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BRIEF: Whitworth to present lecture “Communicating Difference Matters”

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University of Colorado’s Professor of Communications and Associate Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion Brenda Allen will present “Communicating Difference Matters” on  Sept. 30 at 7 p.m., in Weyerhaeuser Hall’s Robinson Teaching Theatre at Whitworth University.

“In this time of rapidly changing demographics and dissolution of social barriers, we must learn to value difference and recognize that difference matters if we are to produce citizens who can compete in a diverse global market economy and who have the capacity to honor God, follow Christ, and serve humanity,” Lawrence Burnley, Whitworth’s assistant vice president for diversity and intercultural relations said in a press release. “Brenda Allen’s work, voice, and extraordinary insights will make a significant contribution to Whitworth’s and the Spokane region’s growth in the area of intercultural competency in education and beyond.”

In addition to working at the University of Colorado, Allen has written numerous publications, including Difference Matters: Communicating Social Identity. She specializes in organizational communication, the study of interaction and dialogue within organizational contexts.

The lecture is free and open to the public.

About Tracy Simmons

Tracy Simmons
Tracy Simmons, who teaches journalism at Gonzaga University, is an award winning journalist specializing in religion reporting, digital entrepreneurship and social journalism. In her 13 years on the religion beat, Simmons has tucked a notepad in her pocket and found some of her favorite stories aboard cargo ships in New Jersey, on a police chase in Albuquerque, in dusty Texas church bell towers, on the streets of New York and in tent cities in Haiti. Simmons has worked as a multimedia journalist for newspapers across New Mexico, Texas and Connecticut. Currently she serves as the executive director of SpokaneFAVS.com, a digital journalism start-up covering religion news and commentary in Spokane, Wash. She also writes for The Spokesman-Review and for the Religion News Service.

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