Thiel College premiering new conversation series focused on diversity issues

GREENVILLE, Pa.—Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion Anthony E. Jones is debuting a new conversation series for students and employees that will focus on specific diversity topics with experts in the field.

The Courageous Tomcat Conversation Series launches at noon Oct. 8. The online meeting will be led by Jones. The first speaker is the director of Allegheny College’s IDEAS (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Access, & Social Justice) Center Angelica Perez-Johnston, D.P.A. Perez-Johnston’s talk title is “Coming Into My Own: a journey through intersectionality to embracing self.”

Alumna Amber-Jenae Bodrick ’09 will be featured on Nov. 5 with Chief Inclusion Officer at Augsburg University Joanne Reeck. She was a business administration major at Thiel College and has a master’s degree in healthcare administration. She is an information technology professional, a mentor, a coach, and a community organizer. Bodrick was a 2019 inductee to the Thiel College Athletics Hall of Fame.

“So many people in our communities are experiencing grief, anger, mistrust and misunderstanding right now,” Jones said. “I hope that these conversations can help give us all insights, tools and principles into making our way through a perplexing and frustrating time in our nation’s history.”

Event schedule:

Oct. 8

Oct. 14

Nov. 5

Nov. 12

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Thiel College is an independent college founded in the Lutheran tradition. Located in Greenville, Pa., the College offers 60 majors and minors, 24 varsity sports, and an 11:1 student-faculty ratio. The College is also home to a new Master of Science in speech-language pathology and 2Master of Business Administration. Both master’s degree programs offer innovative and accelerated five-year paths which allow students to earn a bachelor’s and master’s degree in five years. The speech-language pathology program also has an accelerated 15-month graduate-level program. The M.B.A. program also has a 12-month post-graduate program.A dedicated faculty paired with dynamic research and internship opportunities produce numerous graduate school and job placements. Coeducational from its beginnings, the College remains committed to combining tradition with innovation as it celebrates 150 years.