Our Keynote Speakers for the Undivided Allies: Intercultural Inclusion and Equity in Career Services

This July, CSI West faculty will have conferences in Oregon and California, Undivided Allies: Intercultural Inclusion and Equity in Career Services. The conferences focus on better understanding and supporting the career development needs of minority identity communities, including but not limited to Communities of Color, Communities with Disabilities, First Generation Communities, LGBTQ Communities, and Undocumented Communities.

We are very excited to announce that we are going to have special keynote speakers for the events!

Eugene, OR:

When the Music Changes….so does the Dance! by Lou Radja
In today’s fast-changing, interdependent and multicultural world, it is imperative that we all fully grasp and understand the challenges and opportunities that are in front of us. An increasingly diverse and multicultural student body is enrolling on college campuses all across the country and the same is true in the market place. Yes, the ‘Music’ is changing my friends and so must the ‘Dance’ inside career centers everywhere. This keynote presentation is about inspiring, preparing and equipping Inclusive and Culturally Competent leaders to capitalize on the opportunities that the diversity brings for both our students and employers.

About Lou:

A true social entrepreneur, Lou Radja continues to work tirelessly to help individuals and teams thrive at the intersection of success & significance. A recognized and award winning Motivational Speaker and founder of Lou Radja Enterprises, Mr. Radja’s trainings on leadership, personal growth, diversity and service inspire and equip audiences around the world, to Be More and Give More. As Founder and Executive Director of EduCongo, a U.S. based nonprofit organization; Lou’s energy is also devoted to generating awareness and support to provide quality education for over 2,000 underprivileged children in the Congo. A graduate of Portland State University where he studied International Affairs with a focus on development challenges and opportunities in today’s globalized world. Lou is a member and Past President of the Portland Pearl Rotary Club, an active member of the World Affairs Council of Oregon. Lou and his wife Stacy are proud parents of two boys, Yenga and Senda!

Los Angeles, CA

Dr. Sumun Pendakur

Dr. Sumun Pendakur, Ed.D., is Associate Dean for Institutional Diversity at Harvey Mudd College. Sumi is a member of the President’s Cabinet and serves as the co-Chief Diversity Officer, partnering with Academic Affairs, to focus on campus-wide efforts related to access, equity, campus climate, and inclusion.  She also directs HMC’s social justice education center, the Office of Institutional Diversity (OID).  Sumi serves as a consultant, speaker, and facilitator regionally and nationally, helping campuses, non-profits, and other organizations build capacity for cultural competence, social justice, and equitable practices.  She is a scholar-practitioner, whose research interests include Critical Race Theory, Asian American and Pacific Islander students, change agents, and institutional transformation.  Sumi is passionate about empowering students, faculty, and staff to be agents of change in their spheres of influence.

Prior to Harvey Mudd College, Sumi spent 7.5 years at the University of Southern California, where she served as the director for Asian Pacific American Student Services.  In 2011, she won the USC Remarkable Women Award and the USC Rossier School of Education Dissertation of the Year Award.  In 2014, she won the Outstanding Mid-Level Professional Award from the NASPA Asian Pacific Islander Knowledge Community.

Sumi has held leadership positions and presented her original research at NASPA, ACPA, NADOHE, NCORE, and ASHE. In addition, she is an Asian American and Pacific Islander Research Coalition Fellow, the 2014–2016 co-chair of NASPA Southern California, the 2015 co-chair for the NASPA Western Regional Conference Research Institute, as well as a 2014–2015 NADOHE Chief Diversity Officer’s Fellow.  Sumi served as a Cultural Competence Coach (2013-2016) for the AAC&U’s Teaching to Increase Diversity and Equity in STEM (TIDES) Institute.  Most recently, Sumi was appointed to the Board of Directors for NADOHE, the national chief diversity officers’ organization, for 2016-2019.  Sumi’s two primary research agendas are on Asian American students in higher education and practitioners’ roles as change agents, transforming student experience and institutions from the inside.  Her most recent publications are chapters in edited volumes: Empowerment agents: Developing staff and faculty to support students at the margins (2016), Beyond boba tea and samosas: A call for Asian American race consciousness (2016), and Going against the grain: Higher education practitioners countering neoliberalism and postracial ideology (2014).

Pendakur is a graduate of Northwestern University with a double major in Women’s Studies and History and a Minor in Spanish. She holds an M.A. in Higher Education Administration from the University of Michigan. She received her doctorate in Higher Education Leadership from the USC Rossier School of Education.

Sumi is married to actor Sunil Malhotra and is the proud (and permanently tired) mommy of 4-year-old Shashi Veer Pendakur Malhotra.

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