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Scott Finnie will speak during GFU's 'Reflections on Dr. King and the Beloved Community'

An expert on diversity will speak of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Newberg next week in "Reflections on Dr. King and the Beloved Community."Finnie

A guest of George Fox University's Presidential Lecture Series, Scott Finnie has received more than 20 awards for excellence in teaching, leadership, mentoring and civil rights. He has been a faculty member at Eastern Washington University's Africana Education Program and history department since 1992 and serves as director of African studies and as director of race and cultural studies.

His presentations have covered themes surrounding civil rights, affirmative action, servant leadership, diversity and cross-cultural communication, the American criminal justice system, and faculty hiring in higher education.

Finnie also owns a diversity consultant business, "Engaging Team Concepts," serving employers and institutions throughout the Spokane area for the past 17 years. He has conducted customized trainings, workshops, symposiums, retreats, practicums and guest presentations in areas involving cultural competency, intercultural communication, diversity hiring, teamwork dynamics, servant leadership, conflict resolution, civil rights history, affirmative action and active listening.

In addition, he has published a dozen articles in numerous publications, including The National Social Science Journal, in the book "Investigating Diversity: Race, Ethnicity and Beyond," The Oxford Round Table Journal, The Council on Undergraduate Research Quarterly and The International Journal of Servant Leadership.  

Raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Finnie arrived in Spokane in 1975 on a basketball scholarship at Gonzaga University. He earned a bachelor's degree in English in 1979, a master's degree in American history from Eastern Washington University in 1992 and a doctorate in leadership studies from Gonzaga in 2000.

His talk is set for 4:15 p.m. Oct. 31 at University Canyon Commons on Villa road. Seating is first-come, first-served. For more information, call Missy Terry, chief of staff in the president's office, at 503-554-2101.


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