For Immediate Release — Tuesday, November 29, 2005


Mary E. McCrank

Media Relations Officer

(585) 245-5516

SUNY Geneseo President's Lecture on Diversity to Feature Chief Diversity Officer for Sodexho Dec. 7

GENESEO, N.Y. — Rohini Anand, senior vice president and chief diversity officer for Sodexho, will deliver the college's third annual President's Lecture on Diversity at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7, in the MacVittie College Union Ballroom at the State University of New York at Geneseo. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Widely recognized in the area of diversity and inclusion, Anand is responsible for the strategic direction, implementation and alignment of Sodexho's integrated global diversity initiatives and strategy. Sodexho is the largest provider of food and facilities management in the U.S. and Canada, with 130,000 employees and $5.5 billion in annual sales.

Her talk is titled "Creating a Culture of Inclusion at Sodexho — A Sustainable Strategy for Organizational Success." Following the talk, Geneseo President Christopher C. Dahl will host a reception in the Fireside Lounge in the union.

Before joining Sodexho, Anand was vice president and director of training at the National MultiCultural Institute, where she designed, developed and implemented organizational change initiatives for domestic and global clients including Fortune 500 companies, non-profit organizations, educational institutions and government agencies. Her consulting work involved organizational assessments, training, strategic planning, benchmarking and coaching. She has made numerous appearances on national television to talk about organizational change and diversity, and has authored several books. Among her publications are "Customizing Diversity Training Using Case Vignettes," "Multicultural Case Studies: Tools for Training," "Teaching Skills and Cultural Competence: A Guide for Trainers" and "Cultural Competency in Health Care: A Guide for Trainers."

She received her Ph.D. in Asian Studies from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and an M.A. in Diplomatic History from Ohio University.

In her prior role as Vice President, Diversity with Sodexho, Anand was responsible for Sodexho's Affirmative Action and Diversity initiatives. In this role, she provided leadership for Sodexho's diversity strategy and its integration into Sodexho's strategic imperatives, and its human resources and business structures and processes.

Anand is on the board of the MultiCultural Foodservice and Hospitality Alliance, a national non-profit organization that promotes the economic benefits of diversity in the food service and hospitality industry, and the Women's Foodservice Form, the largest membership organization for women in the food service industry. She also chairs the Professional Competencies Committee for the Diversity Leadership Forum, a national organization for diversity practitioners, and is on the board of the National MultiCultural Institute, a non-profit organization in D.C. Anand has a doctorate from the University of Michigan.