The Lin Great Speakers Series is presented to the public as a community service. The lectures are made possible by an endowment established in memory of Shu-Chi Lin by his widow, Mrs. Chang Le-Chiao Lin, and their son, Vincent Lin, Ph.D., a St. Mary’s alumnus and former faculty member.
Each year, the Lin Great Speakers Series lecture is preceded by the Conference on Justice and Social Concerns, a two-day event during which the campus community explores important social and justice issues affecting society.
This year’s theme will be sponsored by the Center for Catholic Studies.
A Conversation on Race, Equality, and Equity
A Black History Month event in collaboration with the St. Mary’s University President’s Council for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and the Conference on Justice and Social Concerns sponsored by the Center of Catholic Studies
Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021
7 to 8:30 p.m. via Zoom
This conversation will provide insight into the concepts of race, equality and equity and discuss systematic barriers impacting underrepresented groups and strategies on how to overcome these challenges.
This discussion will also share insights on how Catholic Universities can reflect anti-racist institutions.
Jonathan Butler, Esq.
Equity Manager for the City of San Antonio
Jonathan Butler is a native of Atlanta and has over 20 years of experience cultivating and strengthening relationships with diverse constituencies. As an Equity Manager for the City of San Antonio, he maximizes his relational community building skills to help successfully implement equity initiatives citywide and works to promote and measure the impact of social justice policies, practices and procedures throughout City departments.
Prior to joining the Office of Equity, Butler managed the Neighborhood Services and Development Division for the City of Chattanooga. He has also worked as a private attorney and consultant to organizations, businesses and universities on race and employee relations, diversity and inclusion, and anti-harassment policies. He is an accomplished facilitator and trainer, a creator of workforce incentive programs, an implementer of 360-degree performance evaluations, and he has been at the frontline of racial and social justice issues since his days as a student leader and organizer at Emory University, where he received his Bachelor of Arts. Additionally, he holds a Juris Doctorate from American University, and bar licenses in Georgia and Virginia.
Christopher Whitt, Ph.D.
Vice Provost for Institutional Diversity and Inclusion at Creighton University
Christopher M. Whitt, Ph.D., is Creighton University’s inaugural Vice Provost for Institutional Diversity and Inclusion. In his role, he leads collaborative efforts fostering progress in diversity and inclusion across the university and into the surrounding community. In line with the Catholic Jesuit mission of the university, Whitt works to coordinate the institution’s diversity and inclusion efforts from the perspectives of solidarity and justice by working with every office, department, and unit across campus as well in engaging in efforts with community partners. Among his many entrepreneurial efforts are the establishment of Creighton’s first National Black Alumni Network, the annual Interdisciplinary Scholars Symposium, and the Union Pacific Diversity Scholars Program.
Prior to arriving at Creighton in February 2018, he spent over a decade at Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois, where he was Associate Professor of Political Science, Chair of the Political Science Department, co-founder of the Africana Studies Program, and founding Director of the Center for Inclusive Leadership and Equity. For his work in the classroom and in the community, Whitt was awarded the National Conference of Black Political Scientists’ 2013 Anna Julia Cooper Teacher of the Year Award and the 2017 Fannie Lou Hamer Outstanding Community Service Award, and he was awarded the Rock Island County NAACP’s Civil Rights Hero Award in 2017, among other recognitions.
Dr. Whitt earned his Ph.D in Political Science and his M.A. in Political Science at the University of Maryland, College Park. His B.A. in Political Science is from Salisbury University in Maryland.
Tiffany Galvin Green, Ph.D.
Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at John Carroll University
Tiffany Galvin Green, Ph.D., is the Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at John Carroll University in University Heights, Ohio. In her role, Green oversees the Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, which includes the Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion (CSDI), the Student Accessibility Services Office, the Title IX Office, and faculty and staff DEI training and development. Green has more than 25 years of progressive experience in higher education and industry with a specialization in leadership, diversity and inclusion, organizational behavior and strategic management. She has also served as Assistant Provost for Inclusive Excellence at Vanderbilt University. In that role, she was tasked with evaluating and augmenting existing programs, consulting with units across campus to design and implement new programs, and aiding efforts to attract, hire and retain diverse faculty talent. Green has industry experience having served as the CEO and executive director for five years of a nonprofit community service organization in Northeast Florida, where she oversaw 13 locations and 250+ employees across three counties.
She has also held faculty positions at the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts, Capella University in Minnesota, Flagler College in Florida, the University of Utah, the University of Texas at Dallas, and the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Green earned her Ph.D. in organizational behavior and M.S. in management/organizational behavior from Northwestern, following her undergraduate work at the University of Michigan.