For Immediate Release — October 3, 2003


GENESEO, N.Y. — The first President’s Lecture on Diversity will be held at SUNY Geneseo on Monday, Oct. 20, at 4 p.m. in the Robert W. MacVittie College Union Ballroom. Jeffrey Milem, associate professor at the University of Maryland, will deliver the lecture. Milem is graduate program director for the higher education administration program at the University’s College of Education, in the Department of Educational Policy and Leadership.

Milem is widely recognized as an expert in the area of racial dynamics in higher education. He has been commissioned to do research by the Harvard Civil Rights Project, the American Council on Education, and the American Educational Research Association’s Panel on Racial Dynamics in Higher Education. He is the research coordinator for Maryland’s participation in the Diverse Democracy Project, which studies the ways in which students’ experiences with diversity while they are in college prepare them to participate as citizens in a diverse democracy. His research interests also focus on the ways in which faculty effectively utilize diversity in their classroom teaching.

In addition to delivering the President’s Lecture, Milem will meet with the college’s Faculty Task Force on Roles and Rewards, as well as with members of the President’s Commission on Diversity and Community and the college’s admissions staff. He also plans to spend time with the sociology department’s Race and Ethnicity class to talk about "College, Students, and Racial Understanding" from his 1994 publication Thought and Action. Other students from other classes studying issues of diversity will be invited to attend.

Milem has given speeches and provided consultation on racial dynamics to different national education organizations as well as various public and private higher education institutions across the country. Milem, who has spent 22 years working as a faculty member, scholar, or administrator, received his B.A. in political science from Michigan State University, his M.Ed. from the University of Vermont, and his Ph.D. in higher education from UCLA. In addition to his employment in higher education, he has worked as a photographer, a janitor and maintenance worker, a house painter, a landscaper, a bartender and a cook.

The author of several books, book chapters and monographs, Milem is the author or co-author of numerous manuscripts which appear in Academe, Change, The Journal of Higher Education, Sociology of Education, Research in Higher Education, The Review of Higher Education, Higher Education: Handbook of Theory and Research, The Journal of College Student Development, Thought and Action, and The UCLA Journal of Education.

Named to Who’s Who in American Education in 1995, Milem is also the recipient of honors and awards from the University of Maryland Diversity Network, the University of Vermont, the UCLA Graduate School of Education, the California Association of College and University Housing Officers, and the University of California, Irvine.

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