The Office of Diversity Initiatives develops and facilitates programming to educate our students for lifelong learning and success in a constantly evolving and multicultural world.

Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 

"Be the Change you Want to See in the World"

Thursday, Jan. 19 | 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Keynote Speaker: Rev. Shawn Walker

Lunch will be provided.

For 20 years, Shawn Walker has been trying to help people turn their Potential into Performance. As a preacher, Shawn has been blessed to touch lives every week, pouring into all those who listen, a sense of hope. As a teacher, Shawn has been privileged to help people build a foundation of knowledge to build a life upon. As a coach, he has been given the gift to guide people and hold them accountable to the process, ensuring results, progress and ultimately success.

Shawn has been a versatile sales professional in Large Account Management, Corporate Sales, District Management, Business Development and a Strategic Accounts Director. Success in his profession was not enough to satisfy his soul. He began preaching in 2001, ordained in 2003 and serving churches and community ever since. He began coaching children as a basketball coach over 20 years ago and has inspired young men to go on and achieve to reach their potential. Alongside all of that, in 2015, he was elected to the Wilkes-Barre Area Schoolboard as a School Director. He was the first black elected official in the city’s history.

Past Diversity & Inclusion Student Conferences

Maintaining Hope in Adversity

Keynote Speaker

Rev. Shawn Walker

Education is Key

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Cassandra St. Vil, Founding CEO, Amateka College Prep

Understanding & Addressing Social Inequalities

Keynote Speaker

Blake Lamberti Mackesy, Ed.D., School of Education at Wilkes University Doctoral Department

Challenging our Unconscious Biases

Keynote Speaker

Vicki T. Sapp, Ph.D., Student Affairs Director for Student Engagement, Diversity, and Inclusion Assistant Professor, Department of Clinical Sciences at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine

Connecting with Social Responsibility & Inclusion in Changing Times

Keynote Speaker

SRA. Joyce M. Avila, President of Cafe, Creating and Facilitating Equality