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Author and communication expert Brenda Allen to present at Whitworth Sept. 30

September 16, 2014
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University of Colorado’s Professor of Communications and Associate Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion Brenda Allen presents “Communicating Difference Matters” on Sept. 30 at 7 p.m., in Weyerhaeuser Hall’s Robinson Teaching Theatre. This lecture is free and open to the public.

“In this time of rapidly changing demographics and dissolution of social barriers, we must learn to value difference and recognize that difference matters if we are to produce citizens who can compete in a diverse global market economy and who have the capacity to honor God, follow Christ, and serve humanity,” Lawrence Burnley, Whitworth’s assistant vice president for diversity and intercultural relations, says. “Brenda Allen’s work, voice, and extraordinary insights will make a significant contribution to Whitworth’s and the Spokane region’s growth in the area of intercultural competency in education and beyond.”

In addition to working at the University of Colorado, Allen has written numerous publications, including Difference Matters: Communicating Social Identity. She specializes in organizational communication, the study of interaction and dialogue within organizational contexts. In 2013, Allen received the Elizabeth D. Gee Memorial Award in honor of her outstanding efforts to advance women in academia, interdisciplinary scholarly contributions and distinguished teaching.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian church. The university, which has an enrollment of nearly 3,000 students, offers 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


Lawrence Burnley, assistant vice president for diversity and intercultural relations, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4215 or

Lucas Beechinor, media relations manager, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4703 or