Chief Executive Officer of the Society of American Foresters Terry Baker and Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Diversity Abroad, Andrew Gordon will be on campus in the upcoming week to discuss diversity and inclusion in education and leadership.

Terry Baker, CEO of the Society of American Foresters

Baker’s keynote address, “Leadership: The Challenge of Being Yourself,” will discuss diversity and inclusion through the personal and professional journey, according to a Cal Poly news release. The talk will take place in the Performing Arts Center Pavilion Thursday, May 9, at 4 p.m. All students, staff, and faculty is invited to attend.

Baker is the first African American to lead the Society of American Foresters (SAF), a society that has been around for 118 years, according to the Cal Poly news release.

A member since 2002, Baker believes SAF has the power to educate the public about the importance of forestry professionals in sustaining the nation’s forests, communities and economies, according to his SAF biography.

SAF is dedicated to advancing sustainable management of forest resources through science, education and technology, according to the society’s website. There are 12,000 members of SAF and the society publishes two scientific journals about forestry.

The keynote address is sponsored by the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences, the Office of University Diversity and Inclusion, the Career Services Diversity Funding Committee and SAF, according to the Cal Poly news release.

Andrew Gordon, Founder and CEO of Diversity Abroad

Andrew Gordon will be the guest speaker at the Internationalization Symposium 2019. Gordon’s talk, “The Power of Diversity in Global Education,” will discuss the benefits of diversity and immersion into other cultures, according to a Cal Poly news release. Gordon’s talk will take place in the Advanced Technology Laboratories on Tuesday, May 14 at 11:10 a.m.

Founded in 2006, Gordon’s mission for the organization was to “help ensure all students had equal access to the benefits afforded through international education,” according to organization’s website.

Today, Diversity Abroad helps connect students, recent graduates, and young professionals to international opportunities that will benefit them in future endeavors of education and careers, according to the site.

The talk is sponsored by Diversity Abroad, the College of Engineering, the College of Science and Mathematics, the Office of University Diversity and Inclusion, and Student Affairs, according to the Cal Poly news release.

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