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Title IX Advocate to Discuss Importance of Diversity in Education, Workplace During Martin Luther King Jr. Day Dinner

Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Charlotte Westerhaus Renfrow

Charlotte Westerhaus-Renfrow

Charlotte Westerhaus-Renfrow, a Title IX advocate who has advised academic leaders in three states, will be the featured speaker at Rose-Hulman's Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration Dinner on Monday, January 19 in the Kahn Rooms of the Hulman Memorial Student Union, starting at 6:30 p.m.

"What's Diversity Got to Do with It? Everything!" will be the topic of her speech to students, campus leaders, faculty, and staff members. Her talk will highlight that decades of research prove that a diversity of perspectives leads to more creative solutions. And, the best way to assure a diversity of perspectives is to have a diverse workforce.

Westerhaus-Renfrow is currently a senior lecturer of management at Indiana University's Kelley School of Management in Indianapolis. She has also been an adjunct law professor at IU's Maurer School of Law, and an adjunct professor at Martin University in Indianapolis.

A Sam Jones Trailblazer Award winner from Indiana Black Expo, Westerhaus-Renfrow also served as vice president of diversity and inclusion for the National Collegiate Athletic Association and manager of diversity and equal employment opportunity for Rockwell Collins. She also was director of affirmative action at Purdue University; assistant to the president, director of equal opportunity and diversity, and Title IX coordinator at the University of Iowa; and assistant to the president for equity and diversity and Title IX coordinator at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside.

Westerhaus-Renfrow earned a juris doctorate from the Maurer School of Law, and served as a law clerk for Indiana Supreme Court Justice Brent Dickson. She received a master's degree in student personnel administration and a bachelor's degree in journalism from Ohio University.

The campus' MLK Jr. Celebration Dinner is being co-sponsored by Rose-Hulman's Center for Diversity and the Office of Innovation and Engagement.