Dr. J. Luke Wood will be the closing speaker for the University of Phoenix Inclusive Leadership Summit and Career Fair

PHOENIX–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The University of Phoenix is ​​pleased to announce that J. Luke Wood, Ph.D., will be the keynote speaker for the University’s first annual Inclusive Leadership Summit and Career Fair, 12-15 April 2022. The free virtual event is open to the public and aimed to help participants develop Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (DEIB) skills as inclusive leaders and will provide opportunities networking and employment.

Wood’s closing talk is titled “Racelighting: Addressing Inauthentic Allyship” and will lead a session on how racelighting manifests in the everyday and consistent experiences of black people, as well as Indigenous peoples and other people of color. Wood explains, “Racelighting refers to the process by which people of color question their own thoughts and actions due to systematically delivered racist messages that make them second guess their own lived experiences with racism.” This session will highlight the ways racelighting is evident in the experiences of students, faculty, and staff of color. Along with Wood, the presenters will also discuss strategies that can be used to reduce the impact of race lighting on people of color.

Wood is Vice President of Student Affairs and Campus Diversity and Dean’s Professor Emeritus of Education at San Diego State University. He is also co-director of the Community College Equity Assessment Lab (CCEAL), a national center for research and practice that partners with community colleges to support their ability to advance outcomes for underserved students of color. Wood’s research focuses on factors affecting educational success for boys and men of color, with particular emphasis on early childhood education and community colleges. He has presented over 1,000 professional presentations and scholarly lectures, and his research has been featured in prominent national media.

Wood is the author of over 160 publications, including over 70 peer-reviewed journal articles and 15 books. He received his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies with a major in Higher Education, and his Masters in Curriculum and Instruction with a major in Early Childhood Education from Arizona State University (ASU).

Titled “Creating the Intentional Leader of Today, Tomorrow, and Beyond,” the University of Phoenix Inclusive Leadership Summit and Career Fair offers attendees access to a as well as in-depth workshops, research presentations, and industry-focused tracks: Leadership & Management, Health, and Education.

The Inclusive Leadership Summit incorporates research findings from the Career Institute™ and University of Phoenix Research Centers to influence the topics covered while highlighting the academic areas of study offered at the University . Learn more about diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging at the University of Phoenix here.

Register for the University of Phoenix Inclusive Leadership Summit here.

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