Benham Inn hosting diversity event

Staff Report

January 13, 2014

The Community Diversity Breakfast, sponsored by the Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College Office of Diversity/Inclusion and the Upward Bound/Math Science Program along with the college’s Academic Advantage Program, will be held Saturday at 9 a.m. at the Benham School House Inn.

The annual event, open to the public, will feature an address by Dr. Shawn D. Long.

Long, a Harlan County native, is a professor and chairman of the Department of Communication Studies at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte. He attended Harlan High School and graduated from Tennessee State University. He earned his doctorate from the University of Kentucky.

A tenured professor at UNC-Charlotte, Long’s teaching and research spans the disciplines of organizational communications, organizational sciences, virtual work, diversity communication, virtual-team assimilation and socialization and health communication.

He has written, presented and published several peer-reviewed papers around issues of organizational technology, diversity, virtual work in organization, health communication and organizational culture. He has appeared as a featured guest on several media outlets including National Public Radio and the Canadian Broadcasting Corp.

Long has written two books, “Communication, Relationship and Practices in Virtual Work” and “Virtual Work and Human Interaction Research.”

He is currently guest editor of a special issue of the Journal of Information Technology Research. He serves on a number of journal editorial boards. Long is a past chairman of the African American Communication and Culture Division of the National Communication Association.

Prior to his arrival in Charlotte, Long was a Southern Regional Educational Board Doctoral Scholar and the Lyman R. Johnson Doctoral Scholar at the University of Kentucky. He has been recognized with several professional awards including the 2012 Outstanding Service Award and honors issued by the National Communication Association, African American Communication and Culture Division/Black Caucus, 2011 Southern States Communication Association Outreach Award, 2009 Organizational Science Outstanding Service Award.

He is also recipient of the esteemed Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Teaching at the University of Kentucky. He is also listed among the Who’s Who of American Teachers.

Carolyn M. Sundy, Southeast’s vice president for Diversity/Inclusion, applauded the selection of Long as the 2014 Community Diversity Breakfast presenter.

“We are undoubtedly privileged to have Dr. Shawn Long as our speaker and are eager to hear his message,” she said. “We have sponsored this event for a number of years and each year it continues to grow and to be well attended.”

The event will begin with a breakfast buffet at 9 a.m. The cost of the breakfast will be $10.

For further information, contact Sundy at 589-3052, Jennifer Brackett at 589-3060 or Amanda Creech at 589-3115.