2014 ADEA Fall Meetings, held October 23–25 in Fort Lauderdale, FL, featured engaging plenary speakers who emphasized the importance of diversity and inclusion.
The Opening Plenary Session on Thursday afternoon featured Scott E. Page, Ph.D., M.A., the Leonid Hurwicz Collegiate Professor of Complex Systems, Political Science and Economics at the University of Michigan. Dr. Page provided historical and qualitative proof that diverse perspectives solved tough problems and achieved better outcomes.
On Friday morning, attendees heard from Dennis Mitchell, D.D.S., M.P.H., Senior Associate Provost for Faculty Diversity and Inclusion for Columbia University in the City of New York and Senior Associate Dean for Student Development for the Columbia University College of Dental Medicine. Dr. Mitchell spoke on how diverse perspectives positioned teams for better outcomes and described the value of diverse teams for problem-solving at institutions.