President's Annual Lecture on Diversity

In 2004, President Christopher Dahl inaugurated Geneseo's annual President's Lecture on Diversity. Each year, the college brings to campus a distinguished leader or scholar to work closely with students, faculty and staff on issues related to diversity and deliver a major public lecture on diversity and society.

 Arlene S. Kanter

Arlene S. Kanter, the Bond, Schoeneck and King Distinguished Professor of Law, the Meredith Professor of Teaching Excellence at Syracuse University, the founder and director of the College of Law’s Disability Law and Policy Program, and the co-director of the Syracuse University Center on Human Policy, Law, and Disability Studies, spoke on "From Charity to Human Rights for People with Disabilities" on February 27, 2013.

John D'Emilio

John D'Emilio, professor of Gender & Women's Studies and History at the University of Illinois-Chicago and a pioneer in gay and lesbian studies, spoke on "Rethinking Gay History. Or Richard Nixon: Gay Liberationist?" for the President's Diversity Lecture, April 7, 2011.


Georgina T. Wood, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Ghana, spoke on "The Development of Law and Development in Ghana" in a lecture that combined the annual Roemer Lecture on World Affairs with the President's Diversity Lecture, March 31, 2010.

 Maria Guajardo

Dr. Maria Guajardo, Director of the Mayor’s Office of Denver, Colorado, for Education and Children, spoke on “Navigating Across Cultures" on April 4, 2009.

Bruce Jacobs


Mr. Bruce Jacobs, author of Race Manners for the 21st Century, spoke on "Getting Real About Race"


Dr. Troy Duster, Chancellor's Professor of Sociology at University of California at Berkeley, spoke on the interrelationships between contemporary science and public policy and their implications for race and justice.

Fall 2005

Dr. Rohini Anand, Senior Vice President and Chief Diversity officer for multinational corporation Sodexho, spoke on the need for companies to create a more diversified work force for the future. She presented a global-based overview of the work force of the 2lst century and offered practical advice on how corporations and institutions can achieve and sustain a diversified work force.


Dr. Bell Hooks, noted author, speaker and activist, whose groundbreaking books have re-shaped national conversations on issues such as diversity and pedagogy and the relationship between feminism and race-consciousness.


Dr. Jeffrey Milem of the University of Maryland, an expert on the impact of diversity education and learning on college and university students.