:15pm

Arsalan Iftikhar, an internationally known American human rights lawyer, commentator, and author, will give a webinar which addresses the issue of Islamaphobia in the United States. A strong voice for the vast majority of 1.6 billion Muslims worldwide who are peaceful and abhor violence, he brings a calm, reasonable presence to an often heated discussion. What is Islmaphobia? What repercussions does it have in a free pluralistic society? How does Islamaphobia affect news coverage, public policy, and political rhetoric? These are some of the questions he will address. Iftikhar is the founder of www.themuslimguy.com.

Arsalan Iftikhar is an international human rights lawyer, global media commentator and author of the book Islamic Pacifism: Global Muslims in the Post-Osama Era. He also serves as Senior Editor for The Islamic Monthly magazine.

For nearly a decade, Arsalan was a regular on-air weekly commentator for National Public Radio (NPR) and he was also named one of the top 12 Muslim Twitter accounts in the world by The Huffington Post in May 2011. Arsalan has also been an adjunct professor of religious studies at DePaul University and he is also a member of the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) and Reporters San Frontieres (Reporters Without Borders). Additionally, Arsalan was also awarded the 2013 Distinguished Young Alumni Award from Washington University School of Law in St. Louis.

Throughout his career, Arsalan’s interviews have appeared in virtually every major media outlet in the world including: CNN, BBC World News, Al-Jazeera English, The TODAY Show, National Public Radio (NPR), FOX News Channel, MSNBC, Associated Press, C-SPAN, Voice of America (VOA), Agence France-Presse (AFP), USA TODAY, NBC Nightly News, The Washington Post, CBS News, Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, Rolling Stone, TIME, Newsweek, The Economist, ABC News “NIGHTLINE” & “Meet The Press” on NBC News (and many more worldwide)


Emotional Intelligence and Diversity

Arthur Breese, MA, MS
Director of Diversity, Geisinger Health Care Systems

February 10th, 2016
Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs Keystone Ballroom
Salon A

Arthur Breese

As organizations seek new ways to take advantage of the opportunities that diversity presents, it is equally important to understand and respond to the new challenges for the organization’s various stakeholders. While past efforts to address diversity in the workplace have focused primarily on training around key diversity and equity concepts and definitions, NEPDEC believes that all of our stakeholders within member organizations can benefit from exploring the “Emotional Intelligence” issues that emerge in diverse workplaces.

Arthur W. Breese has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Temple University, a Master of Arts Degree in Education, and a Master of Science Degree in Organizational Management from Misericordia University. He worked for more than 15 years as a family crisis counselor before moving to academe in the position of Director of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Diversity Education Consortium and Associate Director of the Diversity Institute at Misericordia University. Arthur has completed the Anti-Defamation League World of Difference Program, and presents locally, regionally, and nationally on diversity education and issues, including several presentations for the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity.

Breese has been the Director of Diversity and Mediation at East Stroudsburg University, and currently serves as Director of Diversity for Geisinger Health Care Systems. He continues to serve on the Board of Directors of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Diversity Education Consortium, and currently works with Consult4Diversity, a firm providing assessment and training to colleges, universities, healthcare systems, and businesses.


Miguel Joey Aviles
February 12, 2016
10:00 am – 11:30 am

Projections indicate that by 2030, Hispanics will no longer be a minority. Global thinkers affirm that the Hispanic Workforce is the future for most companies.  Doing so will ensure attraction and retention of this vital workforce, while achieving significant competitive advantage. This dynamic webinar will answer questions like: What does it mean to be a Hispanic in the United States? What are the biggest challenges they face? And what can NEPDEC members do to pave the way to their advancement in their workplaces? This session will portray the latest statistics, myths and facts, case studies, metrics, proven strategies and important aspects of the Hispanic community as a whole.

Miguel is a dynamic Hispanic and Emerging Leader ,Workforce Strategist and founder of Go Hispanic Today,LLC.  As a former Recruitment & Outreach Strategist for thelargest federal government agency in the world, he designed and coordinated award winning initiatives to optimize the representation of diverse talent, with a sharp focus on Hispanics. Miguel Joey Aviles is a captivating bilingual speaker who brings firsthand expertise related to the Hispanic population, specializing in the development of

Millennials, young diverse talent and “high potentials.” Miguel’s high energy keynotes have inspired positive reactions from multiple global organizations. Miguel’s exhilarating keynotes and trainings

have been featured at SHRM National, Diversity and Talent Management Conferences, the Global Change Management Conference,Human Capital Institute, and at many other national events, organizations and agencies.


Monday April 11th 201 6 9am-4pm  TCMC 525 Pine Street- the main events are in the Auditorium