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Carl R. Ice College of Engineering

Carl R. Ice
College of Engineering

1046 Rathbone Hall
1701B Platt St.
Manhattan, KS 66506

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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Summit

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Ray Dempsey Jr., chief diversity officer for BP America, will be the keynote speaker for the Carl R. Ice College of Engineering 2020 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Summit. 

The event, Tuesday, Oct. 27, will begin at 5 p.m. via Zoom.


Please complete and submit the RSVP form before attending. Zoom information will be shared after submissions are received. 

Schedule of Events
4:30 p.m. Zoom meeting opens
5-5:15 p.m. Opening remarks/welcome
5:15-5:45 p.m. Keynote speaker, Ray Dempsey
5:45-6 p.m. Q&A with keynote speaker 
6-6:05 p.m. Break
6:05-6:30 p.m. Breakout session
6:30-6:55 p.m. DEI panel
6:55-7 p.m. Closing remarks
About the speaker

Ray DempseyRay Dempsey Jr. is the chief diversity officer for BP America. He joined BP in 1990 and has held a variety of management and operational roles in engineering, strategy, finance and external affairs in the U.S. and abroad. Reporting directly to the BP America chairman and president, Dempsey leads a broad portfolio including national strategic relationships and initiatives, supplier diversity, workforce diversity and philanthropy. He comes highly acclaimed, named by Savoy Magazine as one of the “Most Influential Blacks in Corporate America” in 2016 and 2018. Dempsey holds a B.S. in industrial engineering from Kansas State University and an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management in Evanston, Illinois.

Discussion topics
  1. How do you quantify success in diversity, equity and inclusion?
  2. What is the role or purpose of affinity groups for identity cultures and ethnicities?
  3. What training/conversations/resources are offered to address cognitive biases?
  4. What is the culture for the LGBTQ+ community in STEM careers within your company?
  5. What are gender disparities are present in STEM careers?
    (e.g., opportunity costs, wages, recruitment)
  6. What training/conversations/resources are offered to address microaggressions?
    (e.g., process for reporting and action from reports)
  7. What challenges has your company has faced during the COVID-19 pandemic?
    (e.g., digital divide, internet availability, furloughs)


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