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Nine of the Shinx Virtuosi performers rocking hard

Nine of the Virtuosi Sphinx performers rocking hard

Higher education needs more diverse leaders, to help as many students from as many different backgrounds as possible achieve their goals. Sarah Dahl reports on Tuesday evening’s panel on diversity in higher education, which discussed this need from a variety of perspectives.

With a stirring contemporary string composition inspired by civil rights activist Rosa Parks, the Virtuosi Sphinx performers prefaced the panel. The Virtuosi Sphinx performers are part of the national Detroit-based Sphinx Organization, “dedicated to transforming lives through the power of diversity in the arts,” whose founder, Aaron Dworkin, was among the panelists.

Sponsored by the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Diversity and Inclusion and the Office of University Life, the event included presentations from accomplished minority academics, some of whom voiced concrete steps toward improving diversity in higher education, and some of whom merely lamented the lack thereof and cited statistics.

Columbia Business School professor and Senior Vice Dean Katherine W. Phillips, Ph.D. presented first. She displayed statistics of women in the workplace, citing unsettling numbers such as the fact that women comprise 47% of the workforce but just 5% of Fortune 500 CEOs.

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