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DATE: July 28, 2009 1:51:24 PM PDT
WWU's Joseph E. Garcia to Lead SACNAS Summer Leadership Institute

Contact: Joseph E. Garcia, (360) 650-3916, or joseph.garcia@wwu.edu.  

BELLINGHAM – Joseph E. Garcia, director of the new Karen W. Morse Institute for Leadership and associate dean of the Center for Excellence in Management Education at Western Washington University’s College of Business and Economics, will be the chief facilitator of the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) Summer Leadership Institute on July 28-Aug.1 at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) national office in Washington, D.C.

SACNAS is a national organization founded by scientists that is dedicated to the development of college students to professionals from the sciences in attaining advanced degrees, careers and leadership. The SACNAS Summer Leadership Institute, developed in collaboration with the AAAS, is an intensive five-day course featuring small group exercises, keynote speakers, leadership development planning, networking opportunities, and extensive community building. The institute, which will host 30 selected applicants, also brings distinguished minority group leaders in the sciences to interact with students, give keynote talks and share their perspectives on leadership. 

Garcia said the institute makes a valuable contribution to enable people from underrepresented backgrounds to step into important roles for the future. In addition, he is excited to see Western involved with more diversity efforts.

“It’s exciting to see the caliber of people from underrepresented backgrounds moving forward in their careers,” Garcia said. “It says something about how far we have come in the success of minority scientists.”

Garcia, recently announced Bowman Distinguished Professorship in Leadership and director of the new Karen W. Morse Institute for Leadership, is the associate dean of Western’s College of Business and Economics (CBE) and past director and founder of the Center for Excellence in Management Education at CBE. He received his master’s degree from Western and a doctorate in organizational and social psychology from the University of Utah. His career focus is on leadership and building healthy communities in organizations, with publications spanning topics of diversity, managerial skills, management education, leadership, group support systems, and change management with information technology.   He is the co-author with WWU Education Professor Karen Hoelscher of the book “Managing Diversity Flashpoints in Higher Education,” focusing on diversity-driven problems and topics, and the methodologies used to solve them.

For more information, contact Joseph E. Garcia at (360) 650-3916 or e-mail joseph.garcia@wwu.edu.

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