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Diversity measurement expert to speak at Rosa Parks Symposium

1 December 09

Dr Edward Hubbard, founder of the Hubbard Diversity Measurement and Productivity Institute and Chief Executive of Hubbard and Hubbard, an international organisation and human performance consulting corporation, will make a keynote address at a free conference at the University of Bradford on Monday, 7 December 2009.

Dr Hubbard, who has undertaken extensive research in the area of diversity measurement and has developed automated software technologies for measuring the impact of diversity on organisational performance, will speak at the fifth Annual Rosa Parks Symposium at the Norcroft Centre, at the University.  

Rosa Parks, heralded the mother of the civil rights movement, died in 2005.  Since then, the University of Bradford, Bradford Metropolitan District Council and partner organisations have been keen to recognise this icon as a champion of freedom, equality and justice.  

The focus of this year's event is to discuss progress towards race equality ten years after the publication of the 'Stephen Lawrence Inquiry Report' by Sir Macpherson and will feature drama presentations from two schools, reflecting on the experience of Stephen Lawrence and aspects of modern day racism. The Symposium will also feature addresses by Emeritus Professor Gary Craig, Head of the Centre for Research in Social Inclusion and Social Justice, University of Hull, Ratna Lachman, Director of JUST West Yorkshire, Shanta Driver, partner at Scheff, Washington & Driver, a leading civil rights and labour law firm and Bellavia Ribeiro-Addy National Black Students' Officer for the National Union of Students (NUS).

Director of the Centre for Inclusion and Diversity and Professor of Diversity at the University of Bradford, Professor Udy Archibong, said: "This year's Symposium aims to highlight the intrinsic value added to organisations by achieving excellence in relation to diversity and focuses very much upon practical measures that organisations can put in place to achieve this goal."

The conference will take place from 9.30am - 4.30pm, Monday 7 December 2009 at Norcroft Conference Centre, University of Bradford.  To reserve a free place contact Events Bradford 01274 233217 or email  Alternatively, visit

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