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Communication Scholar, Diversity Expert Brenda J. Allen to Discuss Both Topics Feb. 6 at Gonzaga

Brenda J. Allen

Master of Communication and Leadership
Studies’ Visiting Scholar-In-Residence Lecture

SPOKANE, Wash. – The Gonzaga University Master’s Program of Communication and Leadership Studies presents a lecture by communication scholar and diversity expert Brenda J. Allen, Ph.D., titled “Communication Ethics and Diversity in Higher Education,” at 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 6 in the Jepson Center’s Wolff Auditorium. The lecture will be streamed live at

The event – the COML program’s Visiting Scholar-In-Residence Lecture – is free and open to the public.

Allen will discuss how traditional concepts of ethics and communication relate to diversity. The associate vice chancellor for diversity and inclusion at University of Colorado, Denver, Allen will explain how and why diversity matters in this era of moral complexity within society and higher education. In addition, she will share insights about applying ethical communication practices to facilitate more inclusive interactions in various campus contexts.

Allen’s scholarly work has focused in the areas of organizational communication, diversity, group communication, and critical pedagogy. Among her many publications is the groundbreaking book, “Difference Matters: Communicating Social Identity.” She has received many honors for her scholarly work, commitment to diversity, faculty mentoring, and teaching.

The lecture is part of COML Visiting Scholar-in-Residence, Communication Week. Co-sponsors include the undergraduate communication studies department, the Center for Global Engagement, the Iota Rho chapter of Lambda Pi Eta (the National Communication Honor Society), the office of Associate Academic Vice President & Chief Diversity Officer and the office of the Academic Vice President.

For more information, please contact Megan Taylor at (509) 313-3567 or via email.


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