September 19, 2019 -- This week, Logan University
presented an interactive diversity program called “The Defamation Experience,” wherein
issues of race, religion, ethnicity, gender and class were addressed through a mock
The trial centered around an
African American female business owner suing a wealthy Jewish North Shore real
estate developer for defamation. The business owner had to prove that the real
estate developer had made a false accusation and that it had caused her
Students, faculty and staff who attended had the opportunity
to be the jury and participate in the deliberations and post-show discussion,
all designed to encourage greater tolerance and understanding.
Chief of Compliance and Engagement Herbert Caldwell, who helped bring The
Defamation Experience to Logan along with Student Affairs and Human Resources,
said he strives
to create opportunities that encourage people to think about, and have dialogues
on, diversity, equity and inclusion.
Part of that, he
said, is helping bring various platforms to Logan that address the sometimes
complex issues that arise in society as well as in higher education.
is the mission of Logan University to be a diverse and
engaging community that produces leaders in health and wellness,” he said “As
leaders, we should be armed with the mindset and tools to be able to navigate
with civility both our professional and personal experiences with those who may
differ from us in background, ideology, gender, ability, race, religion, political
view and any other way.”
Herbert hopes the event will serve as a springboard for
the Logan community to have thoughtful conversation around topics that are
often difficult to talk about.