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Presented By: U-M Industrial & Operations Engineering

Alumni Merit Presentation: Damon Williams

Our New Compelling State Interests

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Damon Williams
Hear from our 2023 Alumni Merit Award Winner as Williams presents his talk titled, "Our New Compelling State Interests"

Date: Sept. 22
Time: 12-1:20 p.m.
Location: IOE 1610

Description: In 2003, Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor called raced-based admissions, which allowed academic institutions to build student body diversity, a "compelling state interest." In 2023, our current Supreme Court effectively reversed that groundbreaking majority decision by eliminating race-based admissions. Within our academic communities, we must ask the question, what are our new compelling state interests? In this interactive discussion, we will consider that question and others as we explore options to continue supporting the ideals and values of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging within our academic communities.

Bio: Damon P. Williams serves as the inaugural associate dean for inclusive excellence and chief diversity officer, advancing the College’s diversity and inclusion initiatives and supporting a climate of equity and belonging across our community. Williams is a member of the academic faculty in the H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISyE), where he is a senior lecturer and director of ISyE’s Center for Academics, Success, and Equity, which he founded in 2020. He also speaks nationally on higher education and diversity in academia.

Williams earned a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from Georgia Tech in 2002 and then a master’s and Ph.D. in industrial and operations engineering from the University of Michigan. He returned to Georgia Tech as a postdoctoral fellow in the Center for Teaching and Learning and a part-time lecturer in ISyE in 2010. He turned his attention to teaching and advising full-time in 2014.

Williams also earned a Master of Divinity from Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia, and serves as senior pastor of Providence Missionary Baptist Church in southwest Atlanta.

*This presentation is a part of our IOE 101 seminar series.
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Damon Williams

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