PULLMAN, Wash. – An in-demand national speaker on diversity and leadership will deliver the second Excellence in Leadership Lecture, 12:15 p.m. Friday, April 13, in the CUB Auditorium.

Georgina Dodge, associate provost for diversity, equity, and inclusion at Bucknell University and the university’s chief diversity officer, will speak about the “Impacts of Unconscious Bias on Effective Leadership” during her keynote address. She will discuss the effects of implicit bias on organizational leadership and point out how cognitive errors impede diversity and inclusion. She’ll also offer solutions to mitigate the effects of bias.

Dodge will visit the Pullman campus April 12-13. She will conduct leadership workshops for members of the president’s cabinet and student affairs staff and meet with members of the WSU Black Faculty and Staff Association and students in addition to delivering her public lecture, which will be livestreamed.

Dodge joined Bucknell in 2017 from the University of Iowa where, as chief diversity officer, associate vice president, and Title IX coordinator, she helped shape the university’s culture and advocated for the rights of members of the Iowa community.

Before joining Iowa, Dodge spent 14 years at the Ohio State University, where she provided leadership supporting the success of underrepresented students, faculty, and staff through the Office of Minority Affairs and was assistant vice provost, among other positions, including assistant professor of English.

Dodge also serves on the national board of directors for the Association of Title IX Administrators as well as the board of the Stanley Foundation.

The lecture series is sponsored by the BFSA and the Office of the President. The lectures are part of WSU President Kirk Schulz’s commitment to strengthening the culture of diversity and leadership at the university’s campuses system-wide.

Individuals and groups, including student clubs, may reserve priority seating online for the April 13 address. Admission is free of charge.