Diversity Speaker Series
A collaboration with the Defamation League Orange County/Long Beach


The Diversity Speaker Series is in collaboration with the Anti-Defamation League Orange County/Long Beach. This series is open to all LBCC faculty, staff, and students. Spaces are limited.

To RSVP for the Diversity Speakers Series, visit Register for Diversity Speakers Series. Contact cleon@lbcc.edu or 562-938-4512 with questions.

Examining Power & Privilege

Speaker: Shannon McGowan, Ph.D.

In this collaborative workshop, participants will explore the ways systems of power and privilege work to oppress marginalized groups in society. We will examine how the cycle of power relates to our understanding of the systems of oppression and use this knowledge to develop skills towards dismantling structural bias, discrimination, and injustice.

Day Time Location
Thursday, February 20, 2020 12:00PM – 1:30PM LAC, T-1200

Challenging Biased Language

Speaker: Shannon McGowan, Ph.D.

With Americans across the country reporting sustained increases in hate incidents and crimes year after year, we ask where does this hate and bigotry come from and why now? This talk will explore the current trends, how bias can be weaponized, and the extremist recruitment efforts on campuses and in communities.

Day Time Location
Wednesday, March 25, 2020 12:00PM – 1:30PM PCC, QQ-112

Strategies for Interrupting Bias

Speaker: Shannon McGowan, Ph.D.

Through interactive practice, we will learn specific strategies to respond to stereotypes, prejudice, and bias. These strategies will better equip participants to respond effectively and appropriately whenever they witness bias. And, when we are better equipped to interrupt bias, we are able to positively impact intergroup relations.

Day Time Location
Tuesday, April 21, 2020 12:00PM – 1:30PM LAC, T-1200

About the Speaker


As the Education Director for the Orange County/Long Beach region of ADL, Shannon oversees all training programs, including anti-bias and bullying prevention, as well as the No Place for Hate® K-12 initiative. Shannon joined the ADL in 2019 after a diverse career in education. Throughout her time in academia, she also worked with the State Board of Education, served on the Bias Response Team, and collaborated with campus leadership to confront bias in all forms and advocate for equity and inclusion for all students, faculty, and staff.

If you require accommodations, please contact the Disabled Students Programs & Services (DSPS) at least 72 hours prior to the event at (562) 938-4558 or (562) 938-4833 (TTY) or dsps-staff@lbcc.edu. If you require sign language interpreting services, please contact Stephanie Bonales at sbonales@lbcc.edu or (562) 938-4918 at least 7 days prior to the event.