Nancy Cantor Lecture on Intellectual Diversity | A Conversation about Race and Racism

On Thursday, September 9 at 2pm, the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion hosted the 2021 virtual Nancy Cantor Lecture on Intellectual Diversity – A Conversation about Race and Racism.

The lecture featured Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum, President Emerita of Spelman College and clinical psychologist, and will be in conversation by Dr. Tabbye Chavous.

The Nancy Cantor Distinguished Lectureship on Intellectual Diversity honors Cantor, former U-M provost, for her outstanding contributions to the University community and unwavering commitment to diversity.


Beverly-Tatum-HeadshotDr. Beverly Daniel Tatum, president emerita of Spelman College, is a clinical psychologist widely known for both her expertise on race relations and as a thought leader in higher education. Her thirteen years as the president of Spelman College (2002-2015) were marked by innovation and growth and her visionary leadership was recognized in 2013 with the Carnegie Academic Leadership Award.

The author of several books including the best-selling c (now in a new 2017 20th anniversary edition) and Can We Talk About Race? and Other Conversations in an Era of School Resegregation (2007), Tatum is a sought-after speaker on the topics of racial identity development, race and education, strategies for creating inclusive campus environments, and higher education leadership.

In 2005 Dr. Tatum was awarded the prestigious Brock International Prize in Education for her innovative leadership in the field. A Fellow of the American Psychological Association, she was the 2014 recipient of the APA Award for Outstanding Lifetime Contributions to Psychology. A civic leader in the Atlanta community, Dr. Tatum is engaged in educational initiatives designed to expand educational opportunities for underserved students and their families. In Atlanta, she serves on the governing boards of the Westside Future Fund, Achieve Atlanta, Morehouse College, and the Tull Charitable Foundation. She is also on the boards of Smith College. TIAA Charitable, and the Educational Testing Service.

She holds a B.A. degree in psychology from Wesleyan University and M.A. and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Michigan as well as an M.A. in Religious Studies from Hartford Seminary. Over the course of her career, she has served as a faculty member at the University of California, Santa Barbara, Westfield State University, and Mount Holyoke College. Prior to her 2002 appointment as president of Spelman, she served as dean and acting president at Mount Holyoke College. In Spring 2017 she was the Mimi and Peter E. Haas Distinguished Visitor at Stanford University. She is married to Dr. Travis Tatum; they are the parents of two adult sons.


tabbye chavous headshotDr. Tabbye Chavous is director of the National Center for Institutional Diversity (NCID), associate dean for diversity, equity, and inclusion for the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, and a professor of education and psychology at the University of Michigan. She is also a co-founder and principal investigator of the university’s Center for the Study of Black Youth in Context. A native of Aiken, South Carolina, Dr. Chavous attended the University of Virginia where she received her bachelor’s degree and went on to earn a Ph.D. in Community Psychology. Following her graduate work, Dr. Chavous entered the University of Michigan as an assistant professor and moved up the ranks to professor. Prior to her directorship of NCID, she served as chair of the Combined Program in Education & Psychology (CPEP) and as associate dean of academic programs and initiatives within the Rackham Graduate School at the University of Michigan. She is also a co-founder, co-director, and principal investigator in U-M’s Center for the Study of Black Youth in Context (CSBYC).

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