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For Immediate Release
November 14, 2017

IPFW's UC2 Holds Panel Discussion on Identity and Inequality in the Workplace

FORT WAYNE, Ind.—Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne’s (IPFW) University Community Conversation (UC2) presents “Identity and Inequality in the Workplace—A UC2 Panel Discussion” on Thursday, November 16, from 6 to 7:15 p.m. in the large meeting room of the Allen County Public Library’s Pontiac Branch, located at 2215 South Hanna Street.

UC2 is a public engagement program sponsored by the university’s Institute for Research, Scholarship, and Creative Endeavors. The goal of UC2 is to bring together experts from the campus and the community to tackle topics that pertain to northeast Indiana. This year, UC2 will focus events on how we care for the community.

The final event scheduled for fall 2017 is focused on issues surrounding identity and inequality in the workplace. With a continued rise in wage inequality, there are a number of identities (race, ethnicity, gender, etc.) that play a role in where someone falls on that line of inequality. This discussion delves into that idea and how concepts like professionalism and social expectations in the workplace can affect identity. Can creating a more caring workplace for employees address both identity and inequality?

“Identity and Inequality in the Workplace—A UC2 Panel Discussion” will address three issues related to the topic, including the challenges and opportunities diversity presents in the workplace, what diversity can do to reduce inequality, and what effect creating a caring workplace for employees has on inequality and discrimination.

Panelist include:

  • Christine Marcuccilli, associate director of compliance and Title IX coordinator in Human Resources and Office of Institutional Equity
  • Victoria Sarjeant, assistant director of alumni relations
  • Ken Christmon, associate vice chancellor for admissions
  • Kim McDonald, associate dean of engineering, technology, and computer science and professor of organizational leadership

This event is free and open to the public. There will be time for audience questions at the end of the presentation.

For additional information, contact Stephen Buttes at 260-481-6630 or