Reframing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Work: A Dignity Approach

Event Date: Wednesday November 3, 2021
Time: 12:00-1:00 pm

The Herbert C. Kelman Seminar on International Conflict Analysis and Resolution presents:

Reframing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Work: A Dignity Approach

A virtual talk with:

Dr. Floyd Cobb

Dr. Floyd Cobb
Author Consultant/Adjunct Faculty,
University of Denver

Dr. John Krownapple

Dr. John Krownapple
Author Consultant/Adjunct Faculty,
Johns Hopkins University


Wednesday, November 3, 2021
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm, ET (US and Canada)

Free and open to the public.


About the talk:

If we are to break the cycle of dysfunctional equity work, we must ensure a climate where every person feels like they belong. How? By shaping a culture of dignity that honors each person’s value and worth. While this may sound simple, it’s extraordinarily hard transformative work that is essential to gaining trust and identifying common ground. Floyd Cobb and John Krownapple will discuss key learnings from their book, Belonging through a Culture of Dignity, which underscores how the dignity model is a foundational key to all diversity, equity and inclusion work.

About the speakers:

Floyd Cobb has over 20 years of experience spanning the P-20 educational continuum, fifteen of which have been in leadership roles. He has held roles as a classroom teacher, school leader, district curriculum leader, and a statewide policy implementer. In each role he has held responsibilities as a key leader making educational experiences more equitable. Cobb holds a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction from the Morgridge College of Education at the University of Denver. There, he is an adjunct faculty member and teaches courses on social inequality through the lenses of race, class, and gender. In 2017, Floyd was awarded the Ruth Murray Underhill Teaching Award for excellence in teaching, which is given to one adjunct faculty member at the university. He has published numerous articles and book chapters in addition to Belonging Through a Culture of Dignity.

John Krownapple specializes in organizational development and professional learning focused on equitable change. He has over 15 years of experience as the coordinator of diversity, equity and inclusion for an organization of over 6,000 employees serving over 50,000 students. Krownapple has published numerous articles and is the author of the book Guiding Teams to Excellence with Equity: Culturally Proficient Facilitation (Corwin, 2017) and co-author of Belonging Through a Culture of Dignity. He has served as a classroom teacher, curriculum specialist, and district administrator. Krownapple is currently an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University and educational consultant.

About the Herbert C. Kelman Seminar Series:

The Herbert C. Kelman Seminar on International Conflict Analysis and Resolution series is sponsored by the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School, The Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, and Boston area members of the Alliance for Peacebuilding. The seminar considers ways to strengthen the capacity to prevent, resolve, and transform ethnonational conflicts.

 For more information on the Kelman Seminar Series, contact Donna Hicks at


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