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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: Challenging The Racialized Myth

In May 2020, amid COVID-19, a major health pandemic, another critical world-changing event occurred in the tragic death of George Floyd. That moment changed the trajectory of our nation's conversation in how we potentially communicate with, value, and respect one another. It is also a moment where Black Lives Matter is the anthem of equity & justice in the collective voices of a multicultural generation. 
This conversation will frame this moment and deconstruct a few of the myths that continue to divide and harm black, brown, and indigenous bodies, and our collective humanity.

Marion L. Shuck, MA, MPhil

Director of Donor Family Services and Community Outreach

Marion is the Director of Donor Family Services and Community Outreach for Gift of Hope Organ and Tissue Donor Network, while currently serving as President for the Association of Multicultural Affairs in Transplantation. With over 11 years’ experience as a champion for community outreach and a passion for educating and engaging people on the importance of organ and tissue donation.  Her oversight includes the grassroots education and outreach to communities whether they are at work, play, school, church or home, as well as ensuring Family Services assists donor families with finding a “new normal” after the loss of a loved one.  As the former radio host of Let’s Talk Donation with Gift of Hope, Marion raised awareness on a local, regional and national platform to address and combat the myths and misconceptions about organ and tissue donation. Marion contributed and co-authored the research article “African-Americans' perceptions of organ donation: Simply boils down to mistrust”. She holds a Master’s of Philosophy in Management, from Walden University, a Master’s in Human Resource Management from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota, a Bachelors in Leadership Studies from Kendall College and she is currently a Doctoral Candidate in Organizational Leadership and Change at Walden University. as well as, Chair of the Donate Life Illinois State Team, past Advisory Council Member for Donate Life America, past Healthcare Co-Chair for Rainbow/PUSH and Committee Member for the 7th Congressional District of Illinois Health Advisory Committee.  Marion is a courageous donor wife, and has one daughter and resides in Chicago, Illinois.

Freda G. Sampson, MFA

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Strategist

Freda G. Sampson is an advocate for justice and equality, entrepreneur, creative, and author. Her passion stems from observing her father, Rev. Dr. Frederick G. Sampson, II, who was a civil rights leader and pastor who fought for equality for all people. Witnessing that love in action has formed the direction of her personal and professional journey. A diversity and inclusion professional, Freda provides consulting, training and facilitation services to corporations and organizations throughout Michigan and Canada on diversity, inclusion, and cultural competency.

Remonia A. Chapman, BS

Community Outreach Manager and Director of the Minority Organ Tissue Transplant Education Program

Remonia A. Chapman is the community outreach manager and director of the Minority Organ Tissue Transplant Education Program (MOTTEP) Gift of Life Michigan.  She is also the past national president of the Association for Multicultural Affairs in Transplantation (AMAT).  Under Chapman’s leadership, Gift of Life MOTTEP and the Detroit MOTTEP Foundation have received many national awards for increasing organ awareness and donation rates in Michigan. During Chapman’s tenure with the organization, National MOTTEP has honored the Gift of Life MOTTEP as a model program because of its community collaborations, partnerships and community empowerment.  Chapman is a devoted health advocate whose career exemplifies spirituality and service. She was recently honored by the Detroit News as one of the 2018 Michiganians of the Year.

Chapman earned a bachelor’s of science degree in biology and psychology from Wayne State University. She has also completed post-graduate health education programs at Wayne State University and Case Western Reserve University-School of Medicine. She has also completed graduate studies at Ecumenical Theological Seminary in Detroit, Leadership Detroit’s Class XXXIII and Harvard Divinity School Summer Leadership Institute. Remonia is an associate minister at Hartford Memorial Baptist Church, under the leadership of Rev. Charles Christian Adams, and Pastor Emeritus, Rev. Dr. Charles G. Adams.  She is a life member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Alpha Rho Omega Chapter, and serves on the local, regional and international levels. 

Donyale Padgett, Ph.D

Donyale R. Padgett is an educator and communications professional with 20 years of progressive industry experience and over 15 years of teaching experience at the college level. She currently serves as Associate Professor of Diversity, Culture, and Communication in the Department of Communication at Wayne State University (WSU), where she has worked since 2002. Professor Padgett holds a doctorate degree from Howard University in rhetoric and intercultural communication. She also holds a master’s degree in organizational communication/public relations and a bachelor’s degree in journalism – both from Wayne State University. Much of her research focuses on issues of race and culture, with particular emphasis on crises that affect marginalized and underrepresented groups. She has published numerous articles in academic journals and presents her work at regional and national conferences. She is also a very active practitioner, a sought-after speaker on topics of diversity and inclusion, and works with numerous organizations to improve communications programming and provide more inclusive workspaces.


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